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I keep getting calls on my cell phone with an automated message saying that my car warranty is about to expire. It's not every day, but I've probably had at least 4 of these so far. I know it's not for real, because I didn't have this phone number when I bought my car. Plus, my mom has been getting the same sorts of calls on her cell phone, and she has only given that number to family members. Each one says that it is a "final courtesy call". Wish it was.

In other news, my company now has a Facebook page. Because of this, the main page of our internal website today has an article urging people to start Facebook accounts in order to become "fans" of the company. I'm really amused that my work is encouraging me to log in to Facebook at the office.

Finally, my dream last night featured 3arabi and some singing camels. That was odd.
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From:vees
Date:February 29th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
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I get two or three of these a week, interspersed between satellite TV installers begging for my business.

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From:cacie
Date:February 29th, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
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I actually called the number back one time and got a guy on the phone, and he was trying to get all my information - I told him "I paid a LOT of money for my car warranty, and you are not affiliated with my dealership or auto manufacturer, so that indicates that the message I received was fraudulent. If I'm contacted about this again, I'm going to file for a fraud investigation against this company." They didn't call again after that.

They've also called the number at College Perk at least once while I've been working.
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From:khakipants
Date:February 29th, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC)
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If it gets more frequent, I may have to take the calling-back route.

Oh no! The Perk's car warranty is expired! What'll it do?
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From:rosewater
Date:February 29th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
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Dan has been getting these several times a DAY sometimes. It's an utter scam and threatening to file for fraud is perfectly reasonable -- not to mention that it's illegal for them to cold-call you on a cell phone, so you could try just saying "this is a cell phone."
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From:khakipants
Date:February 29th, 2008 06:02 pm (UTC)
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Saying "this is a cell phone" would involve actually listening to the whole message and then calling back. So far it's only happening occasionally, so I'm not going that far quite yet. But yeah, I knew it was phony.
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From:rosewater
Date:February 29th, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I know you knew it was phony! I was just confirming that it's SO phony that if you actually talk to someone, you can threaten action. (And that might be the only way to get them to stop.)
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From:khakipants
Date:February 29th, 2008 06:11 pm (UTC)
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If it starts happening more often, I may have to do something like that. We'll see at what point the annoyance level of the calls beats out the annoyance level of having to go through that process.
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From:lunarcamel
Date:February 29th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
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It's a total scam - I got one of those calls, and I have neither warranty nor car.
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From:khakipants
Date:February 29th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
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Ha ha! But what'll you do when your non-existent car breaks down?
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