No matter how attractive the pitch sounds during an unsolicited phone call, including free travel and pleas for charity donations, consider it phony. For example, a site called Veterans of America was recently shut down by the Federal Trade Commission.
FTC’s Operation Donate with Honor seeks to eliminate fake charities that claim donations will help veterans. Others include Saving Our Soldiers, Donate Your Car, Donate That Car LLC, Act of Valor and Medal of Honor.
Consider all robocalls and live phone pitches phony. Don’t converse and hang up immediately. For more info, go to http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/fl-bz-ftc-shuts-down-four-robocall-companies-for-good-20190327-story
Ever-repeated TV ads about phony products and services are annoying enough. However. as hard as they try, the TV lawyers, drug makers and auto dealers are not quite as crooked as robocallers.
The worst are the unwanted, too often daily, rings on your phone. Then, when you answer, there’s a cheerful: How are you today? Or a similar insincere greeting. Your urge is to give the appropriately profane answer. However, according to the Federal Trade Commission, your best response is to hang up immediately.
Basic FTC advice is that if you do choose to talk to the caller, never give out personal information of any kind. When the annoying calls continue, file your specific complaint and subscribe to the FTC website’s Do Not Call List, http://www.ftc.gov.
When calls persist, try to get as much information from the caller as possible, such as email address, phone number, product names and company location. Include them on your complaint report to the FTC. We did it and the calls stopped….for awhile.