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Law office cold calling?(9 posts)

Law office cold calling?Kristin
Jul 1, 2003 11:44 AM
For the past 2 months I've been getting automated recordings from a law office on my answering machine. My machine picks up the recording in progress and my name is never mentioned. The recording does refer to an "account" number, and they ask that I call them back at their 800 number. I'm 99% sure this is a telemarketing. But, I do have that one outstanding medical bill. (An insurance mistake that I swept under the rug, hoping it would disappear.) I am guessing this is how they sucker people into calling back...everyone has something they've swept under the rug. Even if its not a cold call, should I dignify them with a response when they can't even afford to pay a real person to call me?
Don't return calls to a machine.53T
Jul 1, 2003 12:44 PM
Law firms don't use machines. How could they bill the hours if they don't call themselves?
call them backmohair_chair
Jul 1, 2003 12:52 PM
If you have some kind of outstanding bill, it could turn out to haunt you in the future. You should find out if that's what this is about.

I would call the 800 number and try to figure out who they are and what they want. Don't call from your home phone and tell them nothing about you. If they won't tell you anything, then it's probably a marketing scheme and I would ignore them.
good pointsDougSloan
Jul 1, 2003 1:46 PM
Under fair debt collection, I think if you don't respond within a certain time it can be construed as an admission of the debt owed. Nonetheless, it's not apparent that that is what this is. I agree; call from another place and ask some general questions; if it is telemarketing, tell them to remove you from their list permanently.

Doug
Hey, DougLeroy
Jul 3, 2003 5:29 AM
1. Federal or state debt collection act violations?

2.In Texas if the law firm is 'trolling' for buisness that would be reported to the State Bar, may be barratry. At least the firm would spend some afternoons explaining it.

3. The 'stop calling' response is good.
Wise adviceKristin
Jul 3, 2003 6:10 AM
I hadn't thought that companies would do the reverse lookup thing; but it makes sense if your debtor has changed his/her number to avoid creditors.

I called today and it was for the previous tennant. I've had other law offices call for them before. The condo I bought used to be a slum with a pretty bad reputation. Reason #65 I shouldn't have bought the place.
It's a sucker call.......MR_GRUMPY
Jul 1, 2003 1:54 PM
How often does your machine pick up a "call in progress." It's probably the "medical bill" thing. They don't want to hear about why the insurance didn't pay, they just want to get you on the hook. Don't call back.... don't talk to them. They make lawyers look like saints. If you have an outstanding bill, talk to the Doctors or the hospital.
Think of them as Vampires, who just want to be invited into your house. Don't let them in !
re: Law office cold calling?PiedmontRider
Jul 2, 2003 4:40 AM
I was receiving the same type of calls for months. I decided that is was best to know what it was about. I called from a different number than the one that they were calling. I mentioned the account number that they had been referencing and they asked me if I was "Joe P. Somebody" Since that was not me, I was able to get them to stop calling. If they are looking for you, it is most likely a collection agency. "Joe P. Somebody" used to live in the apartment I live in and it appears that he had quite a bit of credit card debt.
Best of luck!
re: Law office cold calling?jaybird
Jul 2, 2003 7:20 AM
What is the wortst thing that could happen if you call them back? They try and sell you a timeshare? Just say no thanks and hang up. If it is the bill comming back to haunt you talk to them and try and work it out honorably instead of trying to dodge it. If they have personal info on you, it may show up on your credit report and end up costing you more in the long run...