“Potential Spam” is the innocuous term that Verizon classifies as one of several phone calls I get each day on my cell phone.
I immediately delete them but have had an accident or two when I’d click the wrong button and end up dialing that number. I quickly stop any further progress at that number and click on delete. I got a feeling, however, that some “son-of-a-b” got a recording of my mistake and will log it into their account, but I really don’t know.
There are some numbers that may just be telemarketers trying to sell me Medicare, life insurance, or that perpetual car or house “warranty” that may have just expired! I ditch them as soon as possible. (“Telemarketer.” When did that term actually come into being? It’s gotta be recent history, don’t you think?)
According to Wikipedia, “telemarketing has been negatively associated with various scams and frauds, such as pyramid schemes, and with deceptively overpriced products and services. Fraudulent telemarketing companies are frequently referred to as “telemarketing boiler rooms” or simply “boiler rooms“.
“Telemarketing is often criticized as an unethical business practice due to the perception of high-pressure sales techniques during unsolicited calls. Telemarketers marketing telephone companies may participate in telephone slamming, the practice of switching a customer’s telephone service without their knowledge or authorization.
The trouble is, I won’t know if any of the phone calls I get are from telemarketers or are actually legitimate ones. I won’t know unless the caller follows through after their call is not picked up and decides to leave me a message. I got plenty of space on my message receiver. And, I try to get back to that person within minutes of noticing that call.
I am on a “no-call list. Several lists actually. One just for my state of Pennsylvania and another one just for cell phones. The photo I have on this post is taken from my cell phone for the series of calls I got the other day. I did not want to delete them until after writing this story. I never heard of some of the towns where a few of these calls originated. That includes such Pennsylvania places as Dublin, Brogue, and Riegelsville. Pittsburgh and Flourtown are familiar to me, but I won’t touch ’em with a fine-tooth comb.
So, if you are planning to contact me, I suggest you send a message to my e-mail address at Contoveros@gmail.com. Otherwise, you will have to speak up loud and clear when you get the prompt to leave a message when I don’t pick up your unrecognized phone number.
Call again when you get the chance. I will look forward to your enlightening message and prompt discussion!