strange message on my answering machine talks about Green Card

  1. It says, "if you are RN working under TNV or green call please call this admissions number, don't repond if you are not a RN or a naturalized citizen". Who ever it is does NOT identify themselves or name the agency they are associated with. Sounds like they are up to no good to me. I have no intention of responding but am curious as to what is going on with this business. PS I am not sure the letters are TNV but it sounds like he said TNV
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   canoehead
    Sounds like a telemarketer to me
  4. by   KeniRN
    I got the same message yesterday. I deleted it. But I am curious as to what their motives are. Are they real? Are they legal?
  5. by   Mimi2RN
    No Caller ID number? We find it very helpful.
  6. by   fergus51
    Probably TN visa. It's the type of visa allowed under NAFTA for Canadian and Mexican nurses to work in the US.
  7. by   oramar
    the caller ID says "unavailable" but the person gave a number to call
  8. by   epg_pei
    It does sound like telemarketing. The boards sell their lists right? Sounds like somebody is playing the visa angle for a buck or three.
  9. by   oramar
    How about this senario? A recruiter for agency knows that people working on green cards or under TN visas are sometimes nervous about their work status. So this person takes advantage of the situation and gets people to return his call by mentioning green cards in his message. He then makes them a pitch to work for his agency. Just brain storming but there was something about the situation that seems shaky.
  10. by   tattooednursie
    That sounds really fishy to me.
  11. by   fergus51
    The problem with that is if a nurse is in the country on a TN visa, the visa itself is tied to that particular job. When they want to change jobs they have to redo all that paperwork to switch. I would guess it could also be an immigration attorney type thing.
  12. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I smell telemarketer.
  13. by   fotografe
    Here's an idea, call your local tv station consumer reporter and have them check it out. Our local reporter loves getting tips to go after those dogs. See what happens.
  14. by   Nikki730
    I used to be a telemarketer (10 years ago), and think the business changed a lot and got scummier, IMO. I get calls before 9am (8 in the morning is too early to be bothering people!) When I did it, we could start at 8:00am, but we could only call the east coast, and late at night we switched to calling the west coast. I stopped doing it when they got really aggressive--they actually said that each phone call should end in a sale or the customer hanging up in your face. I say that's just wrong. You can try to sell a product, but must know how to take "no" for an answer, and hopefully before you provoke the person to anger. Also, if you aren't on the "do not call lists" you get lots more calls than you used to.

    Also, the telemarketing messages I get (which is strange in itself--we NEVER left messages, just hung up if we didn't get a person) sound as if they KNOW something about your situation (financial debt consolidation) or that YOU initiated contact (filled out a sweepstakes entry,) etc. When of course, that NEVER happened. Frankly, they shouldn't get to lie like that. I get one message repeatedly, asking when they can install 3 satelite television recievers in my home. They say it was paid for (proabably) by a friend of mine, and that I'm getting $60 off of my monthly bill. This always makes me mad, because I know it's bogus (what friend takes it upon themselves to order you dish network?!?) and they are acting like you will soon recieve a bill--like anyone would be happy to hear that?!? I've had this message on my machine at least 15 times--I've practically got it memorized.

    I agree with you; sounds like they get a list of names of nurses and try to intimidate people into ordering something they don't need. I hope I never have to do sales again; too much pressure to sell more units using any tactics available.

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