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Old 01-25-2011, 12:19 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by Bestwifeever View Post
Is it wrong that when I answer the phone and it's either that momentary dead silence or a telemarketer and I'm feeling a little cranky that I immediately put the phone on speaker and mute and enjoy their discomfort as they either keep up the pitch or just keep repeating our name?

We only get calls from overseas for pharmacy products (go figure). Being on the do-not-call list is very effective otherwise.
My sister, has a phobia of telemarketers and she screens most of her incomming calls with her answering machine. When she does pick and senses a delay she immediately hangs up. So much for calling her on Skype (Delay reference )

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Old 01-25-2011, 12:44 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by Lancelot View Post
Yeah, its not exactly a telemarketer call but my Thai cell provider has started sending me "promotion" offers, so maybe it's tele creep, as in a foot in the door
OHH, I get those too.... but at least they do not cost me anything (I am a pay as you go phone, so just answering cost me )
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I once heard that when you get a call with some dead air and no speaker on the other end of the line (meaning that it is a computer calling you to figure out when there is a good time for the actual telemarketer to call you another day or night), you should hit some combination of the # and * keys to "confuse" the computer into thinking there is something wrong with the line so it will tell the telemarketers not to try to call you. Is this some not-so-old wives tale or does it actually work?

I have tried it few times over the years but can't really be sure if it works (can't measure a negative).
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Originally Posted by scrabbler1 View Post
........... Is this some not-so-old wives tale or does it actually work?............

Oh definitely. And if you punch in "666" it will send a 10,000 volt surge into their computer, totally destroying it.
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I blame the telemarketers for global warming, the housing meltdown, and my cat's hairballs.
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