Get the name of the person they're after.
Send them a letter, over "his" signature, demanding they stop bothering you.
Under federal law, once they receive such a letter they may contact you ONE
more time to acknowledge that they've received your notice. The penalty for
violation of this law is SEVERE (I would tell you what it is, but I can't
On a more prosaic level, Time-Warner may have a facility for blocking
incoming 'phone numbers.
Have some fun with them record it and put it on youtube.
The hell ya say.
The hell ya say.
Do you take credit cards, when they say yes, tell them "I an't got
one, I was just wondering?
Send me proof and I'll pay it.
What color are your eyes?
What are you wearing ?
You know that reminds me of a story,...... and start telling a long
story, a real long one but drag it out and try to keep them from hanging
Some from youtube.
Have you reported the calls to the appropriate state and Federal agencies?
Here in Indiana, the state is very aggressive in pursuing violators. I used to
receive 3 or 4 telemarketing calls every night; by a few months after the
Indiana law took effect, that dropped to 3 or 4 a _year_.
Read this: http://www.tcpalaw.com/free/47usc.txt
Pay particular attention to (b)(3) "Private right of action" -- bottom line is
that if they keep calling you after you've notified them to stop, you can sue
them for $500.
The bill collectors need a working number to contact you, you could
just not use the line for phone and get a cell phone. I think if you
disconnect it they will find your cell number, so you have given them
a number, it will cost you but you will get peace and quiet. There may
be other ways like others have said, but collectors do this for a
living and know tricks to harass you, The extra line works, they think
they are bothering you and are happy.
qwest has call blocking feature for a couple of bucks a month. It
allows up to 15 different phone numbers to be blocked.
I used to get 2-3 calls a night, usually from charities, which i
think don't have to follow the Do Not Call list. I just jot down the
caller ID number on the second call (first one is when I tell them not
to call) It works pretty good for me.
I bought a MagicJack several years ago when they first came out. The
gadget quit working but for $20 a year I keep the phone number and
give it out to anyone who is likely to violate my privacy like banks,
hospitals, insurance companies and especially government agencies.
The number rings and goes to voice-mail which is sent to my Email
address as a wave file along with the Caller ID information, time
and date. If I need to speak to the person, I call them back from
a prepaid cellphone that I keep turned off unless I'm using it.
You have to pay for privacy but it's not expensive if you're creative.
I was thinking you would forward calls from your regular number to your
Google number, then Google would block calls you tell it to. What I'm not
sure about is whether the incoming number would be considered the original
caller or your regular phone which is where Google is getting the call from.
As for the debt collector, I'd go to the state ag. I did this once with
AT&T. Even if you owe them money, which I didn't, there are limits they
can go to in pestering you.
As for the cold callers, and faxers, they have been getting bolder
lately. A lot of these calls come from outside the country and there is
nothing the US can/will do about it. I tried to get on the Canadian do
not call list but they only accept Canadian numbers. Also a lot of the
phone numbers are fake.
Get their address and mail them a "cease and desist" letter from your
If a company already "has business with you" then the DNC list doesn't
matter.How they figure they already have business with you is yet to be
I use my answering machine to screen all calls.If I don't recognize their
name or I know I have no business with them,I just delete the call.I'm
getting calls from American something-or-other about a debt,when I know I
have no debts. I Googled them,and they have a history of calling the wrong
numbers and endlessly using an robocaller to leave messages.And not
correcting their mistake when told about it. IOW,answering their call
just encourages them to call more. Right now,they seem to be listening and
just hanging up when they hear the message.
Isn't there some wav file or similar that you can put on your computer
that answers the phone with some kind of tone indicating the line is not
in service that the robocaller then thinks the number is dead and pulls
it out of the computer?
I want to find a voracious, small-minded predator
and name it after the IRS.
Good point. Some place used to sell that on late night tv, and it was
also on the web for free.
The tone is the one you hear when you get a recording that says
"OOOOOOeee. The number you have called is not in service." But you
only want to play the tone, not the words, which will confuse your
friends. :) I didn't know what the squealing was for until I heard
My brother recorded the whole thing and made it his answering machine
message. The first time I called I thought I dialed the wrong number,
the second time I figured it out and waited for the beep. About a year
later they came out with that thing for sale. I told him about it and
he said "no shit, I haven't been getting many of those calls anymore!"
I had an early phone machine that was just an 8-track player with a
casette deck in the same box, and a circuit board to relate them to
each other. The 8-track tape was the outgoing message, and a piece of
metal tape made it stop after one play.
The cassette recorded the message and started immediately. I thought
I would be very bored hearing my own outgoing message over and over
when I played my messages, but strangely, I never tired of my own
But it was fun machine. It had no "beep". I had to make my own.
For a while, I hit a wok with a wooden spoon and said "Please leave a
message at the sound of the gong."
Sometimes I just said "Beep".
If I just said "PLease leave a message now", some people got all
stymied. They wanted a beep.
But best of all was the message that said. "Hello..........Who is
this?...............Why did you call?........." They htought it it was
a real person on the phone and I got to hear everything they said,
including when they figured out it was a machine talking to them.
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