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Old 07-17-2013, 09:52 AM
 
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Recently we had to call 911 in Union County for a neighbor. Less than 3 business days later, we get a call from the company that sells the "I've fallen and can't get up" life alert, trying to sell us their product. Coincidence or not? It wouldn't surprise me but, I would have to consider that a new low point in telemarketing.

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Old 07-17-2013, 10:21 AM
 
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Aren't 911 calls public records? Maybe there is some company trolling the records for "old people in trouble" type calls.
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:31 AM
 
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That's what I figured but, this just opens up a lot of questions about personnel and medical information . You always hear on the news about "911 calls not being released", I would assume that may be more the case for crimes. It just irked me getting the telemarketing call.
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Charlotte
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At one time, 911 info came from the telephone company since it's tied to a physical phone number. They don't use callerID. They use a more secure system call ANI (can't be blocked or affected by the caller) to get the calling # and that only comes from the telco.

I would not think that a telemarketer would have access to actual calls made unless they were being supplied by Union county.
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:53 AM
 
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Recently we had to call 911 in Union County for a neighbor. Less than 3 business days later, we get a call from the company that sells the "I've fallen and can't get up" life alert, trying to sell us their product. Coincidence or not? It wouldn't surprise me but, I would have to consider that a new point low in telemarketing.
Happens all the time though not sure in this case. I wouldn't think anyone is collecting raw 911 data and especially not that fast. But police reports for sure get parsed. That's how if you get a ticket you'll hear from lawyers and who knows if those car extended warranty companies get their stuff from the dealer of from the DMV.

Coincidence probably unless a formal report was done.
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:35 AM
 
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Union county actually list ALL their dispatch calls on a website. It will list names and addresses. Not so much phone numbers but it isn't hard to find once they have your name and address. When I lived there and was robbed, the sheriff was the one that directed me to the log online. I was a bit distressed to see how much info was included. Aah, I found that link:

Sheriff's Office Daily Bulletin
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:36 AM
 
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Edited to add: That image thing is new to the right of the call log. I didn't click on it but maybe that's where they get phone numbers?
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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That's what I figured but, this just opens up a lot of questions about personnel and medical information . You always hear on the news about "911 calls not being released", I would assume that may be more the case for crimes. It just irked me getting the telemarketing call.
I am not an expert, but I thought they were always available if they were requested through a FOIA type request. So the police may not release them to media unless the are specifically requested through a formal process.
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