A person claiming to be a representative of this company called my house many times over several days. On my caller ID it shows up as TollFree Service, therefore I knew it was a telemarketing company. For many calls I did not answer the phone.
On Wednesday, April 13, 2005, I was on my way out the door and the phone kept ringing with this TollFree Service on the caller ID. I told my 13 year old daughter to answer the phone and tell them not to call here anymore. She answered and did as I instructed her to. Then before I could get out the door the phone rang again, same number on the caller ID, as the call that had just previously came in. This time we did not answer the call, we let the answering machine get it.
It was a man with a heavy accent. He was calling my name and asking me to pickup the phone over and over. I instructed my daughter not to answer the phone for these people again, just let the machine get it, and I left. When I arrived home late that evening, I checked the caller ID, as I usually do, to see who had called while I was out. This number had made 14 calls, virtually one right after the other.
On the following night we recieved a couple of calls on the caller ID from this same number, so we did not answer it. Well, on Friday night, I was sitting at my computer furiously working on Tax returns, I had 6 returns to finish before the midnight deadline! When the phone started ringing, it was the same TollFree Service at the same number. My machine was turned off, so it rang several times and then stopped. Then a minute later it started ringing again, same number on the caller ID. I decided I was not going to tolerate it this evening, I had too much to do.
I answered the phone and the guy on the other end proceded into his marketing spill. I cut him short and advised him that I was not interested and that I did not want them to call me any more. At this point, he proceeded to tell me that I had already agreed to what ever it is that they are selling (I still do not know what it is that they are offering). I advised him that I had not agreed to anything. At this point he proceeds to inform me that I had given him my checking information the night before. I told him I had mot.
He then proceeds to tell me my bank routing number, my account number and a check number that is about 30 higher than the last check I wrote. I was totally shocked, my mind went into overdrive. I demanded to know where they had gotten my information. He then informed me that I had givin it to him the night before. This was crazy seeing as I had never spoken to this company before, and I informed him of this. He then tells me I have a daughter, and that she told him she was me and she had given him my information.
Again, I knew this was inpossible, as #1. My daughter had not spoken with them the night before, it had been two nights, and my daughter does not have access to my checking information! At this point I was furious, I have no idea where these people got my information. I started demanding that he give me name, address and a phone number where I could reach this company.
He states his name is: Chris Bell (not at all a name I expected to hear from such a thick foreign accent), Adress: 1332 E. Lincoln Ave., Orange, California 92865 and PO Box 361, Orange, California 92865. Phone number: 1-800-357-9145. I also wrote down the number that was showing on my caller ID, 1-866-656-9892. I then demanded that he destroy my account information, and never call me again. Then I slammed the phone down. I then proceeded to call the number that he had given me. A woman, also with a thick accent, answered the phone stating that I had reached customer service.
I proceeded to inform her of the conversation that I had just had with "Chris Bell" nad that I wanted any information they had of mine removed from their records. I imformed her that I had not provided them with any information, therefore the information they had has been obtained illegealy and the next person they would be hearing from would be my lawyer. The phone went very quiet, I thought she had hung up, but when I said Hello into the phone again, she said yes. She informed me that they did not have any information from my account (I had not given her my name or anything, so how does she know this?) At this point she acted as if she had suddenly went brain dead and said very little else other than bye.
SO, it is now Monday morning, I am having to take off work to go to the bank and try to see that nothing is allowed go through my account from this company.