My first telemarketing call since DNC went live

I just got a phone call from 250-649-7428. The lady went right into a spiel about insurance. Some kind of stupid survey. I asked her who the sponsor of the study was. She didn’t know, so I asked for her supervisor. A few minutes later Eric came on the line. The name of the company was Synovate. He didn’t know who the sponsoring company of the survey was either. Supposedly telling me that would bias the results I give. Yeah, because if it was the insurance company I use, I’d be switching companies! Eric agreed with me that they should run their list through the DNC list, but they don’t. He then said he would remove my phone number from their list for all clients.

I’ve been on the Do-Not-Call List since the first day I could sign up. According to Eric, Congress exempted “surveys.” I’m sorry, but a marketing survey is a commercial call, so marketing companies should be required to follow the Do Not Call list. I am disappointed by Congress allowing such a large loophole to exist. A survey that could be exempt would be true non-profit organizations (not the fake ones like the one in Georgia that rips you off by soliciting money for the state police.) Actually, I think there should be two Do Not Call lists: one for commercial entities (which would be broader than our current list), and one for the currently “exempted” groups (political organizations, charities, and telephone surveyors). If I don’t want to be bugged by political candidates recording looong messages on my answering machine, I should be able to choose that up-front. But I do realize the futility of getting any politican to make it easy for citizens (you know, the ones paying their salary) to not receive unsolicited political phone calls.

I have a filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission about the survey call I got.

22 Comments

  1. i got two of these calls in the last 3 days. the funny thing is that they are calling from Prince George, BC Canada. long distance to pester me. i have not been home, but at least i now know who they are.

  2. Yea, I too have gotten a few of these in the past 5 days. I answered the other day and I cut the lady off before she could say anything because a hornet got into my house!

  3. I,too,have been getting these calls (Moss Bluff Louisiana) and as many others probably have also. I’m sure it is someone defrauding people out of their monies. I always let the machine answer it. AND modern technology isn’t advanced enough….call block does not work with the out of the country phone number!!!

  4. I also got one of these call while I was on computor, so my call wave took the call and I got the number… The Prince Charles BC is what really threw me… but I will watch for the number in the future.. I also am on the No Call List..

  5. I got this call too, in Phoenix, Ariona. It’s interesting that it’s coming from Canada. Perhaps the company believes it can’t be prosecuted for violating DNC rules because it is outside the United States.

  6. I got a call last night from the same number mentioned above and it was an entirely different message. It was very weird. The guy said, “this is Agent Johnson from the FBI and I’m calling about the test tubes”.
    I said you have the wrong number and he said, “no I don’t dude” and I said, “yes, (long pause) you do”

  7. I just got a call from this number at my office. I looked it up on 411.com and the report said it was private or not listed. I get hammered by salespeople all the time in my job (Information Technology) to the point that now, if I don’t recognize the number or name, I don’t answer. Oddly enough, right before this call came in, I got one from 208-906-1006. I couldn’t find any info on that one.

  8. Hmm…the past 2 days i received a call from the same # as greg, 208-906-1006. I decided to google the number and it lead me here. i’m guessing another telemarketer? i doubt greg and i are connected by anyone in any way.

  9. I’ve received numerous calls over the past two weeks from the number listed above (208-906-1006), sometimes twice a day. Caller ID lists it as belonging to Contact America. After ignoring so many calls, I’ve answered the call thirce to give them an ear-full, but no one responds to me. I’ve even waited until they have disconnected the line (about 30 seconds), but still no reply. I plan on listing this with DNC, but am curious if anyone else has?

  10. You can and should report Do Not Call violations to the FTC. But in my opinion it does no good. And the telemarketers know this. The few times the FTC has gone after a “Bad” telemarketer, they settled for pennies on the dollar instead of fining the company the full $11,000 per violation.

  11. i just got that number calling me for three days now and here i am looking it up on google. 208 906 1006, and i am calling it back to see where it takes me, nowhere. they hang up. i wish i could get their house number and call them and bother them when it is not convient.

  12. I have been receiving calls from this 208-906-1006 number for the past month, two or three days a week. I have attempted to call back and get no answer or just they just hang up on me..

  13. I have been receiving a call from this number 208-906-1006 for the past month, everyday at least three times a day. I too am on the NO CALL LIST for our state. I have attempted to call back and keep getting no answer, or hung up on. I am going to report this to my Attorney Generals Office.

  14. i have just started getting calls last week from the (208)906-1006 number and thinking i had missed a clients call, rang it back to get a message saying the office was closed. when i googled it i found this blog site. i called my provider t-mobile, who said they cannot block it but confirmed that it was a t-mobile number. is anyone else receiving these calls on t-mobile as that would be interesting if its network-specific. the t-mobile operator said that there is nothing they can do to stop the calls from this number as its ‘illegal’ for them to call it for any reason (something i find highly unbelievable).

    can everyone else who received this nuisance and has anyone else complained to t-mobile.

  15. sorry i need to correct myself – i talked to a different person at t-mobile who said this 208 906 1006 number is not a t-mobile number. still it would be interesting to find out what networks other people receiving this are on. i am getting the calls religiously every day around midday PST.

  16. To Rachel: I don’t know if its “illegal” for T-Mobile to call a number, but it kind of makes sense. If that number were a T-Mobile #, it could be seen as an attempt to use up someone’s minutes.

    Definitely file a complaint with the FTC at http://www.donotcall.gov and your state’s Attorney General’s office. Although neither will give you any kind of immediate response. If the FTC gets enough complaints about a specific telemarketer, they will give them a slap on the wrist (nowhere near the $11,000 they could fine them for each violation), but around a dollar per reported offense. ($1 million fine for 64 million hang-ups, and over a million DoNotCall list violations).

  17. I finally got them to answer! I’ve been receiving calls daily for weeks from 208-906-1006. When I do pick up, there’s no one on the other end–ever. I tried calling the number back and was repeatedly put on hold–then it would hang up after about 30 seconds. I finally got a human on the line, explaining that they (Contact America) are a call center outsourcing agency and often make calls on behalf of your own credit and mortgage companies / providers, etc., –who do have the right to call you, by the way, regardless of DNC, since you are already their customer. Not very effective if they don’t even pick up when THEY call YOU! Anyway, I asked to be put on their own DNC list, and was told that I would be. Hope this helps!

  18. I have been getting hang ups for a couple of months and finally star 69’d to get the number. 208-906-1006 Instead of calling I decided to google it and found this blog. Thanks for the insight!

  19. I just called the number listed on the Contact America website. 1-800-887-6820. I got a real person right away. I explained how I was getting repeated phone calls from 208-906-1006 and there would be noone on the line when I answered. She proceeded to apologize and explain how they were apparently having problems because I was probably the 20th person to call today. I went on further to explain how I had googled the number that appeared on my caller ID and found several blog sites with numerous people complaining about getting calls from this same number. She took the number and said it would be looked into. As well as my own to make sure it wouldn’t be called again. Lets hope this fixes the problem. I would encourage others to call them too. Good luck.

  20. Who would make repeated calls from an unmanned number, leaving blank messages or leaving you on a phone line with nobody on the other end? Contact America, the so-called “Highest Quality Call Center Service In The Industry” (according to its Website). This has happened enough times, over a long enough period of time, that I don’t think they are having a “problem.” I don’t know what they are doing, but it smells really fishy to me. We are on the DNC list and this is a violation.

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