Monthly Archives: May 2012

Name changed to ‘Pppppppppprice’ in a genuine but eccentric bid to stop cold-callers

Pestered Tim Price was pretty peeved by cold calling telephone salesmen taking the P – so he’s added an extra nine Ps to his name in a desperate bid to make them stop, writes Lee Marlow. Tim, 49, has changed his … Continue reading

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Video: Malware threat by antivirus scammer exposed on virtual machine

Noah Magram, principal software engineer at security vendor Sourcefire, was called while at home by a fake antivirus company. He decided to see exactly what they do when a person grants access, only he gave them access to a virtual machine … Continue reading

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Video: hilarious satire of cold-calling Indian pitching a two-bit, tinhorn, half-pie, end-of-the-pier, strictly-for-the-birds script.

Satirical video of typical, trashy telemarketing operation in India. Worth a laugh (3:41 minutes).

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‘Boiler room’ hoax for New Zealand share holders -nz

The pitch Fraudsters posing as reps for a legitimate Japanese company, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Corporation, are cold-calling investors. “The callers are very clever and persuasive,” says Ministry of Consumer Affairs Team Leader Jarrod Rendle. “They make offers that are very hard to … Continue reading

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Firms keep testing the limits of Do-Not-Call list -us

Adapted from Mark Mayes article, columnist / Lansing State Journal Question: When is telemarketing not telemarketing, when it’s advertising? Answer: No, that’s what unscrupulous cold callers want us to believe—but they’re wrong. Rosemary Wade of Grand Ledge had an especially … Continue reading

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Mississippi Public Service Commission (MPSC) fines firms $945,000 for no-call violations

By JEFF AMY for the Associated Press: covers the economy, state government, health care, education and demographics in Mississippi. Not only are those telemarketing robocalls from “card services” annoying, they’re also illegal if you’ve signed up for a federal or … Continue reading

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Interview with the man behind Comantra, the “cold call virus scammers”

If you live in a western country and have a landline telephone with a listed phone number, chances are you’ve been “cold called” by someone on the other side of the world with an introduction that goes something like this: … Continue reading

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Cold calling percentages

Replace the cold call with … ANYTHING! Jeffrey Gitomer: I am sick of the argument that cold calling still has a valuable place in selling. Someone PLEASE show me the value. Let’s look at the facts: • 98 percent or more … Continue reading

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Beware of native language call scams – au

Ask yourself: Is this an in-law or an outlaw calling?  SCAMwatch (Australia) is advising consumers to beware of scammers who phone requesting money, speaking in the consumer’s native language including Serbian, Croatian, Polish and others. These callers will often say … Continue reading

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Prank #36: Is anybody out there?

#36. Is anybody out there? – ΩΩΩ Prop:                    It might help to set your phone volume to low or have an earplug on standby (or simply stick a finger in your receiving ear). TELEMARKETER: “Hello, would you be surprised … Continue reading

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