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Congresswoman Claudia Tenney’s Office Warns Constituents about Harassing Phone Calls

Constituents Receiving Calls from Outside Organizations Claiming to be Representative Tenney’s office

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New Hartford, NY, April 25, 2017 | comments

Today Congresswoman Claudia Tenney’s office released the following statement alerting constituents in the 22nd District to harassing phone calls:

“Over the last week constituents have contacted our office reporting repeated, harassing phone calls either claiming to be from our office or directly connecting them to our office. Constituent reports indicate repeated calls over the course of a few hours, and sometimes very late in the evening.

Known as ‘patch through calls’, these calls begin with an operator encouraging the person answering the phone call to repeat a message provided by the operator while the line is then connected to one of our offices. Other times, the calls immediately connect the person answering the phone to our office. The calls are confusing and mislead many people to believe they are being directly contacted by our office,” said Hannah Andrews, Rep. Tenney’s spokeswoman.

“This is a scam and our office would never contact constituents in this manner. The calls, especially the ones that occur late in the evening, maliciously target seniors, veterans, and families with young children.

Unfortunately, the calls are extremely difficult to trace back to the original source, especially since they do not comply with federal laws that would make them easier to track. Often, the calls are paid for by special interest groups based in Washington D.C., or out-of-state organizations.

Our office is currently working to stop these disruptive phone calls and prevent future calls from happening. If you receive these calls, please contact our office at 202-225-3665 or the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to report the matter. The Capitol Police are further investigating the matter.”


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