How do the telemarketers knows my number?

Singapore
April 11, 2008 1:58am CST
Recently, I received a call from a survey company asking me to participate in a survey , at first, I was reluctant to participate because I was busy with my own things and before I hang up, I asked the caller who is a China female how did you get hold of my number? She reply her boss gave her the contact leads for calling. Well, this is an excuse obviously. However, I am still curious, is it due to telecoms companies reveal our private particulars to third parties? or it may not be, this is still a mystery. Does anybody does telemarketing before, may you reveal a bit of information on the question asked?
3 responses
@plumwish07 (4059)
• Indonesia
12 Apr 08
my dear friend, do you mean that you received the call from your mobile or from your landed phone? what i know if you received call from landed phone, perhaps she just choose your name randomly from the book phone that the phone provider printed in for general purpose. and if you received the call from your mobile, perhaps she has data which printed from company who handling about the data base of people. anyway, i am getting currious too that how could you know the caller was from china female? how could you know that she is chinnese? knowing that the caller is female can be gotten from the voice but about the person type?
• Singapore
15 Apr 08
Dear friend, I received calls from both sides and I have spoken to many China friends regardless of gender therefore, I am able to know the type of caller according to their accent. In addition, there are lots of China citizens, each with their own accents and the tone of their voice so therefore it is easy to differentiate between the same gender. However, I do not know the location of the caller.
• Indonesia
15 Apr 08
ah okay, so you noticed from their accent. well, i have no idea then but something sure from my own knowing, there is any kind sevice which sold out phone numbers of people. if you have credit card, you should careful cause your credit card sometimes share your phone number to third party
• Singapore
5 Aug 08
This really puzzles me, a good question that sets my mind by putting a thinking hat on my head.
• Indonesia
12 Apr 08
I would like to know too. because I often have some calls from certain companies offering me various things and I just don't have idea how they got my mobile phone number. it seems like either the bank employees have betrayed the customers' trust on them or something else. I don't know if my close friends would ever reveal my private numbers. the top suspect for me right now is my bank's employees, because I know some marketers do get their friends (that are working on banks) collect the customers' telephone numbers.
• Singapore
15 Apr 08
It is very frustrating to receive these calls and friends revealing your number to third-parties. I simply hate these kind of people who betray the privacy of information.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
4 Aug 08
I am not not really sure how they get our phone number. I do think that our telephone provider gives that information out. I also think that other companies give our information otu to others also when we sign up for things. They sell our telephone numbers also to other people so the telemarketers can call us.