I have had MULTIPLE calls in the last week left on my answering machine from a automated message that says "This is a service verification call. We will call back later." I called back the number (1-206-395-7183) last weekend and the phone was anwered by another automated message that did not identify the company and said that I had to give them MY number to be put on a Do Not Call list (I am already on the government's official Do Not Call list). I did not leave any information because this looked like a SCAM OF SOME SORT. I checked the 206 area code on the internet and found that it is a code for Washington State. Today (4/26/10) I picked up the phone when it rang --it turned out to be a representative from Ver A Fast (a telephone call service group). The representative (she said her name was Monica Lightfoot) told me that Ver A Fast is located in ROCKY RIVER OHIO but somehow (she didn't know how) they were able to make the automated calls appear as if they were from Washington State (this REALLY made me think it's some type of SCAM). "Monica Lightfoot" confirmed that the computer generated calls were from her company and that she wanted to know if I wanted to keep receiving the Washington Examiner for free.
PLEASE -- IF the Washington Examiner is really paying these folks to harass potential customers with numerous phone calls maybe we should blame this all on the Washington Examiner!
I asked to speak to her supervisor and spoke to the Call Center "System Manager" named "Jonette Sims." Both Jonette Sims and Monica Lightfoot gave me the name and number of a Mary Phillips -- (phone number 800-840-5386
) after I asked for a higher supvisor. Monica Lightfoot also gave me the following number to find out more about Ver A Fast: 800-531-1223
These folks are VERY ANNOYING (at a minimum). According to the Ver A Fast web site they have computer software that calls people for "service verification purposes". What a business!
I am posting this here in hope that if we all share info maybe we can find a way to stop this type of activity (or at least identify companies that do business with call centers who steal our privacy and peace in our homes).