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    When I answer the phone "hello" and there is a slight delay....that is my clue this is a telemarketer. I say "hello" again and again and again, by that time you have determined who it is because they keep repeating who they are each time you say "hello". After the 4th time, I usually say "Oh this phone isn't working" and hang up...they don't call back.
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    I have been plagued lately. I' very won money but I have to buy magazines on my credit card to get it. I told them I don't have a credit card but send me the magazines and my monetary prize and I will pay them...click

    Microsoft calling that my computer is sending out data....I told them I have an Ipad....click

    If they persist I tell them I am on do not call registry (I jot down any info they provide #from caller ID, name of person and company) and am reporting them

    And if I don't feel like messing with them I hang up. It might be their job but NO should be sufficient for them to back off.

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    I read an article, I believe in the Reader's Digest, written by telemarketer's
    and one of the things they said is never engage them in any conversation. They said the best way to have them take you off the list is to say "hello" and nothing more. Let them continue to say "hello", "HELLO", until they finally hang up. I've tried it several time and find I get a kind of savage amusement from hearing them trying to figure out why nobody is answering them.

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    THIS is the BEST!!!!! LOL

    Quote Originally Posted by lclang View Post
    Had a friend who let them go through the whole spiel and then hesitated, stammered, and said, "I don't know what you want I'll have to ask my guardian." They quickly hung up.

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    Phones here are becoming obsolete. Mine rings 1ce a mth. I have turned the ringer down, it goes voicemail. Tele don't leave messages. I use phone for dialing out only, not intake. Their is nothing worse when I am sewing and have to get up to answer tele.. They usually bombard on internet because cable company and employers sell address.. Internet is deleted, easy.

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    And now we are getting political calls, the worse!! I'll see them in Nov, don't need them in Aug!!
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    This seems to have cut down on our annoying calls....when you get these calls and you see by ID that it is telemarketing, pick up the receiver, don't say anything but start pushing the # key over and over and over....with some phone you can just hold it down, others you have to push it repeatedly about ten times. Then when you listen, they have disconnected. Some automated systems will read your # key sounds as a bad number and kick it out.
    I have to share a response with you on a call I answered. Credit Card bill reduction, I pressed the key to talk to someone, I said I have told you repeatedly that I am on the do not call list....his response....it doesn't matter...I said don't call here again,,...he said, we will continue to call you because you can't do anything about it! I said, Oh, then I don't have to answer your call, do I? Every time I see your ID you can listen to my phone ring. You can't do anything about making me answer. You will loose money and I will continue to read my book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PenniF View Post
    I have one.... I got a call from a woman asking for Steven ***....i said, "sorry, you have a wrong number" and hung up. The phone rang again immediately. I answered and the woman said "you hung up on me- i want to talk to Steven ***" I said "yes, i hung up because there is no Steven here."
    Her reply...."Well I think there is !!"
    I won't tell you the rest - suffice to say it went down hill from there before I hung up again.
    Opportunity missed! You should have told her that "Steven just left on his honeymoon, so stop calling"! Lol!
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    Some fun responses, techniques here. :-! I am one to always let the answering machine get the call if I do not recognize the number , if it turns out I do want to talk to the person I can pick up, if its one of those scammer calls I have a recording of it when I report it (and, yes, I do take the time to report any threatening, or asking for financial info calls) most of the time the telemarketers just hang up without talking.We had one at work a week ago, a foreigner claiming they were working for the IRS & issuing an arrest warrant immediately for (my client who is 90 with Alzheimer's) for
    tax fraud (and, have a nice day) I listened to it then used my cellphone to call the FCC - that way I was able to play the message for the investigator.
    Always remember folks, the IRS does not call you, they send you letters.... Then, if necessary, a federal marshal will just show up, they don't call & give you opportunity to get away. :-) the FCC investigator said to never return the call, or call back a number that the scammer leaves, that verifies your number for them. And, of course never give out any personal information - don't even verify your name or phone number.
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    Greatest all time invention: Caller ID!!!!!!! I use it every day, some days, all day long, [sigh]. DH has finally started using it also.

    Love the funny way you all are dealing with these numbers!!!!

    I did answer one a long time ago, and the woman was very rude when I told her off, so she kept calling everyday for a few days, but I recognized the number and didn't answer.
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    I too love caller ID and the answering machine. I seem to get at least 5 calls on average every day starting at 8 AM and going until 10 PM. If I don't recognize the number I rarely answer. BUT I do love some of the ways you handle the calls.

    The only ones I answer and not always these, are people calling for organizations to whom I have contributed and am no longer able to do so. Even then I sometimes need to hang up on them. I was taught never to be rude, so it's difficult but sometimes the only answer. I'm answering fewer and fewer of these because they are truly stressful.

    When I get really irritated is when I get letters to send contributions when I know I haven't made the pledge. My shredder is getting lots of use. maybe I'll try the envelope stuffing method; that's a good one.

    Thank you everyone for sharing your methods. Even though it must be really frustrating at the time, some of your methods of coping gave me quite a giggle. Thank you for that. Joyce in Delaware

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    Years ago when I lived in El Paso with my first husband, right after he shipped out to Germany had a phone call, some guy wanting to know if I wanted to F. I said where and when, he slammed the phone down and never called back. I wasn't afraid he would show up at house as we had two 90lb dobermans and a 22. And I do not have a hard time asking what part of NO don't they understand, so our calls have been slacking off, except for political and I hang up on them if I even answer. Thanks for the good laughs ladies, love some of the answers and the murder was a real belly laugh, I can see the poor guy in Colorado.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewSassy View Post
    When I answer the phone "hello" and there is a slight delay....that is my clue this is a telemarketer. I say "hello" again and again and again, by that time you have determined who it is because they keep repeating who they are each time you say "hello". After the 4th time, I usually say "Oh this phone isn't working" and hang up...they don't call back.

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    You all are too funny! Great answers to an annoying problem! One more to share with you ... we kept getting mail from a couple of organizations addressed to my husband's ex-wife, well after we were married. I called them and explained that she was no longer at this address and they should stop sending mail here, especially if they wanted her continued support. I still got her mail. I finally started writing "deceased" on it and returning it to them. They stopped mailing her stuff here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PenniF View Post
    I have one.... I got a call from a woman asking for Steven ***....i said, "sorry, you have a wrong number" and hung up. The phone rang again immediately. I answered and the woman said "you hung up on me- i want to talk to Steven ***" I said "yes, i hung up because there is no Steven here."
    Her reply...."Well I think there is !!"
    I won't tell you the rest - suffice to say it went down hill from there before I hung up again.
    I've had 2 of those. One was a collection agency that kept calling and asking for Larry *****. I'd say there is no Larry ***** here. I"ve had this number for 15 years and there has never been a Larry ***** here. Finally, I just said "You've been calling here and this is not Larry *****'s number. Please don't call anymore" and the guy says "Okay, but do you know Larry ******'s number?" I gave up. All I could think of was "I don't know Larry and if I ever meet him, I may strangle him"

    The other one was the woman that called my cell phone looking for some doctor's office. I told her she had the wrong number and hung up. She calls back. I tell her she has the wrong number this is not doctor so-and-so's office. She calls back. I tell her 'this is the same person that you just talked to and it's not your doctor's office' and she says "I know I dialed the right number and this is the doctor's office and I want to make an appointment". My husband told me I should have just said "how is next Tuesday and 9:30?" and made her an appointment. lol
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    We got our cell for when we were on the road, so if we were home it was turned off. We had a lady that kept calling and leaving messages for her x. Like the check was late or he didn't get the kids home when he was supposed to and why didn't he answer her. I final put the message on... "This is Glenda and Ray's phone. If you do not have a message for Glenda or Ray, please hang up. She never called back. The guy she was yelling at might or might not have done what she was pi---ed about, but I didn't see the poor guy getting into more trouble because she didn't have the right number. The same message is still on our cell, just in case she forgets.(Been about 5 years now,) LOL
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    That's why DH and I got "Caller ID" If we don't recognize the phone number, we don't pick up. If it's important then they will leave a message on my machine

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    My husband and I have been doing the envelope stuffing thing for 25 years. Sure has cut down the junk mail. Sometimes we sent back 5 letters in one day. When people were really persistent, I wrote in there that I would send them a box of rocks if they continued sending their stuff. That worked! One person actually sent a box of rocks to an address in Alaska. The addressee had to pay for it because it had the postage paid return envelope taped to the box.
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    I do not have caller ID on the phone next to my chair where I watch TV, so I don't know who is calling. But when it is apparent to be one of those calls, I just hang up. Sometimes they get their foot in the door, so to speak, and hard to get rid of. So I told one guy "l pay my phone bill for MY convenience, NOT YOURS!" And hung up.

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    I went to the sporting goods section at Wal-Mart and bought a coach's whistle. Now when a telemarketer calls, I give them a good long blast from it! They evidently spread the word because it'll be MONTHS before any other telemarketers will call! LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkys_mom View Post
    I love caller id. If I don't recognize the number I don't answer.

    It took me a little time to find this on youtube but it is hilarious and a terrific way to deal with a telemarketer.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cpzLxYnpG4
    ROTFLMBO Way too funny.
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    I say to them, "Did I call you??" This upsets their line of trash they were about to say, I then say "Well don't call me."
    Then hang up...

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    What a good laugh for the day. Seems we are all troubled by this same thing. My sister will answer the phone Nancy ****** may I help you. Blows there minds. Don't call back as they think it is a business. Have heard the Tom Mabe call many times, always funny. Wish we had like on our posts like on facebook so I could check you gals. All your pots are funny.
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    Too funny!
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    As executor for my FIL, we had his mail forwarded to us. Many years after he died we were still getting requests for charitable and political contributions. As long as there was a postage paid envelope, I sent back a similar reply. It still took several years for them to catch on.
    Quote Originally Posted by Edie View Post
    I mail back junk mail all the time, however, I find that I still get advertising. The other day, my husband got a letter that would give him better health coverage than he has now. I called their company and told them "I don't think so - my husband died last year and is Heaven and they don't worry about health insurance anymore. They don't have to worry about anything anymore. Please take his name off your list AGAIN!" Edie

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