Return of the Weasels

Posted on February 12, 2004 by Gene

Please note: This entry has now received more comments than any other entry on this site! The vast majority of the comments are of the “me too” variety, so I’ve decided to close the door now. Please do not leave any further comments.
I believe that it is the consensus of the victims that the “Phillip” scam is just that: a scam to separate you from your money.
Please feel free to contact your local consumer affairs office about “Longwood Industries” and their activities. Nothing more can be gained by complaining about it here on my website.
Thanks for your comments.

Ah, those telemarketers: you’ve got to hand it to them, they’re certainly clever.
Earlier this week, I got one of those dreaded “Unknown Number” calls on my cell phone. Naturally, I didn’t accept the call, and sent it to voice mail.
Later, when I checked the message, I expected to hear the silence of the predictive dialer. Instead, I got a long message from a company that calls themselves Longwood. “Phillip” said that they had gotten my number out of the Washington Post classifieds where I was selling my car. I expected to hear a pitch asking me to donate my car, since charities are exempt from the do-not-call list.
Nope! Longwood offered to place my car ad on the internet for a mere $85 if I’d call them at 1-800-430-1965.
It turns out that “Longwood” is sharing that toll free number with a few other companies. They might be shilling for the others as their business hardly seems to be in cars — they do promotional merchandise. Their phone number is 1-888-734-6931.

Now it’s your turn. Call Longwood and tell them that by calling my non-listed, do-not-call number, they’re setting themselves up for a big old fine as well as constant harassment from me and my army of flying, telephone-dialing monkeys.

Dial, my pretties! Dial!