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Old 02-22-2010, 07:23 AM   #21
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I have a three-part response.

At the first opportunity, I state "I don't make any financial transactions over the phone. If you want to mail me your information, that will be fine. Please don't ever call this number again."
Needless to say, if they ask for my mailing address, I tell them to get it the same place they got my phone number.

Second, I make note (from the Caller ID on my phone) of their phone number (if shown) and file a complaint at donotcall.gov where they (hopefully) will be subject to a fine.

Third, my landline phone system has a "caller block" feature, where I can put in the offending phone number and they will never again be able to get through to me.
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Old 02-22-2010, 07:27 AM   #22
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I tell them I will make a donation if they will send me complete information on their organization including what percentage of donations goes to the cause they are soliciting for. They usually hang up after that.
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Like others here, I have lost patience with these annoying people. I now tell them, "I am on the do-not-call list, please stop calling me!" However, I still get calls from the same people, so they don't always tend to abide by that. These people need to be reported because they can be fined, and pretty heavily.

The ones I get repeat calls from are:

Police Conference of New York
Disabled Veterans
Disabled Firefighters
Breast Cancer

I can tell these are Boiler Room operations because I can hear in the background the voices of other people giving sales pitches.

A few things I do to counteract these calls:

(1) If I hear some silence after I say Hello, I hang up right away. Often, a computer makes the calls and the actual person doesn't come on the line right away. I hate that dead time and have stopped several unsolicited calls that way.

(2) If the call is a recorded voice, I push the # button (or is it the * button?) a few times. That supposedly confuses the computer and makes it think the number it dialed does not work.

I am just sooooo sick of these people interrupting my meals or my naps.
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Old 02-22-2010, 08:22 AM   #24
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I don't usually even bother with the courtesy of not hanging up on them. If I have an existing giving relationship with a charity, I tell them they'll get nothing from from me if they keep calling.

I detest telemarketing.
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As with RonBoyd I simply make no response and hang up if I don't look at the caller ID first. We have a telephone in our home for our convenience, not as a sales/donation solicitation tool for parasitic vermin.
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I dislike all these calls, but I dislike the calls in support of politician even more. Just another example of them exempting themselves from the rules they make for others to play by. If it is a political call, I tell them if 'I receive another call from your client I will vote against them'. For others I tell the to put me on their do not call list.
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you could probably stop them in their tracks if you asked them in a low, breathy voice:

"I'm really glad you called. What are you wearing right now?..."
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you could probably stop them in their tracks if you asked them in a low, breathy voice:

"I'm really glad you called. What are you wearing right now?..."
Nope...that doesn't work....
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1) Caller ID showed the number as "unavailable"

2) The call happened late at night (about 8:45 pm)


...When I said, no, I can't afford it, she said no problem, the donation would only be $15, and is tax deductible...
The caller ID I have either flags the caller as "Unavailable" or "Out of Area". Either way it tells me it is a telemarketer and I do not answer. I just let the answer machine screen the calls.
Unless they indicate that there is a convenient credit card payment method, or ask you to put a personal check in your postal mailbox or front door for pickup for your contribution, the call was probably legit.
But always unwanted, as far as I'm concerned.
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The caller ID I have either flags the caller as "Unavailable" or "Out of Area". Either way it tells me it is a telemarketer and I do not answer. I just let the answer machine screen the calls.
If I don't recognize who it is on caller ID, I almost never pick up. If it's someone I know (but caller ID doesn't show that), they can start leaving a message for me and I'll pick up.
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I think you gotta have a little fun. If I do get stuck on a call like that, I tell them I'm really interested and ask if they can hold for a sec. Then I hang up. It wastes a lot of their time. I also like to shred credit card applications and put them into the return envelope so they have to pay return postage.
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I think you gotta have a little fun. If I do get stuck on a call like that, I tell them I'm really interested and ask if they can hold for a sec. Then I hang up. It wastes a lot of their time. I also like to shred credit card applications and put them into the return envelope so they have to pay return postage.
I do the return envelope thing for all sorts of junk mail. They should consider themselves lucky; I have one friend who will wrap up a brick, attach the return envelope to the outside and drop it in the mail.
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I dislike all these calls, but I dislike the calls in support of politician even more. Just another example of them exempting themselves from the rules they make for others to play by. If it is a political call, I tell them if 'I receive another call from your client I will vote against them'. For others I tell the to put me on their do not call list.

Good one! I'd use this IF I got a human. Instead I'm getting computer calls from politicians in Chicago every election on my CELL, and I don't even live there (just have a Chicago area code on the cell). Frustrating.
Plus, who would be swayed to vote for a politician from a computer call asking you to vote for X Not exactly that "personal" touch is it?
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But if my university calls me, I'll give them something every time.
I heard of someone who would usually respond to such calls 'When I go to Sears to buy a fridge, I don't expect them to call me back asking for donations'.

Hang up sounds like a proper response to me... even though the folks are forced or choose the job of annoying and disturbing people at home, I don't think you should be wasting your precious time on listening to them.
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I think you gotta have a little fun. If I do get stuck on a call like that, I tell them I'm really interested and ask if they can hold for a sec. Then I hang up. It wastes a lot of their time. I also like to shred credit card applications and put them into the return envelope so they have to pay return postage.
A friend of mine used to do this; and, I thought it was great. She would tell whoever had called that she was really interested; but, someone was at the door so she would be right back. Then, she would set down the phone and go about her business. If she was really in a the mood, she would occasionally pick up the phone to see if they were still on; and, if so, apologize profusely then immediately fain some other task she had to attend before she would be right back. Her record was around 40 minutes. I laughed until I was in tears the first time she told me about this. This was before the days of the official Do Not Call list; but, she was rarely contacted more than once by any given organization.

Personally, I always kept my ringer turned off and would just periodically check my answering machine when I had a land line. Now, I do pretty much the same with my cell phone's voice mail; but, I will occasionally answer the cell if I notice a call coming in and it is a name from my address book (rather than a phone number, unknown, etc.) on the screen.
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... even though the folks are forced or choose the job of annoying and disturbing people at home, I don't think you should be wasting your precious time on listening to them.
Exactly. And if you do engage them, even momentarily, they win. No matter how "right" you are in any argument you present, it will have absolutely no affect other than to anger you. They win because his or her real job is to stop you from hanging up so they can develop a "relationship"... of any kind.
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I never answer calls I don't recognize with Caller ID and they rarely ever leave a message. If I break that rule, my standard response is to immediately interrupt them and say, this number does not accept any solicitations, please remove me from your list.

Unfortunately, the do not call law makes an exception for charity calls and surveys so they can call with impunity. I just assume the risk of fraud is too great to deal with these types of solicitations. How do I know they are legit, even if I were interested.
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