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The Telecom Digest for February 26, 2013
Volume 32 : Issue 50 : "text" Format
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Robocallers in Slashdot News (Jim Haynes)
Re: Robocallers in Slashdot News (HAncock4)

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Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2013 16:31:33 -0600 From: Jim Haynes <jhaynes@cavern.uark.edu> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Robocallers in Slashdot News Message-ID: <slrnkil565.1ne.jhaynes@Frances.localdomain> "A New York Times consumer columnist tracked down the people who run a 'This is your second and final notice" robocall operation. The calls came from Account Management Assistance, which promises to negotiate lower credit card rates with banks. One woman paid them $1,000, and all they did was give her a limited-time zero-percent credit card that she could have gotten herself. AMA has a post office box in Orlando, Florida. The Better Business Bureau has a page for Your Financial Ladder, which does business as Account Management Assistance, and as Economic Progress. According to a Florida incorporation filing, Economic Progress is operated by Brenda Helfenstine, with her husband Tony. The Arkansas attorney general has sued Your Financial Ladder for violating the Telemarketing Consumer Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services investigated Your Financial Ladder, but the investigator went to 1760 Sundance Drive, St. Cloud, which turned out to be a residence, and gave up. The Times notes that you can type their phone number (855-462-3833) into http://800notes.com/ and get lots of reports on them." -- jhhaynes at earthlink dot net
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:36:48 -0800 (PST) From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Robocallers in Slashdot News Message-ID: <f87b9e0d-254f-4837-9adc-c0788d3a1442@5g2000yqz.googlegroups.com> On Feb 24, 5:31 pm, Jim Haynes <jhay...@cavern.uark.edu> wrote: > "A New York Times consumer columnist ... Here is the NYT article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/24/your-money/telemarketers-tactics-and-regulators-response-elicit-complaints.html?_r=4& ; Nothing was said about the US Govt going after them for violating the do-not-call lists by making the calls in the first place and refusing to identify themselves. Given the very high volume of calls that they make and their alleged fraud, I would think the appropriate federal agency would take some action. <sigh>
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