Skip to comments.(Vanity) Need help with overwhelming JUNK phone calls on land line.
Posted on 01/03/2013 7:29:53 AM PST by Mamzelle
I need to keep my land line, but I'm about ready to turn the ringer off which means real calls won't get my attention. This all really started at the change of the year, and may have something to do with the small political donations. Maybe. I don't know. But it starts in the morning and ends in the early evening. One is particular is GE Capital and I do absolutely no business with them.
I went throught the "don't call" years ago.
Anyone else experiencing this?
We got a new number last year and we get on the average 5-6 calls a day from bill collectors targeting someone who I assume had the number before us. No matter how many times we tell them they don’t own this number or email them we still get calls. I have gotten to where if they don’t call my cell I don’t answer.
Two months back, I started telling callers that I am on “do not call” list, now I will report your company name to State AG. Then one caller told me, you may need to update your telephone no on “do not call list” and I did. After that, till now, zero calls for google list or GE or magazine subscription.
I have looked up the do not call place but I am always very leary of clicking on a dot-gov address. I was hoping to find out all I could before I had to do that. Going to any dot-gov gives me the willies...
To fight back is a pain, but we are suppose to renew with DC every five years, and get caller numbers when we can and turn them in to Don’t Call. (I know the culprits change numbers like socks.)
Read where one poster tells them to call Santa Barry for money and business. They elected him.
We need to google up some articles on unso. licitedphone calls for the latest. Ping me if you learn anything
I don't like being rude but honestly, you end up being rude.....
I’ve tried several methods to get rid of the calls, since the National Do Not Call list is generally ineffective (hey, it’s run by the government.)
The least effective method is answering the phone or calling the number they want you to call. This tells the scammers/spammers that you are home and answer the phone which is exactly what they are looking for. Using this method will lead to a vast increase in annoying calls.
In my experience, the best method is to get caller ID and don’t answer the phone if you don’t know who is calling. Make sure you turn off the answering machine as well. Most of these robodialing spammers/scammers have automated systems that will eventually consider the number useless if they never get an answer. Using this method, my spam/scam calls went from several daily down to a couple per month in just 6 month’s time.
Hope this helps.
One of the latest scams involves calls from prisoners. You answer the phone and hear some completely unintelligible mumbling, and then a voice comes on and tells you that this is a call form some jail or the other, and if you want to answer it will cost you at least $5. And they will persist for days before finally giving up.
Do like I do,
Yes Mr $#@^@^ is home, All I need from you is a Valid Credit Card to put you through to him, the cost is $85 for the first 5 minutes and $2 per minute or portion thereof after 5 minutes. That usually makes them Hang Up.
IIRC, the national Do Not Call registry is not forever and you have to renew it like every 3-5 years. First thing is to re-register (even if they aren’t expired) then politely but firmly tell each caller that they are violating the Do Not Call registry act and you will report them if you are called again. If a phone number displays on your Caller ID, tell them you are making note of the number displayed. DO NOT EVER call them back or you will give them the excuse that you invited their contact.
If you are low tech, a last resort is to buy one of those old answering machines (not voice mail) that plays the call as they leave the message and screen for calls you may want to answer. Don’t know who sells them but they were big sellers about 20-30 years ago.
My only issues are with Verizon. They call me at least five times per week trying to upsell me on internet packages. And they are my current phone and net provider, so Do Not Call list has no effect on them. (and since my alternative is Comcast, I’m damn well not switching)
Things I have done in the past...
1) If you have toddlers, simply hand the phone to them...
2) Pretend you are hard of hearing, and keep asking them to speak louder... when they start yelling ( and the people in the cubes around them get real quiet ) laugh hysterically and hang up.
3) Tell them business hours are monday thru friday, 9 am to 5 pm, and to call you back then.
4) Make up your own language, and speak that language to them.
5) Tell them to speak english, even if they are.
6) Just set the phone down on the counter, and go back every 5 minutes until they hang up.
these will at least allow you to have a little fun
Set your answering device on 6 rings most will drop off at 4 rings if a solicitation, If it’s someone you want to talk to pick up the phone before the tape starts recording.
I haven't called any numbers back, though I've been tempted. Thanks for that advice, I didn't know it would make the harassment worse.
You that tone you get when you call a number thats been disconnected? Put that into your answering machine. When the robocallers hear that they think the numbers been disconnected and will remove you from their database.
I had the same problem with my internet provider. After I told them I would cancel my account the next time they called me with another “exciting offer” they stopped calling. I’ve used this method successfully with several other companies I do business with. They don’t want to lose your business.
an answering machine helps or answer and use very loud whistle , LOL
I have the Black Box from Person-to-Person, works fullproof.
go to www.Person-to-Person.net.
We gave up & just unplugged our land line (It drops calls all the time, anyway)
But I had this bookmarked & it’s too funny not to share.
The video on page 2 is priceless.
Someone interrupts YOUR life by calling YOUR phone, on YOUR line, in YOUR home, on YOUR time, to do THEIR business and YOU are worried about being rude?!?!?!
Do not call list is as effective
as the do not rob list for banks.
Cancel the land line. Get an iPhone ,
Jailbreak it, then install iblacklist.
I’m stuck using iPhone until some one comes up with a comparable app for android.
If you can find an old fax machine record a tone sequence onto your phone and play it back to your answering machine message.
Get an answering machine. Solicitors generally won’t leave a message. Turn off your ringer. Check your answering machine according to the importance you place on phone calls. I generally just erase them every few months so the memory full light goes off.
Had this problem....anyone that really knows me calls the cell.
When I had the landline, I also had an answering machine. I told any friends/relatives that, if they called, to say something when it answered, because I would not pick up otherwise.
I used the answering machine as a filter. It worked pretty well.
My worst offender was MY telephone company. During a 4-day period, I got 4 sales calls from them. One caller even called twice, because I recognized his voice. I called the Customer Service number and chewed them out. I told the agent I was on DO NOT CALL — and that meant THE PHONE COMPANY too. She removed me from the ‘active’ list.
I now use a pre-paid cell phone exclusively. I occasionally get a sales call or text ad. Frequently, if I do not recognize the number or area code, I select IGNORE.
We had two persistent callers that we had no clue what business they were with. I made a note of the numbers and started answering in German. That ended the calls after the second episode.
Land line? I’m on the cell phone Do Not Call list and I get 2-4 junk calls every day.
Press # once, then immediately press # again and HOLD. The caller will receive a loud ringing in their ear, and if it is a Robo call will be broken at once.
Just keep it up until they give up.
My wife updates our “do not call” list at least every other month — when we start getting calls again.
She also tells them that we live in a “Do Not Call State” and requests that we be removed from call lists. Since you can put as many as 3 numbers on the do not call request each time, she also puts our cell numbers on it.
The telemarketing calls stop immediately. I think the web site is
Even though the web site says this is a permanent “fix” don’t believe it. It needs renewing regularly. But it does work.
She also has a web site somewhere that you can put your address on and it will slow down the junk mail you receive.
You do need to know, though, that if you respond to any of those requests for “votes” — whether on the air or by phone, we’re told that you create the “significant” relationship such that advertisers on the web site that’s requesting you to vote can get at you if you put your phone number into the fill-in of personal information. That means, if I interpret it right, that any advertiser with whom you have a “significant” relationship can keep calling you and they are within their “rights” to bug (call) you.
Haven’t been able to verify that last part though, but we don’t participate in those online polls anyway.
That video is absolutely hilarious! Loved it. TFS
Hire Tom Mabe?
Try plugging this recording in your answering machine, LOL:
When I had the landline, some times I would say, ‘Hold on a minute ... ‘
Put the phone down and walk away. Eventually, I would hear the ‘phone off the hook’ tone and hang up the receiver.
Other times, as soon as they started their sales spiel, I would interrupt with “not interesting, thank you, bye” and hang up before they could continue.
I went throught the “don’t call” years ago.
I think DNC has to be renewed every so many years. Not sure but maybe someone else knows.
Glad you enjoyed it!
Did I mention Dollar Tree now carries compressed air horns?
Note regarding ISP or Telephone Co calls:
If they continually call, don’t complain to the caller. That person is usually just a hired dialer who has a list of number to call. If you complain to them, they will just note it and continue on.
Instead, call the Customer Service number and complain directly to them. Insist that you be removed from THEIR sales calls lists.
I sometimes unplug the phone, then just use it for FAX and voice-mail. It really pi$$es me off.
Process for eliminating a large number of junk calls:
#1 - call a number that is disconnected and no longer in service. Record the tone that you hear when you connect to the recording.
#2 - record your home message service with that tone as the very first sound. Wait two seconds (a must) and then record your message normally.
#3 - Tell your family and friends that you are going to be screening your calls for the next couple of weeks due to the volume of junk calls
#4 - Let every single call go to your answering machine
Panasonic (and some other) phones have a Call Block feature. We’ve been overwhelmed with political calls and have found this feature to be very useful.
we get a lot too
I'm doing that.
With unknown numbers I answer the phone with the following: “Attoney General’s Office. Can I have your name and address?”
I’ve been successful reducing the number of calls.
I did this on my office phone for the last couple years, I now only get 1 or 2 calls per 6 month period.
That's a good point, but in my case my ISP is so small they use their own sales people.
My ISP has called me once in the last 4 years or so and that was to tell me that my cable modem was periodically malfunctioning (it was) and needed to be replaced. Even then, they made no attempt to sell me new services (cable TV, internet phone) or upgrades.
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