I answered them, then when I told them I wasn't the person they were looking for, they got pushy. I found a good blast from one of the air horns right into the phone got them to hang up.I don't care that the person they asked for wasn't here, I get calls for them all the time, but just tell me you're sorry and hang up, I guess they can't help being idiots, but maybe if they call enough they'll be deaf idiots.
"Foxy" could scarcely be more wrong, not to mention mostly off topic. Firstly, the DNC registry is for telemarketers, meaning sales. Charities, debt collectors, political speech, and surveyors are all exempt as they are not included in the FTC definition of "telemarketing". This was made known to you when you registered your numbers.
Next, collection of charged-off debt is NOT illegal. That is a laughable claim, as there would be no third party collections industry without the creditor practice of charge-off, which is really just a way of changing the file category of an account from "healthy" or "performing" to "no so hot". Severely aged debt can be collected as easily as fresh accounts, if any of the collector's many traps and tricks work on you.
This recurring "GET REVENGE" post really needs to go away, as this is not a valid debtor defense strategy. All it takes is one pranked agent to be irked enough to send the account on a fast track to litigation, and your stupid whistles and air horns and sound boards won't save you from the judge.
Very interesting how the reps tuck tail when they know you are prepared to defend your rights. If you are receiving repeated, misdirected, and/or abusive calls from a third party debt collector, you may find relief in the provisions of the FDCPA, which regulates collector behavior and provides you simple tools for your own defense. It grants you control of how you are contacted, and collectors can be sued for their crimes. Learn your rights and first response tactics at FTC-dot-gov.
Resident47 Nov 06th, 2010
these people call my house more than 4 times a day the people that they are looking for dont live here never have ,and they countinue to call
these scammers try to collect old debt which is charged off! This is illegal. Report numbers to Do Not Call, but register your phone number first (donotcall.gov). It takes 30 days before you can report them for nuisance calls. Don't give up! But don't answer after the first time and if the recording gives a name they are calling for, hang up even if it is you! Make sure you check your credit report and dispute discrepancies.
I keep my cell phone off and have no voicemail on it; that helps when I'm busy anyway and can't answer.
Work from Home scammers can make your life miserable if you fall for their claims. Use distinctive ringtones/ringback tones so you don't answer or they get an earful of endless loop sound effects (farting, burping, dog barking, screaming, etc.) when the call connects (instead of normal ring). They get the message quick and hang up! Good Luck.
calls and leaves no message i do not answer calls unknown
sweetmomma Oct 14th, 2010
Not home when call came in. No message left. They called Sunday at 8:24pm.
Just for fun, if you are working or living in an environment that you could do this in, answer the phone whenever a suspected telemarketer is on the line. If you hear a real human voice and they start their shpeel, hold a gas charged air-horn to the phone & blast them for a second or two! You can get them from amazon.com for as little as $7.00 for the 1.4oz can or under $30.00 for the 8oz which will last a very long time if used in short bursts. Refill 8oz cans are about $16.00. Free Shipping often available on orders over $25.00!
Even if it's a recording, wait and see if a human takes over the call or if there is an option for them to start recording you, then blast them!
Don't get mad, GET REVENGE!
GET REVENGE Jun 25th, 2010
Called said I had a balance on a credit card which I do not use. Wanted my last four numbers of my ssn
Brenda Sweeney Jun 24th, 2010
Scum-friggin-bags called the house at 2:30pm on a Sunday afternoon! What is wrong with this picture? There are consumer laws that protect us from crap like this, so why don't these *&$^% get with the program! Haven't had any debt in over 10 years...don't use credit cards AT ALL! Hope they all rot in hell....
Portfolio Recovery and Anchor Receivables:
Call your local phone company to see if they have a service called "Call Intercept".. there is a monthly charge to have this service. With "Call Intercept", you can block any number in the United States. I have "Call Intercept" on my home phone thru Verizon and I am able to block 25 numbers. The person calling your number will get a recording saying "THE PERSON YOU ARE CALLING DOES NOT ACCEPT CALLS FROM THIS NUMBER, GOOD BYE." It's GREAT blocking Portfolio Recovery Associates from calling all day from different numbers. I am hoping that Verizon will extend call count from 25 to 50 numbers.
They have about 20 numbers in many different area codes. I don't pick up when I don't recognize the number. My wife picked up and the guy got into some facts regarding a debt that was actually discharged in bankruptcy. I told him that, and hung up.
Calls frequently. Never leaves a message.
Called my dad's house looking for me stating that they are trying to collect a debt. I have not listed his number for my contact info in over ten years and I have had no past due accounts to any creditors in over 8 years. Sounds like a bogus company trying to force someone to pay on an account that is not their's to me.
They asked for a name I did not recognize, but when I said that I was on a no-call list and would appreciate if my number were removed from their list, the young man got angry. He said he was not a telemarketer, that he was a debt collector. He asked if I was the spouse of the name he asked for. To delve further into the call I said sure, and this upset him more. He said that this was a "personal business matter". Very unprofessional. Furthermore, no one in my house has delinquent debt, so I do not know how they obtained our number. I believe these are predators and I am going to report them on every site I know!
Apparently these scumbags go looking for ancient debt and think you are dumb enough to pay up. This is from an account last paid on in 2001 so I told them I had no intention of paying it and that the statute of limitations had long since run out. The lady asked "what does that mean to you" and I told her it means that by law I am NOT required to pay them. She got off the phone pretty quickly after that. Interesting...
One of the many numbers Portfolio Recovery Associates uses to harass people. They are a debt collector who has not stopped calling for about a year. No one in my household nor I have any delinquent or outstanding debt. I once picked up and they asked for someone I never heard of. Now I simply block all their numbers. Do not even bother with these people.