Dish Network / dish network phone rep/service
I contacted dish network on 3/16/09 to inquire about their packages and pricing. The rep who answered my call was possibly named stella. She was very difficult to understand and hard to hear due to all the background noise (Sounded like children laughing and playing) and I frequently had to ask her to repeat herself during our very long conversation. I very clearly told her from the beginning of the conversation that I was not ordering dish network only inquiring about prices. She told me that I would need to give her my social security number and a credit card number. I told her there was no reason for her to need a social security number or credit card as I was not ordering just inquiring about pricing. After repeatedly insisting that I would have to give her this information so she could verify if I was even eligible for dish network service she finally did give me base prices. Then I asked if I was eligible for any of the special pricing and promotions that were advertised on dish network's web site. She told that I possibly was eligible for special pricing and promotions but that I would have to give her my social security number and a credit card number for her to verify my eligibility. I again argued that I did not want to give her this information and that there was no reason for her to need it since I was only inquiring not ordering. She insisted that without my social security number and a credit card that she could not verify my eligibility for dish network service let alone tell me what special pricing and promotions were available to me. Like a fool, I finally gave her my social security number and credit card and she did tell me that I was eligible for dish network service and gave me the prices including the "return customer pricing and promotional pricing". The prices appeared to be reasonable but I told her I was not ready to order as I wanted to discuss the prices etc with my husband before I made the decision to order or not. She told me she understood but then the next thing I know she's trying to schedule the installation for the next day!!! I again told her I was not ordering and that it would probably be sometime in april before I made a decision. She said that was fine but did give me a "reservation number" that she said I would need if I did decide to order. She also had me set-up a password and gave me an 800 number [protected]) to call if I decided to order the service. I expressed concerns to her that did not like having to give her all this information just to get prices and that I was concerned that I would be billed on my credit card for services that I had not ordered. She assured me that this would not happen and that nothing would be done unless I called to actually place an order. We ended our conversation.
The next afternoon, 3/17/09, I get a phone call from dish network telling me that they had been here in the morning to do the installation and no one answered the door to which I responded that I did not order the service and had not scheduled any installation. I was told that I had ordered it and there was some kind of misunderstanding. Dish network came to my home to do an installation that I did not schedule for services that I did not order. On 3/16/09, their phone rep badgered me into giving her my social security number and credit card. Now i'm concerned that I will be billed for an installation and services that I did not order not to mention that I was stupid enough to give the phone rep my social security number and credit card. For all I know I have set my self up for identity theft!!!
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