Do (Not?) Call Lists

The Toronto Globe and Mail reports that Canada’s do-not-call registry is being sold for next to nothing to international scammers who are barraging these households with phone calls, but are largely beyond the reach of Canadian law.

Two things don’t ring true to me about this story. The first is the implicit claim that, prior to folks registering for the do-not-call list, the scammers had trouble getting access to these people’s phone numbers.

That might be true for the unlisted numbers, but I would think that you could buy every listed phone number in Canada for a few thousand dollars.

The second thing that feels wrong about this article is that relative to any other list of phone numbers you could find, the do-not-call registry must be the least profitable one imaginable. Why would a scammer want to call a list made up of people who have made it clear they do not want to be solicited over the phone?

(Hat tip: Gord Wait)


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  1. Mike says:

    Place your phone by your radio and let them listen to music!

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  2. T-ra ra the fraud fighting tigger says:

    Contrary to the statement on the GOV DNC site saying, “No numbers on the Do Not Call Registry are being released to telemarketers and scammers. if you tell the gov you are going to solicit via phone and you want to be in complience with the DNC list, the telemarketer is required to download the Do Not Call list to remove the phone numbers from their list with. Once they download the list, an unscrupulous telemarketer will use the downloaded list to make calls since its all real and active numbers for mostly ppl who could fall for the scam. As they already fell for the first one, that is registering for a Do Not Call list thats is GIVEN to scammers, with zero enforcement.

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