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WARNING! Fishy phone scam???!!! KENNELS!!

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I believe 99% that someone just called and stole my number or is routing things to it or using it for collect or whatever calls.

I had a call from "A Z Industrial" 631-967-7006 (this is a number from Suffolk County New York).

The asked "is this Kristie" - like an idiot I said "yes" (something you should NEVER do, btw, if you didn't know...)

He said "I'm calling to ask if you had any questions about the kennel sealer we sent you"

I said "I think you have the wrong kennel"

He hung up...

I thought... That was really odd. So I called him back...

The first thing I asked was "who is this" (because he answered "hello"). He said Fred, which was what he also said the first time.

Then I said "you just called me and I wanted to find out why you were calling"...

Long story short, he was a jerk, said he had a reply card from me (NO WAY unless someone else had sent it in). I asked him what his sealer is made out of, he answered pretty quickly. He was getting irritated when i asked his company name and where it's located...

I called back several times just to see what he would say...

I got the phone number A Z Industrial 631-967-7006

It's located in Suffolk County NEW YORK - which as far as I know is a hub of phone slamming and stealing activity...

I tried to look up the number and company on google... Nothing.

So I called into Bellsouth and put my account on lockdown.

So just a heads up. It may be absolutely NOTHING, but it was really really really fishy, the whole thing.

We'll see what happens...

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I just had a new and updated version of the puppy scam, only via a phone call. Someone called on a rental listing I have and said he'd take it sight unseen (for this rental the owner wants to meet and have final approval of any tenant) so I tried to pin the guy down as to when he could come see it. He didn't seem particularly interested in the details of the rental but he wanted to send a cashier's check for the deposit, first month rent and some overage that I was to wire to him YEAH RIGHT.... :evil:
I recently took a class that included a section on the do not call registry as part of required continuing education for my real estate license. I wish I remembered more about it, but I did remember and have used this little gem on unsolicited callers. If you're caught calling someone who's on the registry the first offense fine is $11,000. If they ask for you by name you can answer, "Are you aware this number is on the do not call registry and that you may be liable for an $11,000 fine for this call?" Gets rid of them in a hurry! Reputable businesses are well familiar with the laws; scam artists are not.
Good question but I don't know where you report them. I just got the course book and looked but since that section of the course was geared toward realtors who cold call, not call recipients, it doesn't go into much detail. The Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission are the agencies tasked with enforcing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (the do not call registry). Under enforcement, it only says
The FTC, the FCC, states and private citizens may enforce the Do Not Call Rules. States and private citizens must provide written notice of their suit to the FTC.
Other interesting info: Calling entities are forbidden from hiding the info. transmitted on caller ID. If you're on the registry, they may only call you if you have sent them a written inquiry (clicking yes on a computer form does not count) and only within 3 months from the date of the request. If you've had a financial transaction with the company in the past 18 mos. they can call you.
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