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Subject: Re: Debt Consolidation telephone messsage Date: 12/7/2001 4:33 PM
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Hi Guys,

I was a bit unnerved to find a recorded message on my message machine the other day from a debt consolidation company instructing me that I would surely benefit from their services.

I can fortunately say that I have no debt. Nothing.

How did they get my phone # and why would they call someone that has never had any appreciable debt of any kind.

As far as I know, no one has stolen the one credit card I have. I keep strong tabs on the purchases and I have recieved no bills from unknown sources.

The only thing that I have had to deal with lately is some pretty hefty (at least for me) medical bills that I have paid on time. Could they have somehow got that info. That I have medical issues that I am spending money on??? Just an idea. Seems pretty creepy to me.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Hi TMKSarah!

Companies can get your phone number from a wide variety of sources. In many cases, lists are sold between companies. My guess is that this company just took a shot because you were one of many, many people on the automated call list. It's a good bet for them that the numbers they call will be those of people with debt, since most people do carry debt.

Meanwhile, the simplest thing to do is just hit the delete button on the answering machine and forget about it. ;-)

...but I still am...

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