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hamsterjill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-01-11 03:39 PM
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8. Phone Calls for Someone Else
Edited on Wed Jun-01-11 03:41 PM by hamsterjill
I'm one of those people (and there are many of us these days) receiving phone calls on my home land line for an individual that has a similar name to mine, but not someone who I know. I don't know the person, don't know how to contact the person, am not connected to this situation in any way, shape, form or fashion. I'm just getting phone calls.

In the last 30 days, I've received over 20 phone calls asking for this person. Each phone call comes from a different number, and a different company name is given. Each time I explain that I do not know this person, and each time the rude collection agent says that they will update their records accordingly. But I'm betting that they don't give a rat's ass whether someone else calls me the next time or not.

As far as I can tell, there is no way to get this stopped. I was, at one time, demanding that the person on the line give me the company name, address, etc., and I was sending written notification that I was not connected. But most of the time, these jerks hang up when this information is requested. And I've found that sending a letter really accomplishes nothing, because they simply use a different company name on subsequent phone calls.

This is a racket! It's simply some smart-asses using google to try to find relatives, etc. And they are, obviously, NOT even very good at using google. This industry needs to reined in.
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  -Debt Collection Agencies Gone Wild Donnachaidh  Jun-01-11 03:13 PM   #0 
  - k&r  Liberal_in_LA   Jun-01-11 03:15 PM   #1 
  - K&R  RKP5637   Jun-01-11 03:17 PM   #2 
  - For a while I did mediation between debtors and debt collectors.  aikoaiko   Jun-01-11 03:19 PM   #3 
  - The last snipped paragraph is just wrong.  Lance_Boyle   Jun-01-11 03:26 PM   #4 
  - Exactly right... there is no debtors prison.  FBaggins   Jun-01-11 03:28 PM   #7 
  - IF you go to prison for debt...  MedicalAdmin   Jun-01-11 08:46 PM   #15 
  - You DON'T "go to prison for debt"  FBaggins   Jun-01-11 09:52 PM   #17 
     - Failure to pay a debt isn't a crime...... YET  Dont_Bogart_the_Pretzel   Jun-02-11 08:17 AM   #23 
     - Has it been proposed even in the most RW states?  FBaggins   Jun-02-11 08:29 AM   #25 
     - Ok. How about this?  MedicalAdmin   Jun-02-11 10:35 AM   #28 
        - It may "sound" the same to you... but it isn't.  FBaggins   Jun-02-11 11:32 AM   #31 
           - I agree with everything you say...  MedicalAdmin   Jun-02-11 01:38 PM   #33 
  - Depends upon what the definition of "is" is.  bvar22   Jun-02-11 01:23 PM   #32 
  - Sure they can.  strategery blunder   Jun-01-11 04:06 PM   #10 
  - You can't show up for court if you don't know your being sued  Sen. Walter Sobchak   Jun-01-11 08:55 PM   #16 
  - Something tells me we have a debt collector here. Doesn't matter.  closeupready   Jun-01-11 03:27 PM   #5 
  - Not hard to turn a profit when you buy assets for pennies on the dollar.  FBaggins   Jun-01-11 03:27 PM   #6 
  - Phone Calls for Someone Else  hamsterjill   Jun-01-11 03:39 PM   #8 
  - Aha...see, there's the problem...  pipi_k   Jun-01-11 08:09 PM   #13 
  - No, I don't think I should do that.  hamsterjill   Jun-02-11 10:01 AM   #26 
  - This went on for MONTHS  Sen. Walter Sobchak   Jun-01-11 09:56 PM   #18 
  - Oh, that's hilarious!  hamsterjill   Jun-02-11 10:03 AM   #27 
  - I had that happen to me.  leftyladyfrommo   Jun-02-11 10:45 AM   #29 
  - The office can be the worst  Blue_Tires   Jun-02-11 11:22 AM   #30 
  - I once cancelled my car insurance and changed to a different ins company  Speck Tater   Jun-01-11 03:42 PM   #9 
  - Most people who become debt collectors are on the low end of the spectrum.  Dawson Leery   Jun-01-11 04:08 PM   #11 
  - There are ways to fight back...  ProgressiveProfessor   Jun-01-11 08:03 PM   #12 
  - I am a former debt collector.  tabbycat31   Jun-01-11 08:33 PM   #14 
     - Also, you have the right to pay the original creditor, not the agency  REP   Jun-01-11 09:59 PM   #19 
        - Not sure that is correct  ProgressiveProfessor   Jun-01-11 11:43 PM   #20 
        - It was when I worked collections :-)  REP   Jun-01-11 11:46 PM   #21 
           - It depends on whether the collector is providing a "service" to the creditor...  FBaggins   Jun-02-11 08:28 AM   #24 
        - The debt we bought was so old  tabbycat31   Jun-02-11 07:44 AM   #22 
 

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