08000641087 – another number to stick in your block list

by Trefor Davies on Wednesday, 3 July, 2013

pirate_flag_thumbAnother scam number for you to stick in your block list is 08000641087. My 16 year old son had a missed call from these guys and rang my mobile thinking it might have been my office number.

A search reveals that this number comes from LBM Direct Marketing Ltd, a legit organisation that allegedly does telemarketing for O2 and Vodafone amongst others. They may be legit but it doesn’t mean we have to like them. There is a lot out there about this organisation if you Google it or the number.

In the direct mail world I’m sure that legislation was introduced years ago saying that only people who had opted in to receive direct mail could be bombarded with it. It’s about time they introduced a similar system for telephone numbers to replace the TPS.

The returns on cold calling are very low anyway and you wonder why people bother. The job is soul destroying and I doubt that people can stick it for very long. An inbound sales strategy is far more successful. Get people to want to call you and then it is easy.

Btw I know I said to block the number but in reality this is impractical. There are probably thousands of such numbers in use and cold calling organisations can easily change them.

Wonder what this blog is about?

Post on where to complain about nuisance calls and messages here.

Footnote 21/2/2014 since this post was written it has had 9,853 visitors. That’s a lot of people being pestered.

LDM Marketing up to more antics here.

More scam number info here.

{ 2 comments }

PhilT July 3, 2013 at 9:31 am

Did you see the Which? PR that said people who registered with the TPS still received more calls than those who didn’t.

I’m no fan of Which? and it’s an observational study that may simply tell us that people who got a lot of cold calls were more inclined to register with the TPS, but it would be interesting to see a randomised trial. A VoIP provider could run such a trial – take 100 numbers, randomise 50 of them to be registered with the TPS, log the calls received over 6 months. You could even split the two groups further and have half of each used in responses to surveys, posted online etc to see if this gave further clues about the origin of the cold call leads.

Peter July 4, 2013 at 1:05 pm

International – Consumer Lifestyle Survey – ‘Who is your gas supplier?’

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