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America On-Line (Collections?)

We've been getting automated phone calls (have I mentioned this before on ?off?) daily from a company claiming to be AOL.  When you pick up the phone, there's a short pause, and then a very LOUD recording says "Please call America On Line at 888.844.5604 this is not a sales call but an important business matter."

Firstly, why do they CALL YOU WITH A RECORDED MESSAGE TO CALL BACK?!  That seems EXTREMELY fishy, like some loophole in the do not call registry?

We just got this phone number about two months ago, and we have gotten non-stop collections calls for the lady who used to have the number.  Explaining calmly and patiently to the concerned parties that Carrie doesn't have this number anymore and hasn't for months does not deter them, they just think we're lying.

Now we get these AOL calls, which may or may not be legit.  And get this:  they call ON THE HOUR, EVERY HOUR from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm.  EVERY DAY.

What.  The.  FUCK?

I'm getting ready to call the police to report telephone harrassment, as this is fucking ridiculous.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
January 26th, 2006 8:38am
Carrie doesn't live here anymore...


You could put it on the answer machine, the song that is.  That is if the name is Carrie in the song, the half brain I have remaining is the bit without the memory.
Permalink Send private email Simon Lucy 
January 26th, 2006 8:41am
Change your number.
Permalink Send private email Aaron F Stanton 
January 26th, 2006 9:00am
Aaron -

That's a lot of heartache and lost time and doesn't even guarantee a good result.  We might get some OTHER deadbeat's number.  :)
Permalink Send private email muppet 
January 26th, 2006 9:02am
Too true.

I wonder...maybe you could set up an Asterisk server to route calls from AOL to a phone maze, and let all other call through normally.
Permalink Send private email Aaron F Stanton 
January 26th, 2006 9:08am
I have seriously considered setting up an Asterisk server more than once before now, but the documentation scares the hell out of me.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
January 26th, 2006 9:10am
Pussy.
Permalink Send private email Aaron F Stanton 
January 26th, 2006 9:11am
:-)

Well it's part documentation, part WAF.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
January 26th, 2006 9:12am
WAF?  'k, acronym-meister, I did CPAP, your turn for me.
Permalink Send private email Aaron F Stanton 
January 26th, 2006 9:13am
Wife Acceptance Factor


I thought every geek knew that one and ESPECIALLY YOU, Stanton.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
January 26th, 2006 9:14am
*snicker*

Damn, how *did* I not know that one?
Permalink Send private email Aaron F Stanton 
January 26th, 2006 9:17am
Have you tried calling the number?
Permalink Zoot 
January 26th, 2006 10:22am
Yes and it rings busy every time.

My fiance called the main AOL number this morning and was assured by a man with a VERY thick Indian accent named "Joe" that her acount (I forgot, she does use AOL email but that's all) is fine and she will get no further calls.


Yes, his accent was named Joe.
Permalink Send private email Jesus on a Pogostick 
January 26th, 2006 10:31am
Indian as in Bangalore or Indian as in Blackjack?
Permalink Send private email Flasher T 
January 26th, 2006 10:50am
As in Bangalore.
Permalink Send private email Jesus on a Pogostick 
January 26th, 2006 10:51am

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