The REAL scary story | IAT SmartDial® Solutions

The REAL scary story

Post 301 of 487

With Halloween just around the corner, we decided to treat you to a spook-tacularly creepy story.*

Once upon a time there were two brothers: Sam, the boy-next-door little brother, and Michael, the quintessential, edgy teenager.

Sam, Michael and their mom move down the California coast to live with Grandpa.

Right away, Sam seeks out his favorite haunt—the comic book store—where he meets Edgar and Allan Frog. These “Frog brothers” try to convince Sam to read a comic about vampires—insisting that it is vitally important to his survival. Sam thinks the brothers are nuts, but eventually caves and takes the comic home.

Meanwhile, the motorcycle gang Michael encounters turns out to be vampires; they cleverly trick an unwitting Michael into becoming a half vampire.

Thanks to his new comic, Sam picks up clues that Michael may now be a vampire. Still unsure of his suspicions, Sam calls the Frog brothers for advice.

“You did the right thing by calling us. Does your brother sleep a lot?”

“Yeah, all day.”

“Does the sunlight freak him out?”

“Uh, he wears sunglasses in the house.”

“Bad breath? Long fingernails?”

“Yeah, his fingernails are a little bit longer … um, he always had bad breath though.”

“He’s a vampire all right. Here’s what you do: get yourself a good sharp stake and drive it right through his heart.”

“I can’t do that—he’s my brother!”

“Ok, we’ll come over and do it for you.”


Fortunately, they come up with an alternative solution: find the head vampire, slay him, and save Michael from his impending vampire fate. The end!

The collection industry is another dangerous place to call home. With all the laws and regulations governing the industry, it’s a wonder any of us make it through unscathed.

The key is to trust those who have been in town a while—like the frog brothers—and have made it their purpose to help protect innocent civilians.

You may think all the stories about agencies and businesses slapped with law suits and shut down are just that—stories. But Michael and Sam learned the hard way the horrors they thought only existed in imagination were real and walking around right in front of them.

Perhaps you’ve spotted one of the beasts below staking out your agency. Take some advice about protecting your company from someone who has been here a while and dealt with these demons before like the experts at IAT.

Have you been accused of

  • Multiple calls per day: Even though multiple accounts have the same primary phone number, SmartDial technology tracks whether the number has already been dialed that day and if so, it won’t be called again (unless you override it).
  • Contacting outside legal calling hours: Checking area codes for phone numbers before they are dialed is a good way to prevent violating legal calling hour regulations. SmartDial technology takes it one step further and also checks the account’s zip code.
  • Harassing language and threats: The first line of defense is to train your agents properly. But you also have to protect yourself against false claims. Record all calls so you have undeniable proof of what was actually said.
  • Third-party disclosure: If you choose to leave answering machine messages or other pre-recorded messages, make sure to follow the guidelines suggested by ACA International. Also, take advantage of right-party identification options.
  • Contacting cell phones with an auto dialer: Use IAT’s cell scrub, which includes options to mark certain cell numbers with “consent to call” as well as add any other number to your own “do not call” list.

The moral of the story is NEVER befriend a vampire—and ALWAYS protect yourself against the dangerous environment around you.


*This scary tale is taken from the movie The Lost Boys.


This article was written by Jenna Bowman