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FYI here is my email

"To: 'rjoseph@fasano-assoc.com'
Cc: 'legislative@career.org'; 'cpo@ftc.gov'

Dear Rose

We spoke when I phoned to ask you to remove my name from your list. You asked me to send you an email to request that. This is that email.

For the past 3 days I received numerous phone calls. The callers said that I had filled out an online form about further education (I did not), and that DegreeStreet had given them my personal details! I asked each caller to not call again, and they agreed, but I think it would be more efficient if we nipped this at the source, which seems to be your firm:
http://www.fasanoandassociates.com/datacards/degree_street.htm

For your information here are the phone numbers of the callers I spoke with (plus one that was not listed at all)
805-456-1721
866-722-6698 "AIG member company"
800-973-0379 "Education Bridge"
224-653-7000 "Colorado Technical Univ"
720-221-0351
410-774-8401
858-677-9724

Thanks for pulling the plug on this."
m
 Jan 22nd, 2009
I talked to Rose Joseph who is the list manager here:
http://www.fasanoandassociates.com/datacards/degree_street.htm
She was polite and asked me to email her rjoseph@fasano-assoc.com requesting that I be removed from the list.
I hope that works and not a trick to get my email address as well!
m
 Jan 21st, 2009
These people have been calling once or twice a day for the last 6 days. I recorded the date and time of 11 different calls listing different education-related services. The last call when I told the caller that I wanted to be put on their Do Not Call list he responded, literally, Oh no you didn't just say that! You CANNOT speak to me that way. Seriously! that was his response. I told him I was marking the date and time of his call and was calling the federal trade commission and he hung up.
DC
 Sep 11th, 2008
These people called yesterday wanting to talk to me of course I told him that we weren't interested and thanked him for calling I think it stunned him and gave me time to hang up! Of course I had to look up the phone number since we don't know anyone in Gaviota, CA in fact I've never heard of the place. Just because you go online and vist some websites doesn't mean you want to be harrassed.
TICKED OF IN TN
 Jul 10th, 2008
calls a few times every day, keeps hanging up on the answering machine and don't leave a message.
Robin
 Apr 02nd, 2008
Called several times sometimes Unknown Number. I asked what the name of the company was and the phone number. The lady said it was an internet call and she didn't know. Five calls in two days with each call being answered and my number requested to be removed. Education Decision is what they normally lead with. 805-567-0153 - Somehow they got my name and number for continueing education which I'm on the Federal Do Not Call List.
Jason
 Mar 26th, 2008
I've been called 10 times in two days. When I answer there is noone on the other line. I call the number back and get a answering machine with a ladies voice. She even says if I wish to be taken off the list just leave my number and name and she will make it happen. I've left 5 messages so far. This is ridiculous.
RB
 Feb 29th, 2008
Called twice with noone on the other line
B
 Feb 27th, 2008
Called and asked for my wife, I said she was here but who was calling. He said it waas Aaron from degreestreet.com and he would call back later. A little weird since I had already said that my wife was available...

I dug online and found that this is a technique used to validate contact information for people and get them onto vaious "Managed lists"

The comany that manages this list is Fasano and Associates, check out the website...

http://www.fasanoandassociates.com/datacards/degree_street.htm
annoyed
 Feb 23rd, 2008
they called me two times. I called back, got a recording saying if I got a call from that number it was because I had expressed an interest in continuing my education (LIE). Then it went on to say, if you wish to be removed from their calling list to leave my number. Which I did, lets see if I get more calls. I think this started y'day when I signed up to receive a free makeup product online...next thing I know I have hundreds of spam emails selling me something....now the phone calls.. YIKES!!! Dirty Rotten B's
aj
 Jan 31st, 2008
called me 6x in 24 hours.. they said i expressed ana interest in cont. education. very persistent.
maryam
 Dec 12th, 2007
I reported them to the FTC as well as the federal reserve. since they are wanting credit card information, to use it it illegally. it is a federal crime. fines or not, they do in fact get nasty, and are very persistant (recieved 12 calls in one 24 hour period. they are based in ?Gaviota Ga. and are a scam. they have stolen millions of dollars from mostly older people who dont get to read the bloggers.
Keebler
 Oct 24th, 2007
I called back and the recorder said if you are getting a call from this number it is because you recently expressed an interest in continuing education
bingo
 Oct 23rd, 2007
I have received numerous calls from this number and several others. I ask everyone where they get my number from. It is always the same - from an inquiry form that you filled out online for x-product or service. I tell every single one of them that is bogus. And the reason I know they are lying is because I never put my number in anything online. If something requires a phone number I always list a bogus number, so that is a way that I know they obtained my number through an illegal means and are making an illegal telemarketing/scam call. The reason I kow that is because my number is listed on the do not call registry (www.donotcall.gov). So they need to remove any information they have in their system about me as I will be reporting this call to the federal authorities. When I hang up I go online and to the do not call site and file a complaint. If everyone does this then maybe action will be taken by the government.
HB
 Oct 18th, 2007
My problem is the same as everyone elses. I also get the same kind of calls from these #s.613-226-4730 and 805-567-0153
Karen
 Oct 02nd, 2007
Several calls from this #. No caller ID, just says "CHICAGO, IL." These started about a week after calls from caller ID "CALIFORNIA" 805-567-0153) started.
Dian
 Sep 28th, 2007
Frequently called by this number asking for "Steve". Called cell phone number at least twice a day.
TC
 Sep 26th, 2007
NCO Financial never seems to learn it’s lessons. The were fined by by the FTC $1,500,000.00 but continue with their same old tricks. They will try to intimidate consumers with various tactics. One of their favorite ones is when you question them about an alleged debt that they are trying to collect on, they get real snotty. You may or may not owe the debt, but that does not give them the right to treat you like dirt on the phone. If you cower easy to these types of tactics just hang up.
One of the easiest ways to get NCO Financial to go away is to send them a request for validation. A request for validation is simply a letter stating that you do not know what the debt is for and you want more information. By law they have to provide you with the name of the original creditor, the original creditors address and phone number. 9 times out of 10 they will reply with a letter that they are no longer attempting to collect on that debt.

Another thing that they do is use a predictive dialer for out going calls. If they call you on your cell phone with a predictive dialer they owe you $500.00 end of discussion. That is a violation of the Telephone Consumers Protection Act. Make sure you document the day and time that they called you on your cellphone and wait for your bill. When you receive your cellphone bill fire off a letter telling them that you know that they broke the law with a redacted copy of your phone bill and wait for their attorney to call you. If done properly you can leverage this to get rid of a debt they are attempting to collect
mamma
 Sep 13th, 2007

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