I’ve had all my telephone numbers registered with federal government’s Do Not Call program for years. And for years, it’s worked like a charm. Never to be disturbed, nor abused by wankers. Of course, the partial wankers during the election cycle were polite and stopped calling when asked.
But for the past few months, these telemarketeers, masquerading as research firms conducting surveys, have found a way to skirt the law. Thank God for Caller ID (it shows up on the TV screen) so we let such calls go to voicemail. Of course, they don’t leave a message, but they keep calling for weeks on end. At some point they either stop, take a breather, or tag team with other “research firms” who then start calling. Ad Infinitum.
Tonight the call came from 270 643 0222. The number and dates from the Google hits indicate those calling from this number have been abusing people for years. The correct process is to register a complaint with donotcall.gov. Been there. Done that. Nothing happens. Just the more than one million Google hits on this number (did I say going back years?) is prima facie evidence the FTC is either naive, impotent, understaffed, misdirected or ordered by some politico higher up the food chain not do do anything about it.
It doesn’t do any good to adequately reason with the schmucks who are conducting these “surveys.” They’ve got the script down pat. Probably need the job, especially in this economy. Still, is there anything one can do? Can I threaten to call them abusers and tell them I will blow my police whistle into the receiver if they call me again?