Skip to comments.Telmarketing phonecalls on cell phone
Posted on 01/07/2014 9:07:16 PM PST by notpoliticallycorewrecked
Okay, so we have our phone listed on the Do Not Call list including the cell phone. My husbands cell phone keeps getting a call from a number we don't recognize so we don't answer it. After several calls tonight I do a reverse look-up. Sure enough this phone is from NYC and has numerous comlaints listed again it as telmarketing. I have had the phone nuxt to me for about 1 1/2 hours. This person has now called this phone 9 times. At what point does this constitute harrasment?
Its Algore trying to sell you a vacation to somewhere warmer...
like the South Pole
Just ignore or unload a crock pot full of expletives in his direction ... might work. I have found that if you ignore them they will eventually go away ... they can’t make money calling a number that will not answer.
I don’t know how to do it, but I have read there is a way to block specific numbers. Try googling it.
Take the call but tell him right away you’re in the bathroom and are suffering from terrible diarrhea, and to please excuse any rude noises or distractions if you don’t answer his questions
There is a way — in your phone preferences somewhere, mine is under “calls” you can find “call rejection” or something along those lines where you can put a number in there and the phone will reject it — you can even set a “rejection message” — you can say anything, such as the owner moved to Timbuktu, to “this phone is no longer in service” — it will only be played if someone calls you from the particular number you entered on your rejection list.
I had a similar problem and I think I found this advice on the web and was able to find the settings on my phone and followed the above advice/instructions and have not been bothered.
Some years back I had fun with by using a “Jerky Boy” routine on a spam caller. I went full retard and then finally said I had to ask my mom if I could buy whatever the guy was trying to sell. It was fun....
On a more vulgar route, you could try the Danny deVito “Ruthless People’ routine and say that “Linda” can’t come to the phone because my $#@( is in her mouth.
Any which route, have fun and let your frustrations go...
Depends on your cell phone. Smartphones let you block such numbers with ease.
You might want to answer it, just in case it’s a bill collector for an account you don’t have, which means your ID has been stolen.
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Download the ringtone called “silence”
Make that the ringtone for any numbers that you do not want to be bothered with. Delete the calls every few days or so. I use it also to temporarily block out numbers I would normally answer if I don’t want the “Guilt Trip” of hearing the call and not picking up. :-)
Thank you for the suggestions. Well some of them LOL
This has worked for me
Blocks out about 90% of the calls I used to get.
Document the calls...send a certified letter to be removed, then sue them in small claims court each successive time they call. You can collect the maximum small claims your local court allows for each call after reasonable attempts to notify the business that you want to be removed.
Collecting is another matter, but not impossible.
most droid phones give you the option of dumping a call or sending it right to VM. You will have to put them in your phone book for these options. at the least you can set a custom ring tone (NONE works well) for them so it does not bug you. at some point, they should give up.
Also, let your carrier know about it. They should follow up on their end with it as well.
Remember that the people who work as the callers are not allowed to hang up on you. Answer the call with the phone plugged into the charger. Then politely say; “Can you excuse me a moment? I need to turn off my oven”
Put the phone down and then watch TV or read for an hour. Pick the phone up and ask; “Are you still there sweetie?” If they are say; “I’ll be right back” and read another hour.
If they are calling you after office hours there may not be a supervisor there to give them permission to hang up.
Not only will that number never call you again you will tie up an employee of the telemarketing company for a long time.
Have your husband answer the phone in his best low-octave monotone voice, “Special Agent Johnson”.
If they don’t hang up immediately, just make sure he’s rehearsed something akin to the following:
“Sir (or ma’am), this is an official interagency line. Do I need to suggest you delete this number from your system or do I need to pull a trace?”
This and similar advice has ALWAYS caused harassing calls to cease to those I give the advice. Key note: Never identify yourself as an agent of any existing agency...that’s something that can get you into trouble. A good ‘fake’ gives ‘just enough’; don’t make it too detailed.
The laws aren’t enforced.
Whenever a telemarketer calls, Insist that the subject of the conversation ail be Jesus Christ. Believe me that will stop them from calling you again.
I used to get phone calls where the caller ID said “California”. I looked up the number and there were many complaints about it. Apparently it was from some studio in CA. One night that number called again. I let it ring then redialed it. An elderly voice answered. Turns out she was dialing her son’s phone number and hit the wrong button.
A few years back a number kept on calling. Finally I picked up, it was a woman calling her daughter. I explained to her the mistake. Problem is, she always kept on miss dialing to the point of being annoying. One day I picked up the phone and before she could say anything, I told her to be patient, her husband just left and will be home in five minutes. She never called again.
Moral of the story is, you just never know who is calling. It’s not always a telemarketer.
While gay marrage is legal in Minnesota, my wife is female ;)
I gathered that. I'm on the state do not call list, the federal DNC list. My home and cell phone are on it, yet I still get plagued.
If you google the numbers they originate from REALLY obscure locations like rural North Dakota, or high desert California.
These people are snakes.
I've given up trying to get them to leave me alone.
Screaming, preaching, etc. doesn't work.
The only advice I can give is do NOT answer the phone. Ever.
Because it is usually a robocaller, and once they know they have a live one, they'll call back, with a real "salesperson".
Yes it works. Me Nana called. I was stunned, to say the least, since she passed on going on eight years now. Dreading the worst, I picked up the call -but it was some bloody hindi-type with a truly dreadful accent that responded!
Play it My way: simply ignore it. Sooner or later they will eventually make a note that the number is completely "Non-Responsive" and leave off.
I keep my phone turned off most of the time.
Ehrmmm... I'm going to take a wild guess here and say that you must be a female.
Since a male saying that would... be somewhat problematical, to say the least.
According to the "law" (cough) a telemarketer needs to reveal their ID number when they call.
When I see "Unknown number" or 000-000-0000 incoming, I just ignore.
No good can come out of answering.
O/T, but I've always wanted to meet an actual person who has bought something from a telemarketer.
Their IQ must be staggeringly low.
Or the person must be severely demented.
Either way, pathetic and sad.
? Did you respond to the right post, mate?
Our phone allows you to block numbers, but it is filled and can’t add anymore. Panasonic remotes.
Best I’ve ever heard? Answer like this - takes time, but gets them:
“This is sargeant Matthews with the (name your locality) Police Dept. We are at a crime scene where a person has just been murdered and we are conducting an investigation. By law you have to answer any and all of my questions immediately.
First, I need your full name, social security number, and the reason you are calling this number. .....(wait for answer). I also need your home phone number and personal address. Now, I need the company name, address, and phone number of the company you are working for. Any incorrect answers to my questions can result in your imprisonment for committing pergury.... (and so on - keep them on the phone for as long as you want....)”
I did it once and it was a blast. The person on the other end was scared to death - and probably quit their job that day.......I guess that was mean of me.........
Right, I know I am supposed to be asleep already -but your post has pretty much made that impossible for the immediate future!
That is bloody hysterical! I really need to write that down and play a prank on several telemarketing 0-Bung'oles that simply will not stop calling!
Thank you so very much for the 'nonexistent' scenario, LOL!
“Either way, pathetic and sad.”
Years ago the credit card people would be making the calls trying to get business. My brother, with some spare time, answered.
“A free credit card! That’s great. Except I already have two that I am over on. Can I still get yours?”
“I can!? Cool. ‘Cuz I was looking at getting a new T.V. set. Can I buy a T.V. with it?”
“I can!? Great. Now I won’t be able to pay it back right away. What is the minimum payment?”
After some-such he laid into the person saying they were terrible, only leading such a person (and there are MANY) further and further into debt. And that they should be ashamed of themselves, etc. Really ranting on the poor sod on the other end of the line.
” Hi, this is ‘so and so’ and I have put you on my call rejection list.... So go frick yourself and have a nice day” CLICK.
That should do the trick.
“Insist that the subject of the conversation ail be Jesus Christ.”
That is good, kind of turning the tables on them, they want to tell you the good news about their product, but you need to tell them about the good news of Jesus Christ - I could see how that would work. And hey, there’s no harm in it.
The number you set into your phone system is 202 813 1600
I tried calling it and it is busy
Better Business Bureau has no rating for this company
The obama administration has made me very paranoid
I use Comcast for voice and internet (the only one available to me)
The phone number I cited may be only for Comcast users
Personally I use an enraged Arabic type of voice when I know it's a telemarketer. I start saying "you givie me free stuff you givie me free stuff?" then I start talking much faster in gibberish and more and more excited. Usually in under 20 seconds they hang up and don't call back. LOL.
I have noticed one thing. If you place your number on the Do Not Call List about every six months the calls drastically fall off. Most telemarketing calls are Robocalls. A machine calls making an announcement or the machine connects you to a sales rep you didn't ask to be connected to.
My ID wasn’t stolen but there is a woman out there who uses my phone number to get loans and credit cards. Joanne Webbley is a frequent name I hear when bill collectors call. I’ve had my number for 6 years now and I still get calls for her.
My answering message says my name but they still leave a message looking for her.
I rag on them and ask why in the world would they give out a loan and not verify an address or phone number. Then they hang up.
Back BEFORE the “Do-Not-Call” list days, and when I was single, I shared a rented townhouse with two other guys.
We kept getting, for some reason, calls from this vendor in vinyl doors and windows. Somehow, they coudn’t wrap their heads around the fact that we lived in a rental development.
Finally, sick of the near-daily calls, my housemate engaged in an hour-plus conversation, getting every tiny detail about the doors and windows, down to size, type, and color. The caller was chomping at the bit to set the appointment for this obvious big sale.
And then the roomie told the guy, ok, before we set the appointment, I want to make sure this will meet my every need, so I have one more question to ask.
The caller agreed, and asked for the final question.
“Does it come with pickles” ??
The caller boggled. “Pickles, sir ? These are vinyl doors and windows. . .pickles have nothing to do with it.”.
“Well, if there are no pickles. . . I’m not interested. And hung up. Time elapsed, well over an hour.
They never called us again. . .
1. They are using an autodialer.
2. They are also using caller ID spoofing. Upchuck Schumer called for legislation to make this illegal. That might be the only thing I may agree with him.
3. They are calling from overseas.
All this is how they “get around” the Telephone Consumers Protection Act. The worst offenders are the infamous “Rachel from Cardholder Services” (she has important information about your account!) and news that your car warranty is about to expire (right,3 months after I bought a new Toyota).
The calls typically come during office hours, otherwise I am sorely tempted to do my gangsta imitation with language NSFW. What I might do in the future then is throw back a sales pitch for Brawndo. It’s got electrolytes!
Pull the Tom Mabe act.
I don’t answer a number I don’t recognize.
Occasionally, I forget and actually answer the phone in a case like this. Then I start meowing into the phone. I can do a pretty good cat impression.
They're already breaking the law, why would they worry about hanging up on you? I remember one time when "Rachel" called me about my credit card interest rates. I hit the button to talk to a human, and a guy answered. I started to tell him about my sexual fantasies about "Rachel", and he immediately hung up.
Ah, thanks for the tip! I placed our numbers on the Do Not Call list years ago, but it doesn’t work any more......so, you have to do it repeatedly? And in nor more than 6 months? Gonna do that today!
Yeah, I got it from the same DJ......
Here's the index of the forum topics: http://800notes.com/forum/
The site's primary purpose is to act as a searchable database of spam/scam callers, with info on such vermin submitted by folks being harassed by same.
Lots of good info re current state of the art in phone technology, call blocking technology, etc .. also helpful is seeing that you're not alone in your frustration.
In my experience/opinion, the various 'do not call' registeries are typical govzilla clusterflukes.
If you're serious about nuking the spammers/scammers, you'll need to research and choose a hardware and/or software weapon to combat them.
800notes is an excellent place to start educating yourself as to options.
Googling anything is supporting the enemy. BING it.
Call your cell phone provider and have them block it.
A number of years ago, I got a tele-marketing call for replacement windows. This was pre-Do-not-call times. I was nice, but insistent that I wasn’t interested. The guy was so polite, and practically begged me to let him yammer for a few minutes because he’d get credit with his boss. I sensed an opportunity, and agreed. As he prattled on about his probably non-existent/worthless windows, I mixed in a few personal questions (Like the job? Easy to get to? etc.) hoping for a gem. He foolishly told me he lived near the place, close enough to walk to work. [MINE!!! MINE!!! I own you!!!] I casually asked what town he was in, he told me Southfield (Detroit suburb, about 2 hours from my home at the time) and even threw in that there was a K-Mart right near him. I heard the trap snap shut, told him I knew that neighborhood well. Described the plaza. “Yeah, that one,’ he says, like I’m his best friend and I’m meeting him at the bar.
Because I’m a cold-hearted, ruthless person when it comes to telemarketers, I calmly asked, “Do you have any...daughters?” Dead silence, then a click. Even the wife found this horrifically funny. I’ll bet he looked over his shoulder for quite a while.
It was over 5 years before I got another telemarketing call.
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