...if not for your sake, for the sake of whoever gets your phone number next time you move.
We seem to have a knack for inheriting phone numbers of people with plenty of uncollected debt. Now, I understand that life happens, so this won't be a rant post against those with collections.
But, for the love of Pete, is there not a way for collection agencies to look up phone numbers and realize their "target" has moved? Over a year ago?
Seeing "OUT OF AREA" on the Caller ID, I at first avoided the calls, figuring they'd stop calling eventually. They didn't. So I started answering, to let them know that Scott and Leanne Van Buren* no longer live here. One company called often and repeatedly despite my gentle corrections, and finally my repressed assertive qualities came to the forefront when I told the caller, "I insist you take me off your list!" (Yeah, I know, my assertive side isn't very frightening.)
The ones that really bug me, though, are the automated, recorded messages. We have two of these that we get over and over. And over. And over. And over.
Yeah, it's that annoying.
The first has been calling for a couple of months now. It goes something like this: "Hello, this is American Recovery Services. We are calling for Scott Van Buren. This is an attempt to collect a debt. If you are Scott Van Buren, please press "4". If you are not Scott Van Buren, please call 1-800-555-1212."
So, let me get this straight. If I owe them a debt, they are ready and waiting to talk to me right now. If I'm a totally innocent party who owes them exactly zero dollars, I have to call them to get my name off their list. And, really, how many people are anxious enough to pay their debt that they actually press "4"? Deep breath, Beth. This is not worth the ire it raises in you.
And then there's another company that has been calling me for many months. I don't even think they are a collection company. I've tried to imagine what they are, but nothing seems to make sense. Their message says something like, "This is the law offices of Palmer, Reichler, & Associates, P.A. We are looking for the parent or guardian of Junior Richards. Please call 1-800-555-1212."
At first I thought it was some sort of child support collection agency, but why would they be calling his parent/guardian? They'd be trying to find the non-custodial parent. My stomach is in knots from the curiosity!
I finally got sick of that message (which occasionally goes through calling-us-once-a-day phases) and called the number. It was an automated system, and after being on hold awhile I decided putting up with the messages was better than sitting there on hold. One of these days I'll get annoyed enough to call them and sit through the hold music. Until then, I'll just complain.
Anyone want to trade phone numbers?
*Not their real names. Making up names is kinda fun.