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2 May 2012 - 10:39pm

123-Bingo Online (who is selling my PHONE NUMBER now?)

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Hey friends!

I just received my first solicitation by TELEPHONE, no less, and I am not a happy camper. For my entire adult life, I have paid for an unlisted, unpublished phone number, and I have always avoided those annoying telemarketing calls others talk about.

Yet today I get a recorded phone call from 123 Bingo online? The ONLY places that have my phone number are these online casinos from when I register and for account verification, etc.

Has this happened to anyone else yet?

Again, not a happy camper here. Sad

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3 May 2012 - 3:44am
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I haven't received phone calls, but I have received lots of spam! Can you change your contact info at the casinos you are registered at? Do you have a block on your phone? I used to just assign repeat calls I didn't know a silent ring tone.

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3 May 2012 - 12:50pm
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That is terrible. As you know I have played at hundreds of casinos and almost all of them would have my phone number. In return I grow tired of the amount of email spam I receive and it is obvious that these guys sell or trade databases. It is why I now always use an individual email address when I sign up to a new site (so I can tell who sold me out). However I have never once received a call from a place I did not play at trying to get me to sign up. That is disgraceful. If they called me like that the poor telemarketer on the other end would get an earful for sure.

Take a look at Google Voice. I think you can get a free virtual phone number that you can use without revealing your real number. I can't use it here but I'm pretty sure its free for Americans.

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3 May 2012 - 4:38pm
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Ouch. I have gotten calls from online sportsbooks for a while after I signed up, but never from a casino that I was not registered at.

I am happy to see that you outed them and I will never put a penny of my money into a site like that. Does something like that lead to blacklisting, Ed?

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3 May 2012 - 7:47pm
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That is terrible. As you know I have played at hundreds of casinos and almost all of them would have my phone number. In return I grow tired of the amount of email spam I receive and it is obvious that these guys sell or trade databases. It is why I now always use an individual email address when I sign up to a new site (so I can tell who sold me out). However I have never once received a call from a place I did not play at trying to get me to sign up. That is disgraceful. If they called me like that the poor telemarketer on the other end would get an earful for sure.

Take a look at Google Voice. I think you can get a free virtual phone number that you can use without revealing your real number. I can't use it here but I'm pretty sure its free for Americans.

The thing is, CL-Ed, I could not talk back, because it was a recording! I didn't answer the call, because I didn't recognize the number, but it played the entire RECORDED solicitation on my voice mail. And the trouble with MY voice mail is that I have to listen to the ENTIRE message before I can delete, unlike my cell, where I can delete a message after hearing the first word or two.

I am not saying that it is the online casinos selling my phone number FOR SURE, but I believe it has to be since I can't think of anything else. I recently signed up to play a free chip at Intercasino. That is the only one I signed up that is new to me, so I am wondering if it was them? I can't prove anything, but if I ever DO get a real person on the line, they will hear from me. I just hope they don't call again.

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3 May 2012 - 10:12pm
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You can never say for sure who has sold or given away your details. It could be done "officially" by the casinos, but my gut feeling is that would only happen if the casino was about to go out of business. Why would a business want to sell their customer details? It doesn't make sense.

The more likely explanation is that someone working at the casino is taking a copy of customer details and selling them to make some cash on the side. The people who have access to it are usually customer service reps, the IT people, and management. The former two are the most likely culprits in most cases as the management has a bit more of a vested interest in the success of the business.

If we could prove that the owners or management of a casino were the ones selling out their own customers then it would definitely count against them as far as blacklisting goes, but we would be more likely to post a giant honking red warning on their review. But really its almost impossible to prove.

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3 May 2012 - 11:20pm
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We could sign up using an email similar to the casino name and then we would know who sold us out. For instance, if the casino name is BrandNewCasino, our email address could be LMBrandNewCasino@yahoo.com or something like that. It would be a pita, but possible to do. That won't help with the phone calls though. Maybe transpose the last two digits in the phone number?

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4 May 2012 - 12:27am
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LuckyMe wrote:

We could sign up using an email similar to the casino name and then we would know who sold us out. For instance, if the casino name is BrandNewCasino, our email address could be LMBrandNewCasino@yahoo.com or something like that. It would be a pita, but possible to do. That won't help with the phone calls though. Maybe transpose the last two digits in the phone number?

I am just worried about not getting a withdrawal due to inaccurate information, so I always fill out my info honestly and accurately. I will just wait and see if it continues, and if it does I will do something about it. Still makes me angry, though.

And, again, maybe it isn't even casino related, but that is the only thing that I do differently than in the past.

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4 May 2012 - 2:50am
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You could always change the info to correct it before a withdrawal? The intent is not to deceive, it's to protect your info.

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4 May 2012 - 5:31am
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LuckyMe wrote:

We could sign up using an email similar to the casino name and then we would know who sold us out. For instance, if the casino name is BrandNewCasino, our email address could be LMBrandNewCasino@yahoo.com or something like that. It would be a pita, but possible to do. That won't help with the phone calls though. Maybe transpose the last two digits in the phone number?

I already do that. If you have a gmail address its not a PITA because you can add "+whatever" to the name part of your address and it still delivers. e.g. "cl-ed @ gmail . com" could become "cl-ed+casinoname @ gmail . com"

See here for more info:
http://gmailblog.blogspot.com.au/2008/03/2-hidden-ways-to-get-more-from-...

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5 May 2012 - 5:11am
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I used to do this with a variation in the spelling of my name. I would add or subtract a letter or transpose letters. I knew if the letter was transposed it was junk mail. When filling things out online I sometimes use Value Customer as my name.

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6 May 2012 - 1:54am
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Great ideas from everyone. I have set up different emails for offers, sending for "samples," and signing up for contests, etc., but sometimes I forget all about those email addresses, lol.

I do like the ideas above!

Thank you! Smile

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6 May 2012 - 9:52pm
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I have done the same thing about making emails for certain places and then forgetting to check them. I guess it doesn't really matter though because it was junk mail I didn't need.

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11 May 2012 - 12:24pm
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Well if you ever want a totally disposable email address (not really useful for a casino that you want to play for money at) then check out www.mailinator.com

When you register for a website just use whateveryouwant@mailinator.com (you can invent anything for the part before the @ symbol).

Then go to www.mailinator.com and type the "whateveryouwant" part into the box there and you can read the email to confirm your address or whatever. They only keep the email for a day or two so its no good for long term storage but its gold for signing up at sites that you need to register for just to get some info one time.

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