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Dealing With TelemarketersI just now got a call from a telemarketer. It was my first in a long time. I handled the call in the manner I usually do. I thought someone else might find my method useful.

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My method is quite simple. I listen to the sales pitch long enough to hear the instruction to press '1' to speak with a representative. I press '1', lay the phone down and walk away.

I don't get upset or angry. I don't engage in conversation with the party, asking them 'How did you get this number'? or 'I'm going to report this call'. At this point, I'm in control. I call the shots.

After I've laid the phone down, a representative attempts to speak with me. 'Hello, hello'. Hello, is anybody there? Hello?'. After a few frustrated attempts, the representative hangs up. I've walked away. I don't hear any of this. A moment later, what I do hear is the loud busy signal indicating the call has been disconnected. Then I go and replace the receiver on the cradle.

I started using this method a long time ago when I was receiving many telemarketing calls a week. It quickly reduced the number of calls to zero for long periods of time. Rarely do I get such a call any more.

My method is simple, saves my hair, puts me in control and leaves the caller frustrated to the point he/she will probably tell their super to remove my number from their calling list.

Oh! If you are given the option by the caller to press a number to be removed from the list, don't! That's interacting, exactly what they want, and you can be sure they wont remove your number. They will keep it and probably sell it to another firm.

Just lay the phone down and walk away.

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October 21, 20160 found this helpful

Good tips! I've been staying with my parents to help them out recently and realised that I love their cute way of dealing with the constant calls: they start talking to them playfully in really funny voices. It puts the callers off so much, it makes them go away. The added bonus is I get the biggest laugh out of watching them continue to be so playful at such an old age. It's like they invite the calls!

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October 21, 20160 found this helpful

Sounds as if your Mum and Dad are lots of fun. I bet they're still sweethearts.

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October 24, 20160 found this helpful

Just a tip. never press anything. Some scams want you to press a number, in order to acquire info.

consumerist.com/.../

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October 24, 20160 found this helpful

Get NOMOROBO for your landline, works with Comcast & others.

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October 25, 20160 found this helpful

I LOVE nomorobo! It works great and I especially appreciate it at election time.

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November 6, 20160 found this helpful

I also like to "play" with them. They go by a script, and if you vary from their script, they get very confused. I also connected with a "we can help you with your credit card" call. I do not and never have had a credit card, but the first thing they ask you is for your credit card number. DO NOT ever give them your credit card number as that is all they are really after. I told them that I had to get my purse to give them the number and laid the phone down for almost 5 minutes.

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I then told them that I could not find my purse...that it probably was in my car. They waited for another 5 minutes. At this point, I picked the phone up and said, "You know what! I just remembered that I don't have a credit card' But now I have wasted your time, just as you waste my time when you call.
surprisingly, they hung up on me!

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October 18, 20200 found this helpful

It was a very difficult Spring/Summer----deep down I had quite a few fustrations to deal with so......when the "Special Phone Calls" come in ....I let the computer say it's info & then I take a giant breathe and then....I SCREAM at the top of my longs until the air
is completely gone & then I hang up.....that's my answer!

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