Putting a Stop to Bothersome and Solicitous Calls or Junk Mail

(Sorry about the mix-up, here’s the link for the
Fight Quest and The Human Weapon story here).

 

 

So I got a weird call from my sister yesterday. Seems somebody called her out of the blue and started badgering her about a neighbor. To be more precise, the neighbor’s delinquent bill payment schedule. Well, rightly so, my sister wanted to know a) why the hell had she been called and b) how the hell did she even get her phone number. They didn’t answer the first question, but they did say they got the number using a “neighbor search.” I told her that’s very possible. I told her yeah, when you do a search on some of those sites they’ll show you the surrounding places of business or people in the area. I said what probably happened is they just picked 10-20 close by neighbors of the TARGET person and started calling them.

Years ago I used to work for a large, famous bank and we had a division of collection agents who had been doing that or skip tracing for years and those people do NOT feel bad about putting a squeeze on a target, they don’t have any shame about it, and they sure as hell don’t mind embarrassing the person in front of friends or family. So these are the tactics with have to live with now. But these links should help you at least get off the grid as much as can be done these days.

https://www.donotcall.gov/

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt063.shtm

http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/cfocus/cfprivacy02/focus.htm