Tracfone Telemarketing

This morning I received a phone call from 1-800-419-7370. Caller ID showed it as “Unknown.” So I let the answering machine pick up. It was Tracfone, the pre-paid cell phone company. They left a pre-recorded message with some sales offers. I called back to “opt-out” and was told all circuits were busy. I redialed a …

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Car Warranty Telephone Scams

Have you been getting those ridiculous telemarketing scams from some robot telling you that your car’s warranty has expired? I got my call from 909-691-9149. See these articles for more information: As states investigate extended auto warranty industry, consumers launch class-action suit against Wentzville firm Want the phone number to the “Your car’s warranty is …

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Personal Privacy, FISA, and The Phone Company

“Personal privacy is protected because it is essential to liberty and the pursuit of happiness” – Frank Church, 1976 Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) just defeated an attempt to pass the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) which would have provided immunity to telecommunications companies who cooperated with the Bush administration’s secret wiretapping program. But the bill …

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Telephone Privacy: the Right to be Left Alone

When I am at my home, I don’t want to be disturbed with phone calls from people I don’t know. Some companies get the phone numbers to call from phone books, others use a computer to randomly generate phone numbers, and others buy customer lists from otehr companies. I have started to track down companies …

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