After we’d had our number three or four days, I got my first telemarketing call.
The telemarketer attempted to address me by name and got it wrong, but close enough for me to know it was really intended for me.
After her spiel, I said, “I’m just astonished you even have this number, since we’ve only had it a few days and haven’t given it out to anyone. Thanks, bye.” And I hung up.
The next day and two more calls later, I realized: my Do Not Call registry didn’t transfer from one number to the next.
Five minutes online was long enough to fix that particular oversight. But here I am now, wondering: how do they know at the DNC registry that I’ve moved and opened up that other number? How did my personal information disseminate so quickly?
More to the point, how did my personal information get to someone telemarketing fine services and products (in this case, she wanted to sell me sixty magazines or tell me I’d won a free week at a timeshare or maybe magazines about sixty timeshares — I couldn’t care less) in only three days, but it then takes thirty-one days to remove my name from their lists?
Their computer-generated lists?
This isn’t like junk mail, where it’s printed six weeks in advance and sitting in a warehouse. These phone calls weren’t placed in late May.
All very strange. And to whichever company sold them my number: may the fruit vanish from your fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt.