Skip to comments.Sneaky Telemarketers
Posted on 01/15/2011 8:18:03 AM PST by tuffydoodle
Have telemarketers found a way around the do not call list? I have been getting calls from telemarketers where they always ask for the wrong name. When I reply that they have the wrong number, they say, "well, maybe you can help me." The first time it happened, I listened for a minute, wondering why this person on my phone would be asking a stranger for help. When I realized what they were up to, I simply hung up. I've had several calls since, with the caller using the same tactic. Anybody else have any experience with this scam?
The Do Not Call list does not require names, just phone numbers, so I don’t see how this is a workaround. The best workaround is a foreign company doing the calling.
Simple solution... don’t pick up the phone (assuming you have Caller ID) if you do not recognize the caller. If they really want to talk to you they will leave a message.
Do you have caller ID? If so, do you answer calls from names you do not recognize? That could be your first problem.
If I don’t recognize a caller’s name, or if it says “Unknown Caller” I lift the phone and hit on and off in that order very quickly.
Eliminates a lot of useless calls-—especially from politicians......as well as from people wanting to sell you something, or wanting you to donate to something, etc etc. Also, the caller can’t leave a recorded message.
My family and friends call me on my cell phone.
I try to let the poor person know their cell # has been hijacked. It's only happened a couple of times but is becoming more common.
The only problem with that is I have children in college and they sometimes will call using a school phone or friends phone. I’m always afraid to ignore a call in case it’s an emergency.
I have 2 phone lines, one goes to my property gate. I have no way of knowing if it’s someone at my gate or a phone call so I need to answer. Also, as I said before, with kids living in colleges out of town, they will sometimes call from unknown numbers and I’m afraid to miss an emergency call.
No but we have some ‘credit card’ protection company calling twice a week, sometimes twice a day, and it does no good to tell them to take you off the list. And we are on the Do NOT CALL list.
My auto mechanic lost his cell phone, so he got a new one while keeping the same number, and switched carriers. I got a phone call from his old phone! So I guess phone numbers aren’t that secure.
Buddy of mine worked out a good solution for when you get tricked into taking a telemarketing call. One of those little air horns they sell for use on boats. Most telemarketers wear headsets...
Our home phone is transferred to the cell phone...and hubby will answer any call. He does hang up on pols, and sales, charity he is beginning to ask if they are paid solicitors and to take us off the list.
I’d just hang up on all of them.
Have the number handy?
We are on the Do Not Call list yet “Cardholder Services” relentlessly calls. Of course it’s a recorded message, press “9” to speak with a customer service representative.
I press 9 and when I get a live human I tell them things I cannot post here.
Phone systems should have a password system where if you call the number you have to enter a password to make the phone ring, no password, no ring, hello voicemail.
That is a fabulous idea! How funny.
Some telemarketers are using various loopholes in the law (i.e. it’s OK to call someone with whom you have an “existing business relationship” and they stretch that to the breaking point).
Others are simply violating the law, and to heck with the consequences.
Very annoying and frustrating, but if I can’t ID and avoid the call beforehand and I end up on the line with one of ‘em I simply hang up immediately, and with ZERO guilt.
I installed that phone line for MY convenience and I pay the bill. I owe a stranger who calls me for a handout or a survey or a sale absolutely NOTHING, not even the courtesy of an explanation or listening to their pitch.
And as far as charities — Mrs. Tick and I give liberally, but we do NOT make our decisions on to whom to give based on cold phone calls. So I tell them that and hang up on them.
You can also check numbers on Who Called.US. LOTS of complaints.
Since you seemed to have already figured it out and obviously know what the solution is:
What exactly was your question again?
I’m just not getting any calls where they know me by name. They always ask for a different name and when I say they have the wrong number, it’s the same reply, “well, maybe you can help me.” No one else is having this happen? It’s happened to me 4 or 5 times in the last month.
read post 19.
the website charges money to look up a phone number...
I knew someone who loaded his revolver with blanks
Would squeeze off a few rounds into telephone to get rid
of annoying telemarketers......
The calls I have been getting lately are a bit different. They call on Monday and ask about my business hours. I give them the hours and Tuesday I get a call saying my phone skills are great and for a few hundred bucks I can buy in to some marketing company. (So I can start calling people and annoying them too)
You could also answer and act very interested, but say “....wait just a minute while I get a pen and paper”. Then lay the phone down and walk away. Come back a few minutes later and see if they’re still there..hehehe
Same happened to me. Once I realized it was a telemarketer, I toyed with her a little bit, then hung up.
Love it! Maybe just thinking they’ll be horned might give them cause to think about it. I know, wishful thinking.
Have you seen this guy messin’ with telemarketers? He’s a riot.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYHSvFWN44s
I have one of these, purchased 3 years ago and it works.
I have no affiliation with his company.
One word of advice, you must, connect it to your telephone “Demarc” which is the first tel “jack” that appears in your home. If you are not sure where the Demarc is located, call someone who wires houses or tel-co.
The only thing that gets by is “incoming call” on your caller ID
You also need an AC outlet near by.
any questions, PM me
hahahaha that’s a good one, too!
here’s another video (telemarketer revenge type)
I usually rely on the caller ID and don’t answer. When it gets really annoying, I will pick up and pretend that I can’t hear them. Saying Hello over their speil usually causes them to hang up.
Yea but I don't want to have to pay for the information........
Those little air horns are an excellent tool to slow an intruder down while you get to a weapon. Think in layers of response ... air horn, 25 foot wasp spray, .45 auto loader, shotgun with 2 and 4 duplex, 5.56 nato rounds concentrated on target. I foyu get to the last layer, you’re under siege and could use a few claymores you forgot to arm.
The real answer is caller ID AND an answering machine (NOT central voicemail) — you can listen to the caller leaving a message on your answering machine, while they are leaving the message, i.e. monitor it.
Let friends know that if they call from unfamiliar numbers or block their number to start leaving a message, then if you recognize them, you pick up.
Avoids running to the phone, just to find it’s a telemarketer and the annoyance of having to deal with them, and you don’t miss any calls you do want to answer.
If you recognize the number you pick up, if not, wait another minute to see if you recognize the person leaving the message, otherwise no need to pick up.
It works like a charm.
“I have no way of knowing if itâs someone at my gate or a phone call”
If you had caller ID, you would know whether someone is calling from the phone at your gate.
Oh great, now I’m stuck on youtube watching the telemarketer revenge videos. LOL That Tom Mabe one is classic.
Try this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pw9ZbjSvdxs&NR=1
We only have caller ID on line one, not the gate line. The telemarketers are using my gate line. But I was actually only asking if anyone else was getting these types of solicitor calls where they act like they have the wrong number.
My phone has Call Blocker. I add the offending phone numbers to my Call Blocker List and whenever they call they hear the phone ring once, then a busy signal and then the phone automatically hangs up. On my end it rings once and on the screen it says “Caller Blocked.”
You can find out without paying. Just type in Area Code-—in your search box. I always find one that says “Did you receive a phone call from -—?” There is a place to put the number - you don’t always find what it is, but there is usually some discussion, other people who’ve received th same call, and you’ll almost always get your answer.
By the way, hanging up does no good. Most marketing software gives the caller three choices - Continue, Schedule callback, or Refused. Hanging up is not viewed as refused - until you say the word no to them, they will continue to call.
Wouldn’t that defeat the purpose of the call? If I got a call from a salesman using a hijacked number, I’d slam down the phone so fast and I’d never do business with them and their company would remain firmly etched in my memory.
It sounds more like a bill collector trying to catch up with a dead beat that gave out your number on a credit app.
Got rid of the house phone about 2 years ago and just use my cell. Haven’t had a solicitor since.
It’s not a bill collector, I’ve listened to them long enough to know that they aren’t collecting.
I label any telemarketing call as a “Z” on my cell phone and never answer them again. You can also block a list of
numbers from ever calling you again on many cell provider
log in sites. I got rid of my land line years ago.
I did the same but made the mistake of keeping same number on my new cell. It wasn't until I decided to get my number changed that the calls stopped.
As a side note, I tracked down a telemarketer's number on the internet to a site where many folks were complaining about the calls. Someone there had managed to track the bogus company to some guy in florida who's been responsible for a number of scams and they even listed his current company, the phone number and his home address........LOL!
The remedy I use for telemarketers is this: “I’m sorry... Can you hold on just a moment?” Then I put the phone down and forget about it. Later on I’ll remember to go back and hang it up, but in the meantime I feel good knowing I wasted at least a little of their time and temporarily tied up one of their lines.
I got magic jack this year and I get to keep the phone number wherever I go. It’s one of the selling points.
If you move, you just pack up your jack and plug it back in once you have your computer set up. It should work fine.
The only thing is you have to let the 911 feature know your new address.
When I attempt to return call in the evening after work, using the number on my caller id... I receive a "cannot connect" type message... basically there's a call block not allowing the donation company's call center to receive calls (they can only make outgoing calls). Therefore I have to be home and actually answer the phone to tell them "take my number off the list."
I hate these companies... I wish a Mt. Etna-type volcano would open up under the call centers and melt them away.
Well—it looks like you have to take all calls..........We have 5 kids and 11 grandkids, all of whom have our cell numbers, so we don’t have your problem.