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zackymilly

(2,375 posts)
Tue Jul 23, 2019, 11:26 AM Jul 2019

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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Telemarketers. (Original Post) zackymilly Jul 2019 OP
I never get a telemarketer call Brainstormy Jul 2019 #1
I had to get a new phone a couple months ago... zackymilly Jul 2019 #2
interesting idear. AllaN01Bear Jul 2019 #3
I block all calls from unknown numbers, and never talk to telemarketers. Aristus Jul 2019 #4
Sometimes I get bored and answer them, then block them afterwards. zackymilly Jul 2019 #5
My mother-in-law also did this Brainstormy Jul 2019 #8
I don't answer the phone unless I know who's calling, then I only take 30-50% of those. NightWatcher Jul 2019 #6
This is the reason I think Bettie Jul 2019 #9
ABSOLUTELY! N/T Brainstormy Jul 2019 #10
I don't answer and never have but the calls are increasing royable Jul 2019 #12
Don't answer them........no problem. virgogal Jul 2019 #7
The What? PSPS Jul 2019 #11
Lol I'll have to try this. nt zackymilly Jul 2019 #17
There are several of these from Florentine. LOL! LuckyLib Jul 2019 #19
The numbers you're blocking may be legitimate. ihaveaquestion Jul 2019 #13
I don't know why this isn't illegal. Liberal In Texas Jul 2019 #14
What do you mean customerserviceguy Jul 2019 #16
The number doesn't really belong to the scammer ihaveaquestion Jul 2019 #20
OK, I get it customerserviceguy Jul 2019 #24
Here's how I handle that customerserviceguy Jul 2019 #15
Nice solution. ihaveaquestion Jul 2019 #21
I use "Do Not Disturb" ooky Jul 2019 #18
I get few telemarketers, but when I do I just set the phone down and walk away. elocs Jul 2019 #22
I don't answer calls from unidentified or unfamliar numbers. Nitram Jul 2019 #23

Brainstormy

(2,390 posts)
1. I never get a telemarketer call
Tue Jul 23, 2019, 11:28 AM
Jul 2019

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

zackymilly

(2,375 posts)
2. I had to get a new phone a couple months ago...
Tue Jul 23, 2019, 11:30 AM
Jul 2019

...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.

AllaN01Bear

(20,852 posts)
3. interesting idear.
Tue Jul 23, 2019, 11:30 AM
Jul 2019

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 .

Aristus

(67,052 posts)
4. I block all calls from unknown numbers, and never talk to telemarketers.
Tue Jul 23, 2019, 11:32 AM
Jul 2019

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.

zackymilly

(2,375 posts)
5. Sometimes I get bored and answer them, then block them afterwards.
Tue Jul 23, 2019, 11:33 AM
Jul 2019

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

Brainstormy

(2,390 posts)
8. My mother-in-law also did this
Tue Jul 23, 2019, 11:35 AM
Jul 2019

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."

NightWatcher

(39,343 posts)
6. I don't answer the phone unless I know who's calling, then I only take 30-50% of those.
Tue Jul 23, 2019, 11:34 AM
Jul 2019

Stop picking up and the calls will dry up.

Bettie

(16,530 posts)
9. This is the reason I think
Tue Jul 23, 2019, 11:35 AM
Jul 2019

polling might not be accurate these days.

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

royable

(1,275 posts)
12. I don't answer and never have but the calls are increasing
Tue Jul 23, 2019, 12:28 PM
Jul 2019

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

LuckyLib

(6,837 posts)
19. There are several of these from Florentine. LOL!
Tue Jul 23, 2019, 04:02 PM
Jul 2019

Telemarketers can’t figure out to cut their losses — the stupidity is a riot!

ihaveaquestion

(2,796 posts)
13. The numbers you're blocking may be legitimate.
Tue Jul 23, 2019, 12:29 PM
Jul 2019

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!

customerserviceguy

(25,183 posts)
16. What do you mean
Tue Jul 23, 2019, 02:19 PM
Jul 2019

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.

ihaveaquestion

(2,796 posts)
20. The number doesn't really belong to the scammer
Tue Jul 23, 2019, 04:40 PM
Jul 2019

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.

customerserviceguy

(25,183 posts)
24. OK, I get it
Tue Jul 23, 2019, 06:32 PM
Jul 2019

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

customerserviceguy

(25,183 posts)
15. Here's how I handle that
Tue Jul 23, 2019, 02:17 PM
Jul 2019

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?

ooky

(9,108 posts)
18. I use "Do Not Disturb"
Tue Jul 23, 2019, 02:50 PM
Jul 2019

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.

elocs

(22,828 posts)
22. I get few telemarketers, but when I do I just set the phone down and walk away.
Tue Jul 23, 2019, 05:05 PM
Jul 2019

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

Seinfeld on telemarketers:

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