Complaint Review: Longwood Industries - Bedford Virginia
- Longwood Industries
P.O. Box 1025
- Phone: 800-4301965
- Category: Advertising / Deceptive
Longwood Industries - The Big Lot Ripoff FRAUD Improperly using a tax sheltered charity to abuse customers and circumvent the intent of the law Bedford Virginia
*Author of original report: Threatened by Ms. Fisher
*Author of original report: Canned Response by Renee Fisher...address my questions please!
*UPDATE Employee: You Are Misinformed
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I have deduced the following facts from several phone calls placed to me from Longwood Industies:
1) Longwood Industries makes use of automated telecom equipment to place calls to millions of consumers. It gathers its phone data from numerous online classified sources nationwide. It then uses its equipment to call and if a voice mail or answering machine picks up, to leave a message to call back 800-430-1965. If a human answers the phone, the system hangs for a few seconds then terminates the call. The caller ID for these placed calls is (540)527-9990.
2) The number (540)527-9990 is not traceable and rings to a line that has been disconnected. If you reverse trace it using internet directories you find that it is a land line based in Roanoke Virginia and its service provider is Telcove (L3 communications). If you call Telcove and say that you have been receiving unsolicited phone calls that hang up on you, they will not give you any information other than to say that the same thing is happening to MILLIONS of people and to call 1-800-430-1965 and choose option #4.
3) The number 1-800-430-1965 goes to www.thebiglot.com. The CSRs will not give any information about the abusive telecom system that they operate, they will only offer to take your number off the list. If you mention the Do Not Call Registry, the tell you that they are a charity and don't abide by it.
The Big Lot is owned by Longwood Industries and is abusing it's tax sheltered status by using aggressive and consumer unfriendly tactics to get people to pay $89.95 for a car ad. Tell me again what this charity does? Oh yeah, it takes disadvantaged people and lets them work for the telemarketing/car ad place. Nice racket guys!
I knowlets open a charity to provide our lucrative telemarketing scheme a source of cheap labor! I don't know how long you have operated under the radar, but that is going to change!
This is how the automatic calling system works: After the lead is fed into the system, it starts a pattern of scheduled calling during normal working hours. Since I work from home, I answer my phone during the day and the system hangs then disconnects. The one day I was out on a job, it gets the machine and leaves a message to call Jeff back. The end result is that if you are home during the day, you are stuck in an endless cycle of being hung up on!
I want to hear from Mr. Renee Fisher how much he makes from all companies under the purview of Longwood Industries and compare that to reasonable compensation for a non-profit. Post your tax returns for usor else get ready for an audit!
Saratoga Springs, New York
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