The war is stacked against us. An infinite number of ways they can get your number and almost no way to identify them because the phone companies allow them to spoof caller ID. Who all as had a call from themself? How about Technical Support? If the number they choose to use is in your directory, it pops as that person or business.How is it that telemarketing is even legal?
Telemarketing (soliciting business by means of a phone call) is legal, provided the telemarketer complies with the law, including the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Consumer Protection Act. You might be surprised to learn that the Act prohibits:
How did they even get your phone number?
- calls to your home before 8 a.m. and after 9 p.m.
- robocalling without your prior written consent
- robocalling without an opt-out mechanism
- all calls that don't identify the caller, who they're calling on behalf of, and contact info for such person.
- calls to anyone on the Do Not Call Registry (other than exempted calls).
Most telemarketers purchase phone numbers from third party data providers. Here's how those providers may have gotten your number, according to the Better Business Bureau:
- You called an 800, 888, and/or 900 number (they use caller I.D. technology and collect phone numbers).
- You applied for credit.
- You contribute to charities.
- You're a registered voter.
- You bought anything, or entered any contest, and gave your phone number in the process.
- Your phone number is on your checks.
- You call a business, and they have caller I.D. (which, you should assume they do).
Verizon Wireless's attittude is, oh well. I called to report the "Technical Support" call. Clearly it was a scam, so I hung up. But how many people pressed 1 thinnking htere was something wrong with their account?