On March 23, 2017 the FCC announced a plan against "robo" calls. Unfortunately
the act is not consumer friendly.
Do you show your mobile phone number in your:
- e-Mail Signature Line
- Business Cards
- Pizza or other Take Out Orders
- Required Field for Phone Number
Did you know there are third party data providers who will sell your phone and
other information to anyone with money?
Did you know common sources for your data come from you from sources like:
- warranty registration cards
- on-line purchases
- Searching for numbers on-line
- calling 800, 888, or 900 numbers as they capture your telephone number
This is often cross matched with street address directories, your name, address
and are often added to marketer's database.
And they also can sell your information for their profit.
- Applications for credit
How do people make up for 0% offers, immediate spending power, discounts?
- Your information is used to make up for the potential losses
- Nearly any personal information they capture can be resold multiple times
including your spending history
- If you provide a name, your name may be worth more than your donation
- Charities often use third-party telemarketers to collect funds, then they keep
a percentage of what they collect. But the telemarketers keep your personal
information to sell and resell to other telemarketing companies creating a
value far larger than your original contribution.
- Inadvertent Disclosure
- Did you sign up for a contest or drawing and provide your telephone number?
- Their promotion may be more gaining your number for sales pitches.
- Look at what you give away with each check:
- Your name, address, telephone number easy to scan, store, and sell quickly
- Automatic Dialing Devices
- These can determine all possible phone number combinations, even unlisted
numbers, then dial them much more rapidly than any person can.
- Requests for Information
- Whether you call in or e-mail or ask for information in other means on a product
or service, you have opened the door for them to call you to sell you something.
- Smartphone Payments
- You pay the bills but you cannot control unwanted calls
- Take advantage of services to report unwanted calls and texts, such as
the FTC and FCC.
The Federal Government is not necessarily going to do anything except note it.
- For cell or mobile phones calls, limit where you provide your number to and
always read the "fine print" on disclosures so you know where your personal
information is going. If the fine print abuses your number, consider
not signing the agreement and making a complaint to the management.
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