I have had it with being polite to this company. I have asked them to
put me on the do not call list. I have my number on the national do
not call list. I have reported the number to web site. They still
At first, they were calling with a number that would come up on the
caller ID. Now they call with unknown caller. It is from some
consumer credit company. They give a recorded message and press 1 to
find out how to lower your rates.
I wait until an operator answers. When I politely ask to be put on
the do not call list they hang up. One guy was polite, and said he
would add my number to the no call list.
They still call.
Most of these people work in sweatshops outside the country, very often in
India, the "do not call list" means nothing, hurting the person's ears won't
help, the next one will take over when the computer assigns your number to
him. I find an answering machine helps, when we see an 800 type number or
blocked caller with unknown number we let it take the call. In fact the
machine will cut off a blocked caller with an unknown number and force them
to respond to the answering machine immediately. They hang up immediately.
In fact one called right now as I type this reply. We get about 10 to 20 a
day, nothing you can say or do will stop them, so we don't even bother to
talk to them.
We have the same problem. Though I've registered with the Telephone
Preference Service (TPS) here in the UK, we continue to get calls from
overseas - predominantly mainland Europe and US, though also from India.
Due to the time difference between UK and US, I now will not respond to
any calls between 18.00 and 21.00 hrs UK because most are from
"Investment Advisors" in the US - I just leave the ansafone to do its
thing! India - it's usually first thing in the morning - but I've gone
out to work. Europe - during my daytime but I'm at work. My main problem
now is taking a day's holiday and being at home!
Before the do-not-call-list, I had my answering machine message start with the
tones that you hear when you dial a disconnected number. "Beep-boop-beep -
delay - hello- please leave a message". Supposedly, the auto dialers mark the
number as invalid and remove it. It did seem to make a significant difference
Google for sit.wav. I easily downloaded it, and just played it through my
computer speakers as I recorded the message.
Not a lot you can do as most are probably off shore. I get faxes from
Cancun for vacations. Getting more junk faxes than real faxes, I keep
machine off line.
My attitude is to try to waste their time and money. I call back 800
numbers because it costs them as does any time you spend cussing them
out. If I have a lot of spare time, I feign interest. I've also told
operators to get a legitimate job where they do not annoy people.
If we all did this, economics would cause them to cease.
For the solicitors like charities that are allowed to call, my standard
answer is that I am retired on fixed income and cannot afford to give.
Also, I refuse to answer surveys.
Always assume anyone that calls you that you do not know is lying to you ;)
Google telezapper. $19.99. Or place the sit tones as the first thing on your
IF you have a caller ID compliant modem, there is also software that will
recognize out of area calls and play the SIT tones for you.
There are also gadgets that intercepts all phone calls and the caller has to
enter in a password to be let thru.
IF you didnt give out the password, tough.
moron. You can't make the sound at the other louder by being louder
at your end. It is like thinking that you can turn a 60's VW bug
into an F1 racer by dropping an anvil on the accelerator pedal.
About all you can do with such harassment is get a new phone number.
Obviously that's not completely true. A regular volume voice will
sound louder than a whisper. But it's true that there is a certain
amount of dB compression on that the signal goes through. IOW, the
dynamic range of the telephone is fairly low.
No speaka da Ingleesh; eh?
With that in mind next time I'm in the Middle East I must learn som
phrases in say, Persian or Swahili. Problem is the calls might be
coming from a country where they understand those languages! Hmm!
And I don't really want to buy voice message service!
you can't. all phones got decibel limiters on them. scream as loud as
you want, but it only comes out their end at a certain volume.
tell them that you answering them is a service, billable at $1000 per
minute, 3 minutes minimum. (make sure to record this), send it to a
lawyer and have the lawyer send them a bill.
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