Who Is 424-239-5373 Or “VR INTERVIEW?”

by on July 21, 2016

in consumer

Telemarketers Are Evil

So who is this entity behind the telemarketer whose phone number comes up as (424) 239-5373? Who claim to be with “VR Interview?” I’ll tell you what they are. They’re rude, annoying and conducting illegal telemarketer practices.

How we came to know this phone number is that they started calling my wife.

Over the last four days, they called her TWELVE TIMES. After a couple of calls my wife even managed to say “Do not call” to the caller on the other end. Then they called right back. What kind of asshole does that?

Usually illegal telemarketers will not engage in conversation. The moment you start even muttering anything about not wanting them to call, they hang up so they legally can say they never heard you say the magic phrase.

But this one, the second my wife answered her phone, would say “Do not call me!” They heard. And then called her right back.

On Tuesday, July 19th, 2016, they called her SEVEN times. She, like many others, had to block the number to stop this aggravating assault.

WTF?

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If you pipe in “who is 424-239-5373” in your search engine, you’ll see that on websites like 800Notes, Number Guru, Directory Wiki Info, and Who Calls Me, that this number is based out of the Los Angeles region, and some think more specifically, out of Beverly Hills, Carson or Compton area.

And that what they’re doing, they’re doing to a lot of people.

What this phone caller is doing, is illegal and there’s very little recourse we, the consumer seem to have.

As you look around on the web at those resources I noted above, many people are saying the same thing.

10 calls so far today and the days is just beginning.

The man asked for me by name and said he was from a company called VR Interview and that they weren’t trying to sell me anything, they wanted to do a public opinion survey. I hung up and blocked the number.

Got over 10 calls on Saturday and then three calls on Sunday. I called back and it was some company doing a survey. I asked her why they call so many times and she said well have you taken survey yet. She said it’s an important survey. I hung up and blocked number

(800notes)

Carrier: CBEYOND COMMUNICATIONS, LLC – CA
Location: Los Angeles, California

(numberguru.com)

But when you do a search for this VR INTERVIEW, the only thing that comes up is ‘Oculus VR,’ or Freefly VR Interview.’ Nothing else comes up that may not be real.

In other words, the name “VR Interview” is a bullshit company name and is, instead, just their illegal reference to their phone call.

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The Telemarketing Sales Rule

According to the FTC, the Telemarketing Sales Rule, which requires telemarketers to make specific disclosures of material information; prohibits misrepresentations; sets limits on the times telemarketers may call consumers; prohibits calls to a consumer who has asked not to be called again;
( ftc.gov/enforcement/rules/telemarketing-sales-rule )

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You can also add your phone number to the “Do Not Call” registry. (Again, for some of us.)

You do this online at http://www.donotcall.gov/ or by calling toll-free 1-888-382-1222 (TTY: 1-866-290-4236) from the number you wish to register. Registration is free.

And no, this list is not just for landlines.

( consumer.ftc.gov/telemarketing-sales-rule )
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Telemarketer Restrictions

If you look up the rules to the ‘Do Not Call’ registry or what telecrapeters must abide by, they are…

Companies with which you have had a relationship in the last 18 months. You might have made a purchase or simply requested information. They may legally call for for the next year and a half.

Political parties or organizations seeking your vote. Fortunately, you tend to get those calls only around election time.

Organizations taking a survey. These surveys can sometimes quickly turn into a full-blown sales pitch.

Charitable organizations.

Scammers who are operating outside the U.S. and don’t care that they are breaking the law.

In this case, our favorite number today is claiming to be taking a survey.

Consumers Can Block Telemarketers

Yes, we can block the phone number if they go beyond the usual two or three pestications, like this POS caller who called seven times in one day.

You can also employ your own phone to diss them by blocking the number.

Now you can’t preemptively block anyone, they have to call you first. But once they do, then you can smite them!

In general, to block callers:

For the iPhone:
-Settings > phone > blocked
Add the contact or number there.

For the Galaxy or Android:
-Settings > Applications > Call.
Select Call rejection > Auto reject list > Create and type in the number and tap Save.

Your phone might differ. But if you can’t find how to block a number you can always snag yet one more app out there in your “store.” Here’s one list of suggestions… { androidheadlines/call-blocker-apps } Or go out to your “store” and see if there’s anything better.

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So there you have it. This VR Interview is a POS entity that is abusing the law and does not give a sh*! In fact they’re down right contradictory and seem to spit in the face of FTC rules. Especially since they call a consumer right back after they tell them to not call.

Maybe I’m being paranoid, but I would not even engage these people. Who knows what’s happening from their end if you stay on the line long enough and what could happen to your phone. See… paranoid. But I’d rather be paranoid than have some weird and unique story about now my phone got hijacked and all my information from it was siphoned off.

In fact, after looking around there is technology out there that acts like cell phone signal boosters that can be manipulated to retrieve data from phone calls.

It’s truly not likely, but why take chances with scum like this?

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Cell Phone Hacking: More Serious Than You Think!

https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/how-to-stop-telemarketers-from-calling-your-cell-phone-041515.html

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