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Telephone Slamming Scam

submitted on November 24, 2010 by midget in "Member's Lounge"
Just making everyone aware of this scam or to those that know, a reminder.

I just got called by (719) 471-2265. It appeared on my caller ID as ColoradoSPG, Co. Apparently this is a company called Central Telecom Long Distance Inc. and they change your long distance service often without your permission.

When I answered the phone they said something about long distance and asked if I was the owner of the phone. I just said "whatever" and hung up on them.

I typed the phone number into google and found out they are a telemarketing company that routinely slams peoples phones.

If you happen to get a call from this number or any other number that mentions long distance it is best that you just hang up. do not answer Yes to any of their questions irregardless of what the question is. Call your phone company and inform them of the call and they will usually notate on your acct the call to block any future changes to your service others may attempt to make.

Phone slamming is illegal and if you are slammed you have rights.

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    Posted by Natalie on February 9, 2013 [reply] 0 0
    I got a call from this company the other night' very rude, then hung up on me. I reported it to the BBB in Colorado. Someone from BBB actually called me 2 days later. Report will be kept on file for 2 years. More people should do the same. Maybe then something will be done about these companies!
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    Posted by scammed on April 12, 2013
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    Company calls and asks whomever answers if they are authorized to change long-distance carrier and their birthdate. then provides complex and misleading infor about their service and hard-sells the switch from your phone company to theirs. your phone company will NOT verfiy. they then send you to "third-party verification" to ask again if you are authorized to make changes. they do NOT actually verify that. then they switch you and charge you monthly without chance of refund for a service your original phone company provides more cheaply. just letting you know this so you don't fall scam to this decitful marketing approach. hope this helps.
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      Posted by clover on April 13, 2013
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      My favorite thing to do when I get these calls is to pretend I don't understand what they are saying. Que is my favorite response. I have even pretended to cry and ask for my Mom. They hang up Cool
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    • Guest
      Posted by Guest on April 15, 2014 [reply] 0 0
      I don't like telemarketers but this is actually a good deal. I was paying 14.95 for my L.D. with AT&T but only made a few calls. My plan is 2.95 per month and includes 30 calls. What I found on my AT&T bill upset me though. It called in-side wire maintenance for 9.95...that is a rip off. I also switched to T mobile for cell.
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    Posted by pablos17 on April 12, 2013 [reply] 0 0
    Just one of the reasons why I dropped the regular landline and bought an Ooma VOIP box. The call quality and features are magnificent and I only pay $3.73 per month.
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    Posted by Version on April 12, 2013 [reply] 0 0
    I am using the Magicjack and it works great, only $20 a year.
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    Posted by willo32 on February 8, 2014 [reply] 0 0
    well i need some help here .this central telecom long distance inc. has changed my long distance service and i just don't know what to do …. help please?
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    Joyce Rule
    Posted by Joyce Rule on February 27, 2014
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    central Telecom told me NOTHING would change except that I would pay $10/month less. They billed over $40 the first month; I called AT&T to get back my old program, but CT kept billing for 7 more months! ($149 in all). Finally got out from under the billing, but what a mess. WATCH OUT FOR THESE SCAM ARTISTS...
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    Posted by Leisure on March 26, 2014 [reply] 0 0
    Central Telecom Inc. is not to be trusted. They will distort the truth and make is seem as though they are affiliated with your current telephone company. They will offer you long distance at a low cost (so they say) and they will send your call to a third party verification operator to ensure your complicity in adding a new long distance service to your current phone bill. Say, "NO" to the operator if you have been transferred by the telemarketer. Or just hang up . . .continued.
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    Posted by Leisure on March 26, 2014 [reply] 0 0
    (continuation) In fact, hang up once you hear their name. The third party verification will be recorded as proof that you agreed to the service (FCC RULES) . If you have agreed to the service and are reading this message board in a panic, just calm down and dial Central Telecom's toll free number 1-888-988-9818.
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    Posted by Leisure on March 26, 2014
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    (final message) Cancel the long distance service you agreed to. Get the name of the operator you spoke to, his/her ID number, and a cancellation number. You can also ask to listen to the phone call you had with the third party verification operator. I hope this helps.
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    Posted by clover on March 27, 2014
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    Thank you Leisure. My parents are 83 and get phone calls like this all the time. It's sad especially when the telemarketers try to take advantage of the elderly!
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    judy mettler
    Posted by judy mettler on September 9, 2014 [reply] 0 0
    Central telecom offers a great deal. 2.95 a month for long distance,30 min. Free every month and 5 cents a min after the 30 min. This isn't for everyone but it is for a lot of you. There are always the few rude operators but not all of them. It's all about saving money.

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