Another "not so funny" consumer story.

United States
April 24, 2009 11:50am CST
I continue to receive calls and letters stating that my auto warranty is running out. Pretty funny considering I not only don't own a car, but don't have a drivers license. So yesterday, I get another one of these warnings in my mail and I proceed to call the 800 number to ask to be taken off the mailing list. I explain to the gentleman my predicament and that I want to be taken off their lists and what does he say to me, "Madam, just throw the mail away." To which I reply "I don't just want to throw it away, I don't want to receive these pieces of mail in the first place." We have words and I ask to speak to a supervisor. Guess what happens next. The phone goes dead. Grrrrr..........By this time, I'm really ticked. I call back and get the same guy who once again tells me to "just throw it away". I ask him how they got my name in the first place and he suggests to me that I should call my local DMV because this is where it was initiated. "How can that be?" I ask. I don't have an Arizona ID, Drivers License or a car registered in this state. So he tells me that perhaps someone else does. By this point I am boiling mad. All I want is for my name to be taken off their mailing list. These companies are like roaches. You get them in your life and no matter what you do you can't get rid of them. Have you had any similar experiences?
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@sid556 (30960)
• United States
29 Apr 09
They are impossible to get rid of. If you do manage to get of their list...they put you on a list that they sell to someone else who will call and bug you. I get those warrenty calls as well as mortage calls when I live in a low income apt.....no mortgage. If you try to talk to these people you are met with rudeness or they just hang up. I think they should be prohibited. They are bothersome and I don't know of one person who welcomes these foolish calls. Tonite I got one on my track phone and I can't tell you how angry I am at that. I use it only for emergencies and the only people that have the # are my daughters. The minutes are expensive and I don't like the thought of them being wasted up by these fools. What a way to make a living...huh? sitting on the phone doing nothing but bothering people....a job i'd have loved when I was 10 and into making crank calls.
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@GardenGerty (157396)
• United States
3 May 09
I do not answer numbers that I do not know, just for that reason.
• United States
29 Apr 09
I couldn't agree with you more. I used to get calls like that on my old cell phone and it was prepaid, so therefore their calls ate up my minutes. That really ticked me off.
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@zweeb82 (5653)
• Malaysia
25 Apr 09
Haha!~Plenty of them!~ Especially from banks promoting their products & insurance & the list goes on - I'm referring more to calls. A blunt person I am, I just tell them please don't waste your time. If they continue on I'll just put my phone aside or I'll just hang up. As for the mails, if it's electronic, just spam it; if it's physical mail - good for us!~ As we will just recycle it & make money out of it, haha!~
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• United States
25 Apr 09
Normally I ignore them, but I guess they just caught me in a mood. LOL.
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@zweeb82 (5653)
• Malaysia
25 Apr 09
Haha!~Yeah, I understand!~ Just don't let them bother you!~ Have a happy & blessed day!~ Enjoy yourself!~
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@GardenGerty (157396)
• United States
29 Apr 09
My adult disabled and mentally handicapped clients get messages like this on their cell phones. It is annoying to say the least. They feel like they have done something wrong.
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• United States
29 Apr 09
Now that should be absolutely outlawed.
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@moondancer (7433)
• United States
26 Apr 09
Yes, I have the same problem with the same type of company as you do. I also keep getting calls for someone that does not live here from a bill collector. I've had my phone number for 12 years. It has been the same for this long never any changes. I have even waited a few times for the machine to tell me which number to push if that person is not at this phone number. They want me to hold on and speak to someone for additional information. This is frustrating as they call here several times a week. I can't get them to stop. Even though I have spoken to the person and told them they have the wrong number. She badged me with questions, who am I? Do I know this person? Why do they have my number? And so on...I hate it!
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• United States
29 Apr 09
Isn't it funny how they act as if you are the idiot? Grrrrr.....
@mummymo (23706)
28 Apr 09
They buy your details from companies that have them legitimately - really irritating isn't it? Here we have the TPS where we can choose not to have calls from companies, if they call and you tell them you are on the tps list they should apologise and take you off their call lists right away - I am pretty sure there is something similar for mailing lists too but I don't get a lot of that type of mail. I once had a guy from a call centre abroad call me , I tried several times to tell him I wasn't interested , he tried and tried to get me to change mobile phone providers and when I told him that we were happy with our mobile phone provider and had no intention of changing he actually cursed and shouted at me for wasting his time! Hugs xxx
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• United States
29 Apr 09
Why am I not surprised? They actually act as if you are doing them a disservice by not wanting their services. Please spare me. LOL!
@411space (55)
• United States
25 Apr 09
Oh yes,they buy mailing lists. They have about 6 different numberss they call from..So I took one of the kids whistles and when i answered the phone to them blew that whisle!!!!works great, 3 times and i was off their call list!
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• United States
29 Apr 09
Oh you are so funny. That is priceless.
@Thoroughrob (11742)
• United States
24 Apr 09
I am getting the calls at least once a day. It is a pain. Our cars are a 1996 and 1990. There is no way that our warranty is about to expire. Good luck at getting rid of them.
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• United States
25 Apr 09
Perhaps I'll come back and give you an update in a couple of weeks. Keep your fingers crossed.
@winterose (39887)
• Canada
25 Apr 09
yes I know exactly what you mean, make a former complaint to the telemarketing association on the avenue of the americas in new york, that might help.
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• United States
25 Apr 09
Well if its not this set of jerks, it will be another set. LOL.
@aseretdd (13730)
• Philippines
25 Apr 09
I keep getting text messages asking if i am interested to make a loan... i already texted them that i am not interested... but the text just keep on coming... i am planning to go to the bank that they say they represent to ask why they gave my cell phone number to such people... and if they are not aware of this... i hope they can make a move so that these people will stop sending those text messages...
• United States
25 Apr 09
Whatever you do, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER apply for one or if you think you are getting a lot of messages now, you'll be really ticked off with the number you will start receiving.
@kprofgames (3091)
• United States
25 Apr 09
My mom had an instance with a company like that. They kept leaving messages on her answering machine. Being a nice person, she called them back and said she didn't have a warranty on her car. They basically treated her like she was stupid and said "you have to get your warranty renewed". Again, she said I don't have a warranty and this guy flipped out on her. She hung up and then called back. Got the same guy. She hung up again. She called back 2 more times until she got a different person and then told this person what kind of jerk this person was. They promised to take her off their calling list - and they did, but man!
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• United States
25 Apr 09
Sounds like your Mom and I had the same jerk. It sure wouldn't surprise me. LOL.