TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Technion


Choreboy (
Thu, 10 Mar 2005 19:18:35 -0500

This afternoon I rushed into the room to answer a call on the third
ring. "This is Tell Nants calling on behalf of Bell South in regards
to telemarketing. Sorry we missed you. If you have any questions,
call 1-866..."

It's pretty bad when somebody programs a robot to call homes and hang
up without saying what it's about.

The call came from 954 443 9404, which is Technion Communications. On
the web I've found complaints that their telemarketing robots will
bombard a Bell South customer day after day. Apparently the law
doesn't apply if the victim has a business relationship with the
client, in this case Bell South.

Two hours later I found a similar message on my answering machine,
again telling me to call Bell South at the 866 number. Because the
robot was programmed start speaking immediately, I didn't get the
whole message. That could lure the victim into calling in case it was
important. (On the web I've found a document where Technion argues to
the FCC that the law doesn't apply if they can lure the victim into
making the call.)

It seems like harassment to me. Can I do anything to stop it?


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