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Thread: Can you help us to get rid of a telemarketer?

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    We've been getting hounded for over a year by one particular telemarketer whose "crew" insists on talking to "the owner" and won't take "No, don't EVER call us again!" for an answer.

    In fact, the more we tell them not to call, the more often they do.

    Since we're a business, the "Do not call" registry doesn't help us.

    So... since we can't seem to make them go away, can you help us have some fun with this? We're trying to come up with something that might drive them away while allowing us to get our laughs for the day.

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    Can't you tell them to only correspond with you via snail mail, that if they continue to "harrass" you, that you will sue?

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    Do like I did....

    A company was calling my business/home and asking for a certain person. I finally got fed up, gave them the number for the county jail and said she was arrested for prostitution. They stopped calling.

    Contact your phone company, maybe even the sheriff.

    Good luck.

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    Pretend they are somebody else - like, "Oh, Shirley, it's so wonderful to hear from you! Completely ignore anything they try to say..

    Make a tape recording of yourself saying, in a slow voice, This business does not require your assistance, this business doesn't require your assistance, over and over...

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    Pretend they are somebody else - like, "Oh, Shirley, it's so wonderful to hear from you! Completely ignore anything they try to say..

    Make a tape recording of yourself saying, in a slow voice, This business does not require your assistance, this business doesn't require your assistance, over and over...

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    Do you have another line so that you can still get calls?

    If so, just leave the phone off the hook. Put something over the mouthpiece so they can't hear what's going on at your place.

    Maybe blow a police whistle in their ear. I don't know if you should warn them or not - it could damage their hearing.

    Have somebody sneeze in the receiver - that would require sanitizing afterwards, though

    Can you have someone do baby talk.

    How about have someone gargle or sound like they are going to throw up?

    Try to get as much information out of THEM as possible. How are you? How is your weather?

    IF you have the time, that is.

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    ask for their home number and find out what would be a good time to call and ask if they want your services/goods.

    My assistant did that to a yellow book ad salesperson. they stopped calling.

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    tell them the owner is in jail, for not paying his bills.

    But really, why not just hang up once you know it is them? No explanation needed. It is your phone, after all.

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    OH< do I have the answer!!
    One of my dear friends was getting some horrible calls from some nut who could obviously see her house, since he commented on when her teen daughter left the house. (This was before Caller Id,)

    Another friend and I were visiting when she got "That" call and just stood there, she was forced to listen. So my other friend grabbed the phone and cooed at him, saying "Oh, you poor dear man, you must need Jesus in your life" and she preached at him and didn't give him time to say a thing till he hung up. She later recorded this on a little machine and gave it to our frightened friend, who played it as soon as she recognized this nut's voice. And yes, the police were called but could do little for her. But this recording did the trick, he finally got tired of calling and she wasn't bothered any more.

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    oh- I had the NRA call for my husband here at the office. I told her I was in charge, not him- he is not involved in my business in any way. And then I told her my stance on gun control and I don't need anyone beyond the 2nd amendment, if and when I would allow a gun on my property. The calls stopped.

    (I've asked hubby for a machete and baseball bat- but that's another story)

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    I have selective call rejection on my phone. It has cut down considerably on junk calls. And even for home phones, it seems the Do Not Call list means nothing. They still call anyway.

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    ...This is tacky, but I've heard of it being done. I've never done it OK?
    Just tell them please hold, and put them on hold. Than go on about your business and forget about it. Can't bring myself to do it. But, passing along FYI.

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    at our office we repeatedly get calls for credit and the yellow pages--- the only thing i do is hang up as soon as i know who it is. sometimes we get more than one call a day. the bad thing about it is - some poor individual is doing this for a living and probably getting paid per call. o how i would hate to make my living that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misseva
    at our office we repeatedly get calls for credit and the yellow pages--- the only thing i do is hang up as soon as i know who it is. sometimes we get more than one call a day. the bad thing about it is - some poor individual is doing this for a living and probably getting paid per call. o how i would hate to make my living that way.
    I felt that way too, until I realized it is no different than spam on your computer. I just hit the "delete" button which is the hang up on the phone.

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    If they call like that here I put my son on the phone and he will keep them talking for a long time about nothing, sometimes the person gets irate at him not listening or what ever and has sworn at him, which he thinks is hilarious. they tend not to call back after that.

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    If the call is always from the same number, perhaps the phone company can put some type of block on it? Other than that, I'd just hang up without saying a word. Or ask if they'd like your attorney's number instead?

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    If you have a "hold" option on your phone, I wouldn't hesitate to put them on hold and leave them here. They will hang up, and it shouldn't take them more than a couple of times to figure it out. I wouldn't feel at all bad about it.

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    I did a few things. First, I told them that I was just an auditor in to clean up the books since the owner was in jail or in the alternative that the owner died and I was cleaning up AR.

    Second, once I pretended to be a total young blonde fox...dizzy and horny as all get out. It was fun to play with him. After awhile, he faxed me something with his direct line number, thinking we were going to have some phone sex. I turned the while thing over to the authorities. The owner of the company got in a big jam because the fines are actually pretty high. The telemarketer was upset that I wasnt 25 and hot!!

    Third, Ive heard a referree's whistle works pretty good too or just start hitting the numbers like you are dialing. I like the Jesus talk.

    Fourth, we made up employee's and owners. Like Helen Hunt and a few other names that Patrice will block...we always just said the first name and spelled the last so they didnt "get it" right away. Or you could give them the owner, Jennifer's cell... your area code plus 867-5309 but make sure you say it 8 sixtyseven fifty three zero nine. I used to get mail for these people.

    Now we have caller ID and it isnt any fun.

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    My BIL is getting credit card marketing calls all the time. He makes a genuine sport out of keeping them on the line as long as he can. I don't know how the guy can keep talking to them without cracking up, I roll on the floor listening to his end of the conversation.

    His end usually consists of him telling the telemarketer all about his family, about how he just got out of jail, has no job but makes a little by robbing banks so he could probably pay the CC bill, how all the women in the family are prostitutes so they can help. He has a complete alter-identity made up so he can take the tm's through the entire application process using fake data.

    Sometimes he uses his very thick fake Norwegian accent and drops in a few Norwegian words here and there.

    It's just a hoot.

    But here's the funniest one I've ever heard:

    http://www.boreme.com/boreme/funny-2...r-prank-p1.php

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    Try turning the tables on them. Start asking what their home phone number is, what time do they have dinner so you will know when to call, what time do they go to bed and would that be a good time to call because then no one else will interrupt your call, etc. I've heard this works.

    I like the previous link. That is the best I've heard!

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    start the conversation with...HEY, I'M SO GLAD YOU CALLED, I HAVE A GREAT DEAL FOR YOU TODAY, LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT IT..." don't let them get a word in ...talk fast, loud and be pushy...how about selling the leaves on the ground?...they will hang up on you and just may not want to call you again. i'd do it every time they call till they figure it out. bet it doesn't take long.

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    before I got on the do not call list, when I got a telemarketer, I would pretend to be very interested in whatever they were selling, until it got to the part of payment, then

    "WHAT!! you want me to PAY for it?? You mean it isn't free!!??"

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    I got an email once that gave a speil when you answer the phone that you are a homicide detective and who's calling, did he know the victim, etc. It goes on and on and is hysterical. I'd love to try it some time but don't remember it all.

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    by now you should have the business name or you can get it on the next call. Once you get the information, tell them that you're reporting them to the state's attorney for harassment and to the better business bureau for the same. That has made folks stop...and you really can do the reporting, so it's not an empty threat.

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    I have used 2 different approaches. First one, I'd listen for a short while. I'd make sure I heard their names. Then I'd stop them. I would "grade" them on their presentation. I'd say things like "you got 7 points for friendliness", "4 points for getting your business across". I'd just make stuff up. They would be so flustered I would never hear from them again.
    Another approach was telling them right off that I was recording the conversation and any thing they said could be used in a court of law. I would politely say "please remove my name from your list" I would repeat it until they hung up. Both worked for me and I have to admit I had fun doing it. I was funner to mess with them, rather then to get super annoyed and upset with them.

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