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FTC cracks down on rogue telemarketers

FTC cracks down on rogue telemarketers

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Some of the worst telemarketers were nailed for violating the Do Not Call list. This week, the Federal Trade Commission announced $7.7 million in settlements with six companies accused of ignoring the law and bugging consumers at home. Craftmatic Industries Inc., maker of adjustable beds will pay $4.4 million in civil penalties. (Now that's something to sleep on!) Alarm monitoring company ADT agreed to pay $2 million. Ameriquest Mortgage Company, Alarm King, Direct Security Services and Guardian Communications were also fined. In September, we warned consumers to renew their spots on the Do Not Call List or risk being dropped off. Since then, the FTC announced that it won’t delete any numbers pending a decision by Congress or the agency whether to make registration permanent. In the meantime, you can still verify whether you're number is registered, just to be safe.

Posted by AGO Blog Moderator at 11/08/2007 11:31:58 AM | 


a. As many others, I get calls on my cell phone which says the number is 303-000-0000, which is a spurious call like those being received by hundreds, perhaps thousands...search the Internet and you will find many "prank call" sites[WEB SITE REMOVED BY AGO BLOG COMMENT POLICY] that tell people how to make free prank calls such as this.
b. My web site email contact address [EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED BY AGO BLOG MODERATOR] has apparently been picked up by someone who is using it to spoof their spam or bad content. I end up getting all the bounced rejected emails.
Posted by: Paul T. Jackson ( Email ) at 9/10/2009 4:12 PM


We receive pretty consistent phone calls from 206-319-3643 at various times throughout the day. When we pick up, it is a fax line only. The number appears to be from Bainbridge Island. We would appreciate a response from the AGO and no more calls from this number.
Posted by: Phil Lammi ( Email ) at 10/27/2009 8:30 AM


Phil, those phone calls certainly sound annoying. I did a Google search for that number and found many other complaints. It’s likely a marketing company grabbed your number from a Web site or elsewhere and is trying to send you junk faxes.

You may wish to file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission, www.fcc.gov/cgb/complaints.html.

You might also want to use a service that forces a human caller to dial a number (such as "press 1 to talk to me") or to enter the number they’re calling from. This will eliminate all your fax calls without impacting your voice calls.
Posted by: KRISTIN ALEXANDER, ALL CONSUMING MODERATOR ( Email ) at 11/6/2009 11:34 AM


This number, 206-319-3643, is a Bainbridge Island, WA number and is making random calls. It hit my wife's cell phone with a message that cannot be deleted without deleting all messages. Please make it know to this company (I can't find out who it is), that this is totally unacceptable and I will never use a business that uses this technique for marketing.
Posted by: John Beiting ( Email ) at 8/17/2011 8:32 AM


I am also receiving faxes from 206.319.3643. It just shows up as Washington on my caller id. It says they are a trucking factoring specialist when the fax comes through. I guess I'll try to just block it from my machine.
Posted by: Dianna C. ( Email ) at 8/29/2011 9:14 AM


I recieved a call on my cell phone from 360-529-6100. I am on the DONOTCALL List. They did not leave a message. When I called back on landline there is a message that says press 1 to be deleted from our preferential offers list. There are no other options given and there is no ID of the company or explanation of the reason for their call.
Posted by: Joann Lijek ( Email ) at 10/26/2011 11:26 AM


How do I stop 206-319-3643 from calling me. All day, they call. I see other complaints on this blog abour this exact same number. [ALL CONSUMING BLOG MODERATOR RESPONSE: file a complaint with the FTC]
Posted by: Christine Olsen ( Email ) at 11/7/2011 6:31 AM


m also receiving faxes from 206.319.3643. It just shows up as Washington on my caller id. It says they are a trucking factoring specialist when the fax comes through. I guess I'll try to just block it from my machine.
Posted by: earl Libby ( Email ) at 12/1/2011 1:18 AM


recieved a call on my cell phone from 360-529-6100. I am on the DONOTCALL List. They did not leave a message. When I called back on landline there is a message that says press 1 to be deleted from our preferential offers list. There are no other options given and there is no ID of the company or explanation of the reason for their call.
Posted by: adamj ( Email ) at 12/7/2011 11:43 PM


2063193643 has to be stopped!
Posted by: Mike ( Email ) at 12/15/2011 6:56 AM


I recieve a "UNKNOWN" on my mobile phone ID, has anyone else get this , The number comes up several times a day, I answer no one is there, I changed my number ,and still get it. how can i get rid of this number.
Posted by: John Schauer ( Email ) at 12/20/2011 12:39 PM


2063193643 just tried faxing to my office phone. Stop the madness!
Posted by: Frank ( Email ) at 1/11/2012 10:49 AM


Have been receiving frequent spam faxes from 206-319-3643 for over a year. There are numerous internet complaints Re: this number. It's amazing that it has remained active for almost three years.
Posted by: paul hawkins, Florida ( Email ) at 1/18/2012 7:31 AM


I received a fax from OrthoMeds. This number is listed on the do not call list. I am not a customer.
Posted by: Sherylb, Hawaii ( Email ) at 2/7/2012 12:06 PM


My number is not a fax machine, yet 206-319-3643 (Bainbridge WA) constantly trys to fax.
We are on the DO NOT CALL, I will report them.
Posted by: Mary ( Email ) at 2/8/2012 6:33 AM


206-319-3643 is calling my cell and trying to fax it. It looks like to Attorney General has many complaints about this company, enough to take action.
Posted by: mike ( Email ) at 2/28/2012 11:18 AM


Received three calls to my mobile phone at 5:30AM this morning, startling me and waking me up - when answered, it is a fax line. Very annoying.
Posted by: Donna Mathwig ( Email ) at 3/5/2012 7:00 AM


(206)-319-3643 try to fax me twice tonight. When I try to call them back, voice mailbox is full. Very annoyning.
Posted by: Tom Weng ( Email ) at 3/19/2012 5:21 PM


I just received another fax from 206-319-3643. I found numerous complaints from the past 3 years involving this number. According to a website, the company sending the faxes is called SOFTWARE TRAINING COMPANY. Why hasn't the AGO done anything about it?
Posted by: Eduardo Marquez ( Email ) at 3/26/2012 9:33 AM


Ok I am in NC and I am constantly getting calls from this number and I have no clue who they are, they aren't the first to try and fax us though most others were lawyers offices that some how had our number on their fax machine but this place I can't find who they are or how to call them to stop the harassing fax machine calls! Please stop this number!
Posted by: Patricia Worrell, North Carolina ( Email ) at 4/9/2012 12:00 PM


The entire concept of how phone numbers are connected is hideously broken. Through my carrier I have no way to block numbers or area codes. I am at the mercy of companies to honor DONOTCALL and clearly some don't.

Consumers need the ability to whitelist our own caller list and block telescammers/politicians en mass.
Posted by: fred wilson ( Email ) at 6/7/2012 1:05 PM


keeps calling me too, and all I get is the fax beep! I am so annoyed- 6 times in two days so far! I run a restaurant and don't have time to answer phone calls that don't benefit my business and just waste time!!! This person needs to be stopped!!! Who takes care of this, because I want them to stop calling immediately!
Posted by: Tana Kosloske ( Email ) at 7/18/2012 12:16 PM


I'm receiving telemarketer phone calls originating from Washington state. I'm on the FTC's "Do Not Call" list and file a complaint everytime I receive a call. After saving each of these numbers to a "Telemarketer" contact on my phone, I've amassed a listing of 25 phone numbers with the majority coming from Washington State. When will someone prosecute these people or take the necessary action to stop this from happening? By no one from the State taking actions on those who violate the Federal "Do Not Call" list, you are condoning their actions. Please help!!!
Posted by: Stephen Morrow ( Email ) at 7/20/2012 11:20 AM


Add me to the 206 319 3643 list. I'll be filing a complaint with the FTC, but the lack of response based on the others makes me wonder if it is even worth it.
Posted by: Tom Tester ( Email ) at 8/8/2012 5:48 AM


I too have been receiving these calls at my business number, which is not a fax line. When answering, it just beeps as if it's trying to send a fax. The number is from Bainbridge WA. Annoying...
Posted by: Val Miller ( Email ) at 8/15/2012 11:52 AM


Got a call from them today!
All the way in kansas.
Posted by: lukas ( Email ) at 9/18/2012 12:01 PM


I have rec'd calls from "Card Services" for several yrs. I have asked to be put on thier no call list, pushed the button to be removed all to no avail. My phone has been on the no call list since it's begining. I have also filled out the complaint forms with the no call list.
NOTHING CHANGES, except the phone numbers they use.
Why can't anyone stop this company?
Posted by: linnea ekman ( Email ) at 12/13/2012 9:41 AM


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