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Catch ’em evil robocallers!

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Have you received the robocall that goes something along the lines of “Your auto warranty has expired…” and then you are prompted to connect to a specialist to extend the warranty. Most of my friends and I have got these annoying messages. They are a huge scam. And I despise them because they give an awful rep. to a technology that can be used for great purposes (e.g. emergency notifications, practice/game reminders, birth announcements, etc.).

Well, the good news is that the Feds (the FTC specifically) are going after the perpetrators of this huge telephone scam. “This is one of the most aggressive telemarketing schemes the FTC has ever encountered,” FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz said. More than 1 billion of such calls have been made. Leibowitz added: “I’m not sure which is worse, the abusive telemarketing tactics of these companies, or the way they try to deceive people once they get them on the phone. Either way, we intend to shut them down.” Go Chairman Leibowitz! Please rid our phone networks from these junk calls. They are the equivalent of phishing spam in the email world.

However, just because 95% of all email traffic is spam does not mean that email technology is evil. I hope that people are able to see and enjoy the benefits of the relatively higher percentage of benign, community-oriented voice broadcasting (the other preferred term for robocalls).

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Written by johnnahm

June 17, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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