May 25, 2005

Damn That Sheema Hussein

POST #    1723

I don't get many calls on my home number and when I do, I usually screen them. Most of the calls I do get are from one tele-marketer that leaves messages on my answering machine. And they're all for Sheema Hussein. "Hello! This message is for She-eema Hooo-sein. We have an important message for you. Please call..." The automated voice then leaves a phone number and what seems to be a 15 digit reference number. I think last night was the first time I listened all the way through.

As if the constant phone calls weren't bad enough, the message is completely automated. When they do call, I can't pick it up and tell them he doesn't live at the number anymore and to take him off the calling list. How annoying is that? Oh, the innovations in telephone marketing.

I'm curious as to if the do-not call registry affects these types of calls. If a former owner of the number signed up for something using it, can the marketers continue to call? And what if they don't stop? Even if I do report it, can't they just claim ignorance saying that they actually have business with that individual? Sigh. I guess I'll have to continuously delete those messages for Sheema. I wonder if they are important at all.

Posted by tien mao in Rants at 8:01 AM



Sheema Don't Live Here No More (remember that song . . .)

Posted by: Heather at May 25, 2005 12:24 PM

why do you still have a home phone. esp if you don't use it?

i haven't had a home phone since like 2000 or 2001.

Posted by: rachelle at May 25, 2005 5:00 PM

i find it extremely helpful when all cell phones are jammed...say when buildings collapse.

that, and i have directv.

Posted by: tien [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 25, 2005 6:51 PM

Ack! I remember that message. It's from a sleazy collection agency. Google the company name (I forgot what it was) and you'll find all sorts of stories on how they harass people, get info wrong. For example if you were to call them back to tell them they have the wrong number they'll try to get you to pay Sheema's alleged debts. They called me a couple of times a week for a few months before stopping.

Posted by: joe at May 26, 2005 12:51 AM

See what happens when you live in the former love den of Saddam Hussein and forget to change the phone #?!

Posted by: :: jozjozjoz :: at May 27, 2005 2:18 AM

there is a device you can get similar to an answering machine. It detects the 800, 888 numbers of telemarketing companies (they are required to registar as such) and makes a screeching noise for them, but leaves you no message. Sorry no more info on what called -maybe Call Wave?

Posted by: tien paris at June 3, 2005 5:28 PM

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