Written by Robert Voss
If you live in the Central Florida area, you may have been getting a telemarketing calls every 10-12 days repeatedly from telemarketer Elizabeth with Resort Rewards Center. This telemarketer company calls with spoofing random phone numbers from 407-227-XXXX. No wants to get telemarketing calls on their cell phone at all hours of the day. If your phone number is on the National Do Not Call List one would think they would be safe. That is not the case.
Here is some background of Telemarketer Elizabeth who is trying to entice consumers to buy her time-share packages. Her pitch line is very simple towards most consumers. This type scheme towards any consumer is a hook, line, and sinker. Telemarketer Elizabeth says, “Hi, my name is Elizabeth and I’m with Resort Rewards Center. You have just a won a free stay in lovely Orlando, Florida. Do you have a few moments to answer a few questions? Are you 18 years of age? Do you have a major credit card? Do you make over $40,000 a year. Do I have your consent to pass to another salesperson?” If she can’t hear you she repeats the question until she gets the answer she wants. I asked her kindly to please remove my phone number off the list. After that she says have a wonderful day and hang up the phone to end the call.
After getting a lot of telemarketing calls, I decided to conduct my own investigation into these on-going telemarketing calls. This investigation focused on who Telemarketer Elizabeth is and what company she works for. Some telemarketing companies go by other names when pitching their time-share vacation packages to consumers. I went on the Internet to conduct a wide search. I have found this possible telemarketing company running under a different name. At this time, I will not disclose this business name due to the on going investigation and legal reasons too.
When a telemarketer keeps calling you repeatedly and you kindly ask them to please remove your telephone number from their list. They still keep calling you. This is a form of harassment and they are breaking the law. In some cases, a consumer can take a telemarketing company to small claims court and the judge to order that telemarketing company pay for damages for every call they have made towards that consumer. For the consumer it is advised to collect as much information on the telemarketer as possible. This will help you get a judgment in your favor and collection some money.
Here are some helpful tips to stop the telemarketing calls. First, keep a record of all the times, date, their phone number, and the conversations from these telemarketers. When it gets to the point of the same telemarketing calling, start doing your own investigation and see where it leads too. Then file a complaint online with the Federal Trade Commission on the telemarketing company giving you an issue. Finally, if you can get the mailing address of the telemarketing company then you can send them a cease and desist letter to directing them to take your name and phone number off their phone list. If all else fails, I recommend consulting an attorney for possible legal action against a telemarketing company for repeated phone calls to stop. When meeting with an attorney always ask the law firm what their fees are before sitting down with them to discuss your possible case.
All citizens of the United States should start to stand up against bad telemarketing practices. Maybe then the telemarketing industry will get it and with more laws should be passed against bad telemarketing practices. Also, write your state legislators to help change the laws on bad telemarketing phone practices. As a consumer, I recommend double-checking to see if your phone number is on National Do Not Call List. Stand up for your rights and stop being bothered with telemarketers.
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