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'Are You Looking Out the Window? We’re Coming for You'

A Monroe man says a telemarketer threatened him after he asked her to stop calling.

A Monroe man told police that a telemarketer threatened him and his family on Tuesday evening. On Wednesday, he shared his story with Patch under the condition of anonymity.

Over the course of several months it was the same story. The phone would ring, each time with a different company name and number on the caller I.D., and the same recording would play, "This is your last call to lower your credit card debt." Instructions to press 1 to speak to a customer representative and 3 to be placed on the Do Not Call List were then given, according to police.

"I don't have any credit card debt, so why are you calling me?" the homeowner said of his experience. "They would call and hang up on my wife."

On Tuesday, the first call came at 5:19 p.m. "Lower Interest" and the number 253-382-9900 — a Washington area code — was on the caller I.D.

The husband answered. 

"I said, 'Stop calling. Take me off your list,'" he recalled. "The woman started cursing at me, so I hung up."

Then the phone rang two minutes later, with D&C Solutions, 407-434-7130 (a Florida area code) on the caller I.D., he said, adding the same woman was on the other end of the line.

"Are you looking out the window?" she reportedly asked him. "We're coming for you. We're going to kill you. We're gonna burn your house down."

According to the homeowner, the telemarketer asked him if he had any children and when he said, "You should know. You called me," he said she made lewd comments about things they would do to them.

He said the telemarketer also told him, "Are you taping this call? You'll never find us."

"I was just listening," he said. "I was trying to get my iPhone to tape it. I just said, 'Yep. Yep.' Finally she said, 'You're wasting my time.' So I said, 'Then hang up.'"

Police said they found a listing for a company called D&C in Altamonte Springs, Fla., but nothing for a company called Lower Interest.

In reflecting on his experience, the homeowner said, "All for a credit card I don't even have."

J.O. July 29, 2012 at 12:20 PM
This is truly frightening. We also have been getting similar calls for many, many months now from different phone numbers. Our phone is listed on the National Do Not Call Registry. I reported the calls to the registry and the calls seem to have lessened. Scammers will stop at little if there is money to be made. The National Do Not Call Registry (www.donotcall.gov) has the following warning on its home page. “Scammers have been making phone calls claiming to represent the National Do Not Call Registry. The calls claim to provide an opportunity to sign up for the Registry. These calls are not coming from the Registry or the Federal Trade Commission, and you should not respond to these calls. To add your number to the Registry you can call 888-382-1222 from the phone you wish to register, or go click on “Register a Phone Number” in the left column of this page.”
Elliott July 29, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Ive been getting calls from these credit card companies too. Is the FCC so incompetant that they cant stop this????????????? Why do they allow this? Its harassment and ive asked them to stop also.. The do not call list doesnt stop non profit organizations either like police handouts. Iam retired and the police in Bridgeport are impotent. They do not do anything when a complaint is made or correct the situation and they retire with better benefits than most of us.
Kristy Waizenegger July 29, 2012 at 07:40 PM
The Do Not Call Registry doesn't seem to be working - all our numbers are on it and we still get calls. When the call is a live person I tell them we're on the do not call and they apologize and hang up but they aren't supposed to be calling in the first place. Some of the automated calls give you an "opt out" choice but they should be dialing my house either since we're on the do not call list. For other automated calls, you actually have to call the numbe back to get the option to opt out. Others provide no option at all and just keep calling. Now some companies disguise their calls in a survey since apparently survey calls are allowed. Something isn't working with the do not call legislation and I don't have time to file an complaint with the FCC every time I get a call.

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