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post #1 of 10
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Finally a step in the right direction! This didn't just involve the company owners, but also it's employees!

http://www.canada.com/topics/news/na...e2e147b&k=1521

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MONTREAL - A total of more than 160 police officers from various forces executed search warrants on five Montreal-area locations Tuesday in connection with an alleged international telemarketing fraud ring that targeted small businesses.

More than 100 arrests were expected at what RCMP Cpl. Elaine Lavergne described as the suspected headquarters of the ring downtown Montreal.

Complaints were received from Canada, the U.S., Belgium, France, Switzerland and other European locations, said Diane L'Ecuyer, assistant deputy commissioner of the Competition Bureau.

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/0..._telemarketing

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MONTREAL - Police swept down on a Montreal office building Tuesday and arrested dozens of people in connection with an international telemarketing scheme that targeted small business.

A steady stream of suspects was paraded out of the building over several hours into three waiting yellow school buses parked outside. Many of those arrested hid their faces with coats and plastic bags that contained their wallets and personal papers.

The police operation, which involved the federal Competition Bureau and was spearheaded by the RCMP, ended with the arrest of 130 people in five locations.
post #2 of 10
I still don't understand why telemarketing is still legal.

They had a good line though: "Due to a new law in Canada". Otherwise I was going to say those businesses deserved to get robbed if they were paying 10-12 times the normal amount.
post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by lunasmom View Post
I still don't understand why telemarketing is still legal.

They had a good line though: "Due to a new law in Canada". Otherwise I was going to say those businesses deserved to get robbed if they were paying 10-12 times the normal amount.
But the scammers don't tell you how much you're going to be charged. One of the office supplies scams (I don't know if this bust was for one of these or not) they just ask you what model number your copier/fax/printer(s) are and then they send you the toners at inflated prices. They say that they are with your "supplier" and if you ask what company they are with, or if they are with X (your actual supplier) they slam the phone down in your ear. Yeah, been there, done that. Now when I get those phone calls and they say they "need to verify" the model number, I tell them "No, you don't!" and hang up on them.
post #4 of 10
Telemarketing (and now also email, fax and mobile phone spam marketing) does my head in. I quite like to just say `Oh yes, I'll get you the business owner' and then leave them on hold for 35 minutes before cutting off the phone. Petty, but satisfying.
post #5 of 10
the way i see it, if you cold call me, then i have the right to abuse you.
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by valanhb View Post
But the scammers don't tell you how much you're going to be charged. One of the office supplies scams (I don't know if this bust was for one of these or not) they just ask you what model number your copier/fax/printer(s) are and then they send you the toners at inflated prices. They say that they are with your "supplier" and if you ask what company they are with, or if they are with X (your actual supplier) they slam the phone down in your ear. Yeah, been there, done that. Now when I get those phone calls and they say they "need to verify" the model number, I tell them "No, you don't!" and hang up on them.
Oh yea I keep forgetting about that one. I haven't had one in 5 years, but I pretended I didn't understand what they wanted. "Whats a model number?...I don't understand what you're asking of me...Who are you again?"
post #7 of 10
Here's a funny prank that a man named Tom Mabe played on a telemarketer. TAKE THAT, "courtesy callers"!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=un_PjRXV5l8
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by greenvillegal View Post
Here's a funny prank that a man named Tom Mabe played on a telemarketer. TAKE THAT, "courtesy callers"!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=un_PjRXV5l8
OMG! I laughed so hard that I actually snorted!!!!!!!
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by theimp98 View Post
the way i see it, if you cold call me, then i have the right to abuse you.
Exactly. You call Me, so i can say what i like and then hang up before you have a chance to reply
post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by greenvillegal View Post
Here's a funny prank that a man named Tom Mabe played on a telemarketer. TAKE THAT, "courtesy callers"!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=un_PjRXV5l8
that sounded just a little to smooth to be real,
but it was funny!!
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