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231-732-2067 Stop Calling Cell Phones; How to Complain to FCC & State Attorneys General; National Do-Not-Call List; Boycott

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First, if you are thinking about going to a G-Rated movie about a plush toy known for being soft and cuddly and emulating an animal that reproduces wildly, please don't go. We need to not fall for their plan...In a WORLD where rapidly reproducing rodents robodial. In a TIME when voices are digitally stored. Suddenly your CELL PHONE RINGS. DO NOT ANSWER OR YOUR SOUL IS AT RISK! In a SEASON when cell phone companies, the FCC and State Attorneys General are the ONLY ones on whom you MUST DEPEND. You are in a HEAP O'TROUBLE. PRAY you don't take the call, when the ROBORODENT RINGS YOUR CELL!

The above movie pitch is fiction (aren't they all). But there another movie over which I steam. It is an outdated 2007 rerun movie that might be fine. It might be great. I doubt it. But this one needs to be boycotted...or at least borrowed. WHY?

A lonely boy wins over his distant father and strict grandmother with help from an outlaw telemarketer whose one wish is to become a real criminal someday.

Huh? OK. That's more fiction. But I really don't like what just really happened. I got a call on my cell phone from 231-732-2067 and they claimed it was not a sales call. I wondered why, but figured that got them past some legal loophole. Whatever.

I'm on the do not call list and I consider this a violation. I kept listening, and in fact, it was a sales call, announcing a movie (made in 2007 according to imdb.com) and trying to get me to commit to spending $20 on movies within a certain period of time. I fear I answered their automated yes/no a bit impolitely.

I started searching and found this...

First, there are several websites that attempt to help you discover who is calling you, but in this case the helpful one was this one...

Other people are pretty mad about this, too, and I would like to say I have nothing against movies (you know it) or even movies for children (ha I like some of them) or religious messages in movies. What I have a problem with is skirting the obvious intent of the no-call list and accompanying laws. Mistakes happen. Random calling with pre-recorded messages is not a mistake. Hiding a for-profit venture behind a non-profit to attempt a new way around the law is not cool...and it certain isn't appropriate for a movie giving lessons on morals (if this movie does that). 

Be ashamed Michael Landon, Jr.

Here's a reference that says Verizon has sued...

A representative for the mobile service said Verizon had nothing against children’s movies but it is taking issue with a Utah-based telemarketing company, which has apparently been calling cellphone users to advertise the movie.

Verizon said it filed a suit in the U.S. District Court in Trenton, New Jersey , alleging that Feature Films For Families Inc illegally used an auto-dialer for LA-based Family 1 Films. The suit says Verizon Wireless customers and employees received nearly 500,000 calls with a scripted promotion for the film over a 10-day period in February.

I would be just as mad if the Democratic or Republican or Get Rid of the Republicans and Democratics party had called. I would be just as mad if the We Need Oxygen and Fuzzy Bears foundation had called. I would be just as mad if it were an offer of free stuff with no strings attached. Come to think of it, it must be legal for Richard Petty to call me, because he did that last election by personal recorded message. 

Check this out from the FCC about using dialers and recorded messages...emphasis added...

For example, it is unlawful for any person to make any call (other than a call made for emergency purposes or made with express prior consent) using any automatic telephone dialing system or any artificial or prerecorded voice message to any telephone number assigned to a paging service, mobile telephone service, or any service for which the called party is charged for the call. This prohibition applies regardless of whether the number is listed on the national Do-Not-Call list. 

Here's a link to a pdf of the complaint form...

Here's more from the same FCC site about how to complain.

How to Complain

If you receive an unwanted telemarketing call that you think violates the do-not-call rules, you can file a complaint with the FCC. There is no charge for filing a complaint. You can file your complaint using an on-line complaint form found at esupport.fcc.gov/complaints.htm. You can also file your complaint with the FCC’s Consumer Center by e-mailing fccinfo@fcc.gov; calling 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322) voice or 1-888-TELL-FCC (1-888-835-5322) TTY; faxing 1-866-418-0232; or writing to:

Federal Communications Commission
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau
Consumer Inquiries and Complaints Division
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554.

What to Include in Your Complaint

The best way to provide all the information the FCC needs to process your complaint is to complete fully the on-line complaint form. When you open the on-line complaint form, you will be asked a series of questions that will take you to the particular section of the form you need to complete. If you do not use the on-line complaint form, your complaint, at a minimum, should indicate:

  • your name, address, e-mail address, and phone number where you can be reached;

  • the phone number where you received the call, and whether this number is on the national Do-Not-Call list;

  • the date and time of the call;

  • whether the call advertised or sold any property, goods, or services;

  • any information (including a caller ID number) to help identify the individual or company whose property, goods, or services were being advertised or sold, and whether any of this information was provided during the call;

  • whether you or anyone else in your household gave the caller permission to call;

  • whether you have an established business relationship (EBR) with the caller (specifically, whether you or anyone else in your household made any purchases of property, goods, or services from the individual or company that called, or made any inquiry or filed an application with the individual or company prior to receiving the call); and

  • whether you or anyone in your household previously asked the caller or individual or company whose property, goods, or services are being advertised or sold NOT to call, and when you made the request.

Here's another link about how to complain to the Federal Communications Commission about violations of the National Do-Not-Call list and a link to register or call to be on the federal do not call list

Even if you find your complaint is not valid for some loophole reason, you can still contact your State Attorney General about the annoyance and to complain there. Here's a list that I believe to be in the public domain as it was linked to from usa.gov without an exit message... Please check the link as this list will become less accurate over time...

State Attorney General Phone

Alabama: Troy King (R) (334) 242-7300
500 Dexter Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36130

Alaska: Rick Svobodny (Acting) (R) (907) 465-3600
P.O. Box 110300, Diamond Courthouse, Juneau, AK 99811-0300

American Samoa: Fepulea'i A. "Afa" Ripley, Jr. (684) 633-4163
American Samoa Gov't, Exec. Ofc. Bldg, Utulei, Territory of American Samoa, Pago Pago, AS 96799

Arizona: Terry Goddard (D) (602) 542-4266
1275 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007

Arkansas: Dustin McDaniel (D) (800) 482-8982
200 Tower Bldg., 323 Center St., Little Rock, AR 72201-2610

California: Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, Jr. (D) (916) 445-9555
1300 I St., Ste. 1740, Sacramento, CA 95814

Colorado: John Suthers (R) (303) 866-4500
1525 Sherman Street, Denver, CO 80203

Connecticut: Richard Blumenthal (D) (860) 808-5318
55 Elm St., Hartford, CT 06141-0120

Delaware: Joseph R. "Beau" Biden, III (D) (302) 577-8338
Carvel State Office Bldg., 820 N. French St., Wilmington, DE 19801

District of Columbia: Peter Nickles (D) (202) 727-3400
John A. Wilson Building, 1350 PA Ave, NW Suite 409, Washington, DC 20009

Florida: Bill McCollum (R) (850) 414-3300
The Capitol, PL 01, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050

Georgia: Thurbert E. Baker (D) (404) 656-3300
40 Capitol Square, SW, Atlanta, GA 30334-1300

Guam: Alicia G. Limtiaco (671) 475-3409
Judicial Center Bldg., Ste. 2-200E, 120 W. O'Brien Dr., Hagatna, Guam 96910

Hawaii: Mark J. Bennett (R) (808) 586-1500
425 Queen St., Honolulu, HI 96813

Idaho: Lawrence Wasden (R) (208) 334-2400
Statehouse, Boise, ID 83720-1000

Illinois: Lisa Madigan (D) (312) 814-3000
James R. Thompson Ctr., 100 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

Indiana: Greg Zoeller (R) (317) 232-6201
Indiana Government Center South - 5th Floor, 402 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Iowa: Tom Miller (D) (515) 281-5164
Hoover State Office Bldg., 1305 E. Walnut, Des Moines, IA 50319

Kansas: Steve Six (D) (785) 296-2215
120 S.W. 10th Ave., 2nd Fl., Topeka, KS 66612-1597

Kentucky: Jack Conway (D) (502) 696-5300
700 Capitol Avenue, Capitol Building, Suite 118, Frankfort, KY 40601

Louisiana: James D. "Buddy" Caldwell (D) 225-326-6000
P.O. Box 94095, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-4095

Maine: Janet T. Mills (D) (207) 626-8800
State House Station 6, Augusta, ME 04333

Maryland: Douglas F. Gansler (D) (410) 576-6300
200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, MD 21202-2202

Massachusetts: Martha Coakley (D) (617) 727-2200
1 Ashburton Place, Boston, MA 02108-1698

Michigan: Mike Cox (R) (517) 373-1110
P.O.Box 30212, 525 W. Ottawa St., Lansing, MI 48909-0212

Minnesota: Lori Swanson (D) (651) 296-3353
State Capitol, Ste. 102, St. Paul, MN 55155

Mississippi: Jim Hood (D) (601) 359-3680
Department of Justice, P.O. Box 220, Jackson, MS 37205-0220

Missouri: Chris Koster (D) (573) 751-3321
Supreme Ct. Bldg., 207 W. High St., Jefferson City, MO 65101

Montana: Steve Bullock (D) (406) 444-2026
Justice Bldg., 215 N. Sanders, Helena, MT 59620-1401

Nebraska: Jon Bruning (R) (402) 471-2682
State Capitol, P.O.Box 98920, Lincoln, NE 68509-8920

Nevada: Catherine Cortez Masto (D) (775) 684-1100
Old Supreme Ct. Bldg., 100 N. Carson St., Carson City, NV 89701

New Hampshire: Kelly Ayotte (R) (603) 271-3658
State House Annex, 33 Capitol St., Concord, NH 03301-6397

New Jersey : Anne Milgram (D) (609) 292-8740
Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex, 25 Market St., CN 080, Trenton, NJ 08625

New Mexico: Gary King (D) (505) 827-6000
P.O. Drawer 1508, Sante Fe, NM 87504-1508

New York: Andrew Cuomo (D) (518) 474-7330
Dept. of Law - The Capitol, 2nd fl., Albany, NY 12224

North Carolina: Roy Cooper (D) (919) 716-6400
Dept. of Justice, P.O.Box 629, Raleigh, NC 27602-0629

North Dakota: Wayne Stenehjem (R) (701) 328-2210
State Capitol, 600 E. Boulevard Ave., Bismarck, ND 58505-0040

Northern Mariana Islands: Gregory Baka (Acting) (670) 664-2333
Office of the Attorney General N. Mariana Islands, Administration Building, Saipan, MP 96950

Ohio: Richard Cordray (D) (614) 466-4320
State Office Tower, 30 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43266-0410

Oklahoma: W. A. Drew Edmondson (D) (405) 521-3921
State Capitol, Rm. 112, 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Oregon: John Kroger (D) (503) 378-4732
Justice Bldg., 1162 Court St., NE, Salem, OR 97301

Pennsylvania: Tom Corbett (R) (717) 787-3391
1600 Strawberry Square, Harrisburg, PA 17120

Puerto Rico: Antonio Sagardia (787) 721-2900
GPO Box 902192, San Juan, PR 00902-0192

Rhode Island: Patrick C. Lynch (D) (401) 274-4400
150 S. Main St., Providence, RI 02903

South Carolina: Henry McMaster (R) (803) 734-3970
Rembert C. Dennis Office Bldg., P.O.Box 11549, Columbia, SC 29211-1549

South Dakota: Larry Long (R) (605) 773-3215
1302 East Highway 14, Suite 1, Pierre, SD 57501-8501

Tennessee: Robert E. Cooper, Jr. (D) (615) 741-5860
500 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN 37243

Texas: Greg Abbott (R) (512) 463-2100
Capitol Station, P.O.Box 12548, Austin, TX 78711-2548

Utah: Mark Shurtleff (R) (801) 538-9600
State Capitol, Rm. 236, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-0810

Vermont: William H. Sorrell (D) (802) 828-3173
109 State St., Montpelier, VT 05609-1001

Virgin Islands: Vincent Frazer (340) 774-5666
Dept. of Justice, G.E.R.S. Complex 488-50C Kronprinsdens Gade, St. Thomas, VI 00802

Virginia: Bill Mims (Acting) (804) 786-2071
900 E. Main St., Richmond, VA 23219

Washington: Rob McKenna (R) (360) 753-6200
1125 Washington St. SE, PO Box 40100, Olympia, WA 98504-0100

West Virginia: Darrell V. McGraw, Jr. (D) (304) 558-2021
State Capitol, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. , E., Charleston, WV 25305

Wisconsin: J.B. Van Hollen (R) (608) 266-1221
State Capitol, Ste. 114 E., P.O.Box 7857, Madison, WI 53707-7857

Wyoming: Bruce A. Salzburg (D) (307) 777-7841
State Capitol Bldg., Cheyenne, WY 82002


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