"TONER PHONER "CALL CAUGHT ON TAPE

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"TONER PHONER "CALL CAUGHT ON TAPE

 user 2008-01-25 at 11:14:00 am Views: 50
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    “Toner Phoner” Call Caught On Tape
    Two
    days ago we reported on an office supply scam. Telemarketers offering
    expensive toner supplies at cut-rate fees. A woman claiming to
    represent a Missouri company.Our  recent report..beware of anyone
    calling who claims to be your office supply company offering great
    deals on toner products for your copy machines. One unidentified woman
    had the audacity to call our newsroom, not once but twice.  She said,
    we have cartridges for your machine, “Hewlett Packer Laser Jet 4200 CN”
    The unidentified woman tried to pull a fast one. The latest call was
    intercepted by News Director Dennis Smith. And our cameras were
    rolling. The woman said, “We have the same machines. We ordered some
    cartridges for our machines here at Laser Work and then we got them in
    and switched machines. That’s why I’m calling you, I wanted to give you
    a few at discount.”  Smith asked, “how much is that again? Her reply,
    $297 a cartridge for helping us out. Normally they are $347.40″ That’s
    over twice what they are worth. Each cartridge cost us $125.00. Little
    seemed to deter her. So we played along. 

    Dennis asked the
    carller “Have you ever hard of the term “toner pirates?” Toner parts,
    she asked? No toner pirates. Dennis: People who make calls like you and
    never leave their telephone number, basically scamming people. You can
    go to our website (Wlbt.com) and you can see what we’ve accomplished
    warning people how ridiculous this is. We’ve done stories on
    this.”Local businesses have been targeted  recently by the office
    supply telemarketers. Troy Lambert emailed us. One of his customers was
    contacted by a toner pirate Wednesday. She had seen our news report
    …warning about this ripoff.  She replied that all of her supplies
    were includedin her contract and the guy just hung up on her. Her last
    comment was “sure was glad I paid attention to that story on the news.”
    Our caller persisted, telling Smith, “Well you need the cartridges.”
    When he asked for her name and number she hung up.The Federal Trade
    Commission urges businesses not to order from suppliers they don’t
    know. You could be stuck with inferior overpriced supplies and no way
    to get your money back.