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Online Directory Compiling Cell Phone Numbers

The next time you order a pizza for delivery, be careful. If you give your cell phone number to the person on the other end of the line, you may actually be giving up any expectation you have that the number will remain private.

InteliusA Bellevue, Wash.-based company, Intelius, has been compiling a hefty database of private cell phone numbers in some innovative ways, including mining some phone lists from companies you might not expect to be in the information-selling business.

This is about more than keeping your cell phone number out of the hands of strangers. Calling plans charge the subscriber for minutes used instead of the second party calling in. That means unwanted calls from, say, a telemarketer are more than just an annoyance -- they also cost you money.

Intelius has been skirting privacy laws based on what many may consider a legal loophole. Telephone companies are prohibited from compiling lists of cell phone numbers, but so far there's nothing (yet) that says a third-party can't do so. Thus, Intelius scours the Internet looking for numbers or buys lists from various companies. To conduct a number search you have to plunk down $14.95.

If you give your cell phone number to the pizza delivery guy, you're essentially opting in to that business's call list. And then that business simply turns around and sells the list to Intelius. (Mind you, we have nothing against pizza delivery in general -- and, in specific, we are grateful for the deliciously cheesy service they provide.)

There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse, and sell a little more cheaply. The person who buys on price alone is this man's lawful prey. --John Ruskin
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Here is a nice one:
Texas Inmates Bilk Residents With Jail Phone Scam A Texas telephone provider is warning its customers to beware of a scam involving inmates at the Harris County Jail that capitalizes on a loophole in the jail's phone system. (1/9/2008)
HOUSTON — A Texas telephone provider is warning its customers to beware of a scam involving inmates at the Harris County Jail that capitalizes on a loophole in the jail's phone system.
Comcast says some inmates at the jail call a random phone number and claim to have dialed the wrong number when the call is received. The inmate then asks the person to forward the call to an accomplice, by dialing *72 before the forwarding phone number. The accomplice at the forwarded number can then make hundreds of dollars in long-distance calls that are billed to the person who was originally called from the jail phone.
Victims typically do not know they are being scammed until they realize their phone has stopped ringing for an extended time, or until they see charges on their phone bills.
It is difficult for law enforcement to identify inmates who make the call because calls often occur in a housing unit with 20 to 30 inmates, according to officials.
Comcast customers received a recorded message warning them of the scam and to not accept collect calls from inmates. Verizon and AT&T have reported similar scams nationwide.
Telephone company representatives advise people to hang up the phone if they are suspicious of a caller, and if a person thinks he or she is a victim of the *72 scam, dial *73 to cancel the forwarded call.
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oh great what next ??

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How about some how To Deal with Telemarketers jokes ?

1. If they want to loan you money, tell them you just filed for bankruptcy and you could sure use some money.

2. If they start out with, "How are you today?" say, "I'm so glad you asked, because no one these days seems to care, and I have all these problems; my arse is acting up, my right arm is sore, my cat just died... but I've got wok"

3. If they say they're Chuck Biff from XYZ Company, ask them to spell their name. Then ask them to spell the company name. Then ask them where it is located, how long it has been in business, how many people work there, how they got into this line of work, are they married?, kids?, etc. Continue asking them personal questions or questions about their company for as long as necessary.

4. Cry out in surprise,"Judy! Is that you? Oh my God! Judy, how have you been?" Hopefully, this will give Judy a few brief moments of terror as she tries to figure out where she could know you from.

5. Say "No", over and over. Be sure to vary the sound of each one, and keep a rhythmic tempo, even as they are trying to speak. This is most fun if you can do it until they hang up.

6. If MCI calls trying to get you to sign up for the Family and Friends Plan, reply, in as SINISTER a voice as you can, "I don't have any friends... would you be my friend?"

7. After the Telemarketer gives their spiel, ask him/her to marry you. When they get all flustered, tell them that you could not just give your credit card number to a complete fucking stranger.

8. Tell the Telemarketer that you work for the same company, they often can't sell to employees.

9. Answer the phone. As soon as you realize it is a Telemarketer, set the receiver down, shout or scream, "Oh No!!!NOOOOO Drew not the big AAAARRRGGGghhhh knife" and then hang up.

10. Tell the Telemarketer you are busy at the moment and ask it to give you his/her HOME phone number so you can call him/her back. When the Telemarketer explains that telemarketers cannot give out their HOME numbers you say "I guess you don't want anyone bothering you at home, right?" The Telemarketer will agree and you say, "Me, either!" Hang up.

11. Ask them to repeat everything they say, several times 'pretend it's JH on the line'.

12. Tell them it is dinner time, BUT ask if they would please hold. Put them on your speaker phone while you continue to eat at your leisure. Smack your food loudly and sup beer and continue with your dinner conversation, add dog barks in if you fancy.

13. Tell the Telemarketer you are on "home incarceration" and ask if they could bring you a pizza and a bag.

14. Ask them to fax the information to you, and make up a number.

15. Insist that the caller is really your buddy Ron, playing a joke. "Come on Ron, cut it out! Seriously, Ron, how's your mom?"

16. Tell them you are hard of hearing and that they need to speak up... louder... louder...louder...'

17. Tell them to talk VERY SLOWLY, because you want to write EVERY WORD down, an Elma Fud voice works well.

Good luck .
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Just wait till the Telmarkter is done with their pitch then Immediately start a sales pitch back to them about something totaly off the wall like recycled toilet paper only used once.....

Or interupt them every 10 words or so and make them repeat it very slowly and after they get the entire pitch out tell em... Thats what I thought you said...... oh well no thanks...

Or like at work I say "Please hold" take a quick look around and make sure no one can hear me... Pick the phone back up and start talking about how my ass hurts so now I'm standing up trying to insert a Prep H and ask is there an easier way to do this?? ( Darn it they always seems to hang up quickly)

A fav one has been start breathing very heavy and say I'm sorry I keep getting interupted here then start saying "Oh Sue don't stop! yes thats good" they hang up on me for some reason...

Yes being in a Engineering department of a very large comany I get tons of crazy Telmarketers call... even one from a Female caller who outdid me word for word on being down right dirty... she was not fazzed by the sue don't stop line.. she came back ten time more nasty than I ever dared to and had one lines that left me just laugthing so damn hard however in the end I did not buy any freaking floor patch or super long life light bulbs...
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