Grrr...so tired of getting sales calls on my phone

  • metta

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    Jul 05, 2015 5:26 PM GMT
    I have tried everything...the government's do not call list, asking them nicely to remove my name. They always say they will but they keep calling back. I eventually tried lying to them by telling them I don't need home improvements because I'm a renter. The last guy I told him that I was homeless. I have even tried swearing at them.

    I was thinking about acting like they are one of those sex lines that some people used to call. But I don't feel comfortable actually doing that.

    How do you get rid of them? I'm thinking the only other option is to change my phone number. It is just that is going to be a pain letting everyone know and having the front gate changed.
  • metta

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    Jul 05, 2015 5:30 PM GMT
    Maybe what I should do is make appointments with them and give them a fake address. But that is not going to stop them from calling.
  • metta

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    Jul 05, 2015 5:31 PM GMT
    Oh my gosh...what if I get a fog horn and blow it in the phone every time they call?

    I'm really kind of pissed at these people...some of them have been calling for years. Some more than once a day. (not every day)
  • ThatSwimmerGu...

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    Jul 05, 2015 5:37 PM GMT
    don't answer them. Also just added it to your blacklist unless you use an iShit device.
  • metta

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    Jul 05, 2015 5:38 PM GMT
    ThatSwimmerGuy93 saiddon't answer them. Also just added it to your blacklist unless you use an iShit device.


    Its my landline. I have to have it because it is tied to the front gate.
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    Jul 05, 2015 5:58 PM GMT
    I cut the land line years ago. The volume of land line calls I received was insane.

    Government no call list reduced but did not stop.

    Now I give my personal phone number out to nearly no one but family and trusted friends and associates as required.

    But if you need, say, a number to advertise something for sale or to rent out a unit you own, you can do a temp number for that period of time. No reason to compromise your personal phone number.

    Very few businesses have my number. I'll give it to my bank or whatever I deem essential that they might want to contact me but not for any delivery, certainly not on any internet orders, etc.

    On those I fill in a fake number, usually the same one in case I need it for ID later. There's no reason for them to have my number. If they don't deliver or deliver a wrong product, I can call them.
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    Jul 05, 2015 6:30 PM GMT
    Apparently there are "call blockers" for this which you can get on Amazon (seems like $40-50 for the low end is still pretty steep though icon_confused.gif)

    Sometimes I just leave the phone off the hook once I'm connected. It's stupid, but when it becomes apparent you're planning to waste their time, sometimes the scammers suddenly realize there are easier targets.

    Of course there's always

    https://complaints.donotcall.gov/complaint/complaintcheck.aspx

    but that assumes they're not faking their return number. If you insist on not talking to them unless *you* call *them* you can be sure you have a valid number (which may also discourage them from calling you again).

    Oh, and google their number regardless. You may be able to indirectly find enough information to report the violation that way.
  • metta

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    Jul 05, 2015 6:40 PM GMT
    ^
    That call blocker thing sounds like a good idea. The best selling one is $85. I probably need to get caller ID for that to work. The phone company charges $11.99/mo ($143.88/yr) for that. I don't think that I should have to spend that much to get them to stop calling me. But it might be worth it.

    I'm on the Do Not Call list....and have been since that thing started. I think the air horn might be the cheapest option.
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    Jul 05, 2015 6:41 PM GMT
    Agreed, but if you don't have CID already, you might be able to use it temporarily to report all your violations; if the calls go away after that, maybe you can just cancel the service until they come back (which is hopefully never).
  • metta

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    Jul 05, 2015 6:53 PM GMT
    ^
    That's a good idea. Thanks!
  • toybrian

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    Jul 05, 2015 8:45 PM GMT
    I get that also and have not answered if I do not know the number but if I do answer and a Salwa call or won a Cruise then write it down so not to answer again or do the same thing and ask them not to call..After 4 other calls I answer it and tell them that if they continue that they will hear from my lawyer since I asked them not to...HARASSMENT and can cost them money....it has been working so far...
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    Jul 05, 2015 9:40 PM GMT
    I let them finish their sales pitch and then ask then if I can get on their no call list. if I miss their call I will even call them back and wait for a rep then ask to get on their no call list. I don't get very many anymore except for home security systems. and that's once in a blue moon. good luck. btw the devices don't work. my dad got one back in the 90's never worked.. maybe they are good now... not sure I wouldn't spend 85 bucks on one.
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    Jul 05, 2015 10:45 PM GMT
    yeah the cruise line stuff is super annoying. and what is funny is when you google for their company, the first couple of things that pop up are all scam related.

    i used to get a lot of calls about refinancing my mortgage. i finally just said i don't own property anymore and no longer got any calls.
  • FRE0

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    Jul 05, 2015 11:09 PM GMT
    When people call my number, they get a recording provided by the telephone company. The recording states that my number does not accept solicitations and that anyone calling to solidity should immediately hang up. It seems to work; I now get few such calls. Whether all telephone companies provide that service I don't know.

    I've noticed that when answering a junk call, it takes a while for the caller to respond. Therefore, if I say "hello" twice quickly and there is no response, I immediately hang up.
  • mybud

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    Jul 05, 2015 11:14 PM GMT
    metta8 said
    ThatSwimmerGuy93 saiddon't answer them. Also just added it to your blacklist unless you use an iShit device.


    Its my landline. I have to have it because it is tied to the front gate.
    I'd be pissed too...It's constantly ringing and you having to go out to the front gate to answer it..You said it's tied to that gate right? Well, whatever you do don't do anything to disgrace yo last week's MOTD title....
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    Jul 05, 2015 11:28 PM GMT
    good security measure;
    change your phone# every few years.
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    Jul 05, 2015 11:29 PM GMT
    metta8 saidHow do you get rid of them?
    I just don't answer calls from numbers that I don't know.
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    Jul 06, 2015 12:52 AM GMT
    I don't have a land line... but I was getting a ton of spam calls on my cell phone.

    I used a recording of a fax machine as my voicemail message. Most call bots will remove a number from a list if it answers like a fax machine.
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    Jul 06, 2015 1:03 AM GMT
    Telemarketing is illegal. I threaten with a law suit and they drop me fast. I also have block features on my phone.

    It's the CC companies and other institutions who sell your info. Read the latest privacy disclosure information. You'll be shocked!!

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    https://www.privacyrights.org/topics/12
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    Jul 06, 2015 1:06 AM GMT
    Telemarketers get around the Do Not Call List by contracting to offshore call centers.
  • LEANDRO_NJ

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    Jul 06, 2015 1:19 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    metta8 saidHow do you get rid of them?
    I just don't answer calls from numbers that I don't know.


    Ditto! I do the same. Changing your phone number every few years is also a good idea; although eventually the telemarketers will catch up with you anyway. The best bet is to not answer the phone of numbers you don't know!!!
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    Jul 06, 2015 1:28 AM GMT
    If you do change your number, you can port it to Google Voice and redirect it to your new one so your known contacts can still get through. That also gives you the option of using Google to do your filtering/blocking:

    https://support.google.com/voice/answer/115089?hl=en

    I also realized after the previous CID exchange that you should be able to just use your phone bill to find the numbers to report DNC violations without having to shell out an extra $12/mo.
  • Apparition

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    Jul 06, 2015 1:41 AM GMT
    the first company that offers phone service that you need to PAY an amount to connect before the phone rings, and enter a credit card number (for say 9.99$ a minute, unless you are on the approved list, or the receiver presses * after connection to make it a free call, is going to make a trillion dollars the first year. I dont know why this doesnt exist yet. EVERYONE would have it.Telemarketing would go extinct day one.
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    Jul 06, 2015 1:45 AM GMT
    Telemarketers use automatic diallers that cycle through every possible phone number, so changing your number won't help. And the "Do Not Call" list is basically useless. If you have the time, play with them. Sometimes I'll say "just a minute" and then just put the phone down. Other times I'll pretend I don't speak English. Sometimes I'll just drag on the conversation as long as I can before they realize I'm just wasting their time. The best is to have a rape whistle beside your phone and just blow it into the mouthpiece. Wear ear plugs before you try that one.
  • metta

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    Jul 06, 2015 2:12 AM GMT
    mybud said
    metta8 said
    ThatSwimmerGuy93 saiddon't answer them. Also just added it to your blacklist unless you use an iShit device.


    Its my landline. I have to have it because it is tied to the front gate.
    I'd be pissed too...It's constantly ringing and you having to go out to the front gate to answer it..You said it's tied to that gate right? Well, whatever you do don't do anything to disgrace yo last week's MOTD title....



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