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Does it really do any good to report unsolicited calls that offer services you did not ask for, and do not want?

Asked by Eureka (1655points) December 19th, 2011

I was in a minor car accident on Saturday (not my fault!). No one was hurt, but in the course of exchanging information, the police asked for my phone number. I gave them my cell phone, as that is the only phone I have.

Since this morning, starting at 8 am, I have gotten no less than 55 calls from ambulance chasing lawyers, injury referral agencies, and chiropractors – some of them located clear across the country from my location. All of these people got my phone number from the public records.

My phone number is on the Do Not Call list, yet that seems to make no difference. Is there anyone I can whine and complain to about this?

Make that 56 calls – just got another one.

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Brian1946's avatar

Because your number is on the DNC list, you should be able to file a complaint with the DNC Registry.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Your phone number became “public record” with the police report.

LuckyGuy's avatar

What police agency collected the information? I would complain to that agency with copies to the every branch of government higher up the chain.
Town Police. I’d send copies to Town Board
Sheriff. Copies to County Executive.
State Police, Copies to Governor.

Make sure to be factual and specific. List the name of the lawyers, chiropractors etc.

Definitely send the information to the DNC list.
Is someone making money selling the information? This will get the ball rolling.

Eureka's avatar

I actually called the general number at our local police station. The nice lady who talked to me was understanding, as the same thing had happened to her. She stated that, no matter if I gave a phone number or not as a matter of public record, the guy who caused the accidents insurance company had to have my number, and that insurance companies – all of them – sell the personal information of everyone they have business dealings with to any and everyone who asks for it.

I am going to start writing complaint letters, as I have the phone numbers of everyone who called, and can find their addresses. I guess it will make me feel better, even if it gets no results.

LuckyGuy's avatar

@Eureka Go Get ‘em. We’re all proud of you!
Publish the name of the the insurance company who did it. We can spread the word for you. Someone in that office deserves to lose their job or at a minimum a few commission dollars.

Eureka's avatar

Safeco. The guy who hit me had safeco insurance. I have spent a lot of time this evening, tracking phone numbers, finding company/medical offices names, going to their websites and sending comments to them.

SmashTheState's avatar

No. The people who make these calls are criminals. Here in Kanada, the government started a do-not-call registry, despite being told by anyone with a triple digit IQ that opt-out does not work. The result is that people on the list get MORE calls, because it’s a convenient list of millions of phone numbers, and the people who make the calls are worthless sociopathic slimeballs, often associated with organized crime, spamming, advertising, and other antisocial activities. They usually spoof their caller IDs, call from outside the country, or both.

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