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Tue Jul 23, 2019, 10:26 AM

Telemarketers.

I get lots of calls from telemarketers on my cell phone. At least 5 a day. I have over 300 numbers blocked so far. The one thing I have noticed is when I answer and start speaking in Spanish, they always hang up.
You would think they would transfer me over to someone else who can speak Spanish.
Just something I noticed.

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Reply Telemarketers. (Original post)
zackymilly Jul 2019 OP
Brainstormy Jul 2019 #1
zackymilly Jul 2019 #2
AllaN01Bear Jul 2019 #3
Aristus Jul 2019 #4
zackymilly Jul 2019 #5
Brainstormy Jul 2019 #8
NightWatcher Jul 2019 #6
Bettie Jul 2019 #9
Brainstormy Jul 2019 #10
royable Jul 2019 #12
virgogal Jul 2019 #7
PSPS Jul 2019 #11
zackymilly Jul 2019 #17
LuckyLib Jul 2019 #19
ihaveaquestion Jul 2019 #13
Liberal In Texas Jul 2019 #14
customerserviceguy Jul 2019 #16
ihaveaquestion Jul 2019 #20
customerserviceguy Jul 2019 #24
customerserviceguy Jul 2019 #15
ihaveaquestion Jul 2019 #21
ooky Jul 2019 #18
elocs Jul 2019 #22
Nitram Jul 2019 #23

Response to zackymilly (Original post)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 10:28 AM

1. I never get a telemarketer call

and have blocked only 5 calls in 8 years. Wonder what the difference is and how I get so lucky. ???

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Response to Brainstormy (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 10:30 AM

2. I had to get a new phone a couple months ago...

...and couldn't get my old number, so they gave me a new one.
I get calls and text messages asking for 'Lori', who I am not.

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Response to zackymilly (Original post)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 10:30 AM

3. interesting idear.

i did a swear storm on one and they havent been back. they were trying to sell me solar panels , but i live in a rental apartment and cant attach anything on the roof .

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Response to zackymilly (Original post)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 10:32 AM

4. I block all calls from unknown numbers, and never talk to telemarketers.

I never want to engage with them on the phone. Mainly because I don't want to be rude.

When my parents got divorced, and my dad left my mom with a huge mortgage payment, she had to run out and get the first job she could. She was a telemarketer for a few weeks for a carpet cleaning business. It was rough. I wouldn't wish those working conditions on anyone. I still remember with a sinking heart my mother bursting into tears over her dinner plate after another soul-crushing work-day.

She soon got a better job, and our lives improved. But I never forgave my father for leaving us, and especially my mother, in the lurch like that.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #4)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 10:33 AM

5. Sometimes I get bored and answer them, then block them afterwards.

I know I am opening myself up to more calls when I do that, though.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #4)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 10:35 AM

8. My mother-in-law also did this

and it was awful. I never think about the folks who have to do this for a living. Thanks for the reminder. (But I'm still not ever going to answer an "unknown caller."

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Response to zackymilly (Original post)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 10:34 AM

6. I don't answer the phone unless I know who's calling, then I only take 30-50% of those.

Stop picking up and the calls will dry up.

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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #6)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 10:35 AM

9. This is the reason I think

polling might not be accurate these days.

Most people don't answer calls from unknown numbers. It is my tiny, pinprick of hope.

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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #6)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 10:36 AM

10. ABSOLUTELY! N/T

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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #6)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 11:28 AM

12. I don't answer and never have but the calls are increasing

Three or four a day on weekdays. They all get blocked.

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Response to zackymilly (Original post)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 10:34 AM

7. Don't answer them........no problem.

 

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Response to zackymilly (Original post)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 10:50 AM

11. The What?


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Response to PSPS (Reply #11)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 01:42 PM

17. Lol I'll have to try this. nt

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Response to PSPS (Reply #11)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 03:02 PM

19. There are several of these from Florentine. LOL!

Telemarketers canít figure out to cut their losses ó the stupidity is a riot!

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Response to zackymilly (Original post)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 11:29 AM

13. The numbers you're blocking may be legitimate.

Most scammers 'spoof' their phone # to show up in caller id as something other than their real number. They can easily do this because they're using computers to make the call. They just tell the computer to display a 'from' number that is another number.

One of their favorite tricks is to use a number that looks like your own number... with the same area code and even the same exchange.

I don't answer any call from a number I don't recognize... if it's a legitimate call they'll leave me a message and I can call them back. I also have my phone's Do Not Disturb settings set to not ring if the number isn't in my contacts.

Also, any call you answer lets them know that your number is valid and you'll get more calls because scammers sell phone number lists to each other.

It's a dirty business!

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Response to ihaveaquestion (Reply #13)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 11:31 AM

14. I don't know why this isn't illegal.

Oh yeah I forgot, bought and paid for repubs.



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Response to ihaveaquestion (Reply #13)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 01:19 PM

16. What do you mean

by "legitimate"? If you don't know someone who's calling, the chances are excellent that you don't want to be subjected to a sales pitch for whatever crap they're selling.

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Response to customerserviceguy (Reply #16)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 03:40 PM

20. The number doesn't really belong to the scammer

It's being faked for that particular call. It may be a valid number for some innocent other person.

Real life example: I once got a text from a person asking me why I had called them. I had not called them, but a scammer had called him and used my phone number in the caller id.

I have also seen my own number used in the caller id of a couple of scam calls. This is obviously due to a flaw in the scammers phone calling program, which shouldn't allow the fake number to match the number being called. It's a dead giveaway of the fakery.

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Response to ihaveaquestion (Reply #20)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 05:32 PM

24. OK, I get it

Legitimate number, illegitimate call. That should be treated like identity theft, but there is no way of following up on these situations.

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Response to zackymilly (Original post)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 01:17 PM

15. Here's how I handle that

My default ringtone is one second of silence, no vibration. All of my contacts (in other words, people I do want to hear from) are assigned an audible ring. Do I miss calls from doctor's offices, etc.? Sure, but they can leave a message.

Absolutely everything else is completely ignored, other than my seeing that someone tried to call. I used to block numbers, too, but why should I let them waste even five seconds of my time?

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Response to customerserviceguy (Reply #15)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 03:41 PM

21. Nice solution.

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Response to zackymilly (Original post)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 01:50 PM

18. I use "Do Not Disturb"

Favorites ring through. Everything else goes straight to voice mail where they usually hang up. Then I clear my voice mail for idiots that still try to leave a message. No problems.

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Response to zackymilly (Original post)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 04:05 PM

22. I get few telemarketers, but when I do I just set the phone down and walk away.

Eventually they figure out there is nobody there and I don't hear from them again.

Seinfeld on telemarketers:

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Response to zackymilly (Original post)

Tue Jul 23, 2019, 04:08 PM

23. I don't answer calls from unidentified or unfamliar numbers.

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