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Thread: Has This Happened To Anyone Else??

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Jane View Post
    I do realize that people of a different age and time would never even consider this BUT I pay for my phone for my use. It is not there for you. If I do not know your name/number (caller ID) I will not answer. Period.

    I know, my grandmother would consider that the height of rudeness, but it is a different world, same if someone knocks on the door.
    I'm with you on this. I pay for my phone for my use------not for anyone to use to call me. I have told numerous people that, that call me without my permission. I'm stinky about this too.

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    I was in Washington, D.C., as a chaperon for school kids and was asked for my phone number at a store. I didn't want to give it and the clerk said she had to have A NUMBER. So I gave her Pennsylvania 6- 5000. When she asked about the "Pennsylvania" I told her to put in 73 for the first 2 letters in the name. She did so very happily.

    I guess she was too young to have heard the Big Band song using that number!

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    I used to use my dog's name when signing up for stuff, so I would always know it was a telemarketer if I got calls/messages/mail in his name.

    One day I got a call for him saying he'd been pre-approved for a Visa card. It ended up really hilarious because I kept saying things like, "Oh he works for me as a household guard and companion but I don't pay him a wage, he just earns room and board." They said that was fine if I was willing to cosign. I said that would be great, "He'd love to buy his own food and toys!" At the end she said she just needed to send a form for him and for me to sign and we'd be all set. I said, "Oh, that's going to be a problem, he can't sign his name. He doesn't have any hands, you see." She hesitated and asked if he was handicapped and I said, "Oh no, that's just how he was born, he has paws instead." She hesitates again..."Paws?" "OH yes, he's a dog!" "Oh I'm sorry ma'am, we can't give a credit card to a dog!" Then I start wailing, "BUT YOU SAID HE WAS PRE-APPROVED! He's a really GOOD dog, he deserves a Visa card!"

    I can only imagine the stories that girl had after that conversation, about the insane woman who wanted a Visa card for her dog. LOL I wish I could have recorded it, it'd be YouTube gold!

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    I worked on a cash-register for many years, and did not have to have a phone # unless the register asked for one. And that wasn`t very often and mostly for out of town checks.As far as the begging calls, once they knew we were retired, we had no peace. Finally, I told them I only give to home town people. When we found out if your house burnt down, you could get a voutcher for far less than we had already given to the people we knew. Since then I tell them I give only to people in our area and to org. that keep the money in our county. I`m first to help for a benefit or take needed things to people I know. Big organized groups have too much over head and don`t use their money wisely! Another thing, I heard on the radio that if you press the # key and 22 before you hang up, they cannot use your number again. Don`t know if that is true. If any one knows for sure, please let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madamekelly View Post
    If you give them your phone number you are granting permission to sell or otherwise profit from it. It cancels your "do not call" registration. FYI- the "Do Not Call" number to protect you from sales calls and texts, is 1 (888) 382-1222. You must call from the phone you want to protect, so if there is more than one number in your home, be sure to call from each number. I have used it for years and it really works!

    Wish that registry worked here! I have been on it for years, call every year to make a new request and still get 35 calls a day. I did slow them down though, I have the phone answer after 2 call and say "You have reached a number that is on the do not call list. Due to the vast amount of telemarketers that do not honor that list, we are now screening our calls. (I go on, but they usually hang up by the second sentence.) I do not answer if unknown, anonymous or private caller. I may have missed a few calls, but oh well. Most legit calls will LM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NJ Quilter View Post
    When sites ask for phone numbers - and won't let you continue without so doing - I just make up a number. You need to use an actual area code (so I use my actual) and then 555 and xxxx. I get way, way too many nuisance calls already. Don't need to add to the mix. If a phone number is required to progress on a site, I don't give them one at all.
    a word of caution here. as noted already, old numbers are now new numbers for someone else. and using incorrect numbers can backfire. when we were teens, my little sister & i spent late nights pranking taxi companies. giving wrong address to dispatcher, wrong phone confirmation numbers. long story short & also put a stop to our "fun" ..when a classmate was telling us at school about the engry taxi driver who had awakened friends angry household in middle of night. there are no phony adress' or phone numbers. companies that run these contests are doing nothing more than collecting information to sell to other companies. i do not think anything they have to give away is worth the loss of privacy by having my name, address & phone number sold all over. i don't give my email addy either.
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    I got a new cell phone number about a year ago, and at first I got numerous spam/scam calls a day. I sleep days, so it was VERY annoying to be repeatedly woken up by the phone ringing, but I didn't want to turn the phone off because I use it as an alarm clock, plus I need to be able to answer any emergency calls from my family.

    I stopped the calls by doing these three things:

    1. I put my number on the Do-Not-Call list.

    2. I downloaded a free app called Mr. Number that blocks unwanted calls. You can block them yourself, plus it also has a list of known telemarketers and scammers whose numbers are automatically blocked. You can choose to either hang up on them, or you can send the caller straight to your voice mail. On your end, the phone never rings.

    3. I went to YouTube and found a recording of the "number disconnected" message. You know the one that has the high pitched "Doo Doo DOOOO" tones, then says "The number you have dialed has been disconnected or is no longer in service ..." I recorded that message as my voice mail greeting, then used Mr. Number to route the unwanted calls straight to my voice mail. (Obviously, you have to explain to your friends and family that your number is valid, and to wait until the "number disconnected" message finishes, and then they can leave a message if you happen not to answer.) I think I heard somewhere that computer-generated calls are programmed to listen for the "Doo Doo DOOOO" tones, and that the computer will flag your number as being invalid and will remove you from the list.

    Between these three things, my spam/scam calls dropped from 10+ a day to zero VERY FAST.

    My husband got a new number at the same time I did, and he did the first two things above, but he recorded a regular voice mail message rather than the "number disconnected" message. He still gets occasional unwanted calls.

    As far as giving out my number, I very rarely do. I either tell them the number is private, or I make up a phony number. With my e-mail address, I give them an address that I purposely set up as a throw-away address, and they can spam it all they want because I rarely even check it.

    (No affiliation with the Mr. Number app.)
    Last edited by moonrise; 01-27-2015 at 09:10 PM.

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    It seems we are all plagued with the same issues! I don't give out my information either. I use a "junk" e-mail, and when needed/pushed use a phone number from my old employer that "just rings". My landline allows me to block 250 numbers, and with caller ID we only answer calls from people we know. Not big on entering contests, or signing up for "freebies". Maybe it is an age thing....we are retired...if I want it, I buy it...I don't need someone calling me with an offer I can't refuse! I'd never donate to someone over the phone. I chose who I donate to. As others have said, I pay for the use of my landline....not scammers, or solicitors, or telemarketers!!

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    I have the problem with mobile phones. I have one and only give number to family, it is for emergencies when I go out not ringing all the time when I go out. When a mobile number is required I do 07712345678 just ensure 11 digits and beginning sounds like beginning of some mobile line.
    Worked so far only one man caught on and used my landline which I had also given.why do some places want both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandy l View Post
    And sell they do!! SO entered some contest and since then he has been put (it seems) on every charity list there is wanting money. He's been re-cycling a whole lot of trees
    This is what I did/ do to get off unwanted mailing lists. If I receive a solicitation in the mail that contains a return envelope that does not require me to use a stamp, I circle my name and write "Delete my name from your records." I make sure to cross through any areas that need to be filled in. I then stuff as much of the sent material into the envelope and mail it back to them. I rarely get any more solicitations from the organization. For catalogs, I call or email the company to delete my name. I use the word delete rather than remove so they know I want to be out of their records completely. It has worked beautifully. It takes a little time at first, but within a few months you can cut down or eliminate most of your junk mail. I receive very little junk mail anymore. My only phone is my cellphone, so I screen calls. If I don't know the number calling, I don't answer. If it is a legitimate call, the caller will leave a voice mail.

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    Every time I get a call on my cell from a sales person I just touch Block Caller. They can call and leave voice messages all day long, I never get them again.
    I believe giving what I can will never cause me to be in need.
    Being cheap is not a badge of honor.
    My heroes are working people, paying their own way, taking care of their children and being decent human beings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellageo View Post
    I am on the Do Not Call list, but if 'they' get your number in the manner stated above, you are free game! I DO answer those 'junk' calls & tell them to remove my #. When asked for money, I tell them 'I only give locally' If I have a message on the machine. Many times I call back & if you listen, there is a message there 'if you want to discontinue receiving calls, press 1 or2...
    I too am on the no call list...I keep a log of who calls (even when I'm not at home--caller ID)..if I have asked not to be called by the company...I make a report to the FCC...it's on line...and takes only a few minutes...once you tell the telemarketer you're reporting them to the FCC...that usually gets their attention!!

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    When I get to the contest entry page, if they ask for phone # I just leave the sight. I agree - giving your phone # out is just asking for trouble.
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    This is certainly an interesting topic.

    When getting unwanted phone calls my late husband would begin speaking with them and/or asking questions keeping them on the line for a VERY LONG time. he said they are paying for the call and I am going to make them pay.
    When I get an unwanted call like for windows I tell them my house is new so don't need new windows.
    An older fellow told a caller he was sure glad they called cause he was just foreclosed on and he needed their product. They hung up.
    I agree there is nothing that is really free. we have a local thing in the summer for anyone from 0-18 years of age that can get a free noon meal. They ask for volunteers to help serve this so I volunteered one day to see what really went on. A bunch of teenagers came after their baseball practice. That really turned me off of this practice.
    PLUS people say but it is free, a government program to use. There are NO FREE LUNCHES! Guess who the government is? Us of course.

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    Whoops I just got a call from my credit card company! I was told I was paying too high of an interest rate. He came back up with a figure that apparently is my limit on my card. I said What are you saying? That is my balance? I continued and told him I pay my bill every month so do not need a cheaper rate. He hung up !

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    When ordering on line I usually have it shipped to me at the office and give my office phone. I'm the one that answers the phone and when they call I tell them it's a business and they hang up and don't call back. And I've started paying cash for local purchases. I hate to reconcile bank statements.
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    There must be hundred of thousands who fall for the phone sales calls because they are still in the business of telemarketing. Until it isn't profitable it won't stop.
    I believe giving what I can will never cause me to be in need.
    Being cheap is not a badge of honor.
    My heroes are working people, paying their own way, taking care of their children and being decent human beings.

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    I've noticed that even store clerks will say "lets start with your email address". Some are fine with me for not giving it to them, one got all huffy when I said I was trying to control the amount of spam I was getting. One place said they couldn't sell me anything unless they had my name. I was dumbfounded and gave it to them and for days after, everytime I thought about it, it made me mad. Whatever happened to the days when you just anonymously handed over the cash and everyone went away happy. And I'm not that old.......

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    I used to work in direct mail mktg and they give away a gift to get the number to sell. that's the whole thing behind the free gift.
    put off till tomorrow what you can do today, and if you procrastinate long enough, you may never have to do it.

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