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Thread: I think I have found my calling (no pun intended!)

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    I think I have found my calling (no pun intended!)

    I had gotten 5 phone calls from telemarketers today and it wasn't even noon yet!! I looked up the rules on the do not call site and if they call after you have been on the registry for more that 31 days, 4/07 was my date, then I can complain and they can be fined up to $16k. Don't know who gets the $$, but if I do, mama wants a new car!!! Anyway, I guess that is my new work-at-home job for at least the next week! I usually get 10 calls a day on the average. If I got $500 a pop, with 10 calls a day, 5 days a week, I could have a decent car paid for in 1 week. Hey, I could have a Ferrari in less that a month!! Or at least, maybe I can get them to stop!! lol Slow down the calls some....??

    Really! I think we should start a movement. Every time we get a sales call, get their company name and phone number, go to your computer and make a complaint. It only takes a minute to complete the complaint. Maybe we can cut down on the calls. I know I am not the only one who wishes they would go away!

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    Quote Originally Posted by yngldy View Post
    I had gotten 5 phone calls from telemarketers today and it wasn't even noon yet!! I looked up the rules on the do not call site and if they call after you have been on the registry for more that 31 days, 4/07 was my date, then I can complain and they can be fined up to $16k. Don't know who gets the $$, but if I do, mama wants a new car!!! Anyway, I guess that is my new work-at-home job for at least the next week! I usually get 10 calls a day on the average. If I got $500 a pop, with 10 calls a day, 5 days a week, I could have a decent car paid for in 1 week. Hey, I could have a Ferrari in less that a month!! Or at least, maybe I can get them to stop!! lol Slow down the calls some....??

    Really! I think we should start a movement. Every time we get a sales call, get their company name and phone number, go to your computer and make a complaint. It only takes a minute to complete the complaint. Maybe we can cut down on the calls. I know I am not the only one who wishes they would go away!
    Do you happen to have the number to make the complaints?

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    Robocalls don't like talking to my answering machine. Until an actual person says Hello, I ignore the phone.

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    Another thing you can do, is pick up the phone after it's rung a couple of times, hit the "talk" button, and then hang up! I am SO fed up with these people....and yes, I recognize they are trying to make a living. However, SO AM I!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    I ignore ALL 800 numbers ! If they cannot leave a name and number then I do not want to hear their recording. Hugs PS Thats what answering machines are for.

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    i have one that calls for home security. i got tired of them calling so last night when they called i told them i had for my security were 2 dogs and a gun that is my security. they havent called tonight yet..
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    My husband use to just love the tele-marketers. He would say he was so glad they called, hadn't talked to anyone all day, where the call was from and did they know so and so that lives there on Cedar. (Every town has a Cedar street). After a while of constant babble he would let them tell him about the sell and then he would ask what part of the welfare check did it come from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by momto5 View Post
    Another thing you can do, is pick up the phone after it's rung a couple of times, hit the "talk" button, and then hang up! I am SO fed up with these people....and yes, I recognize they are trying to make a living. However, SO AM I!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This is exactly what I do, as well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by omacookie View Post
    I ignore ALL 800 numbers ! If they cannot leave a name and number then I do not want to hear their recording. Hugs PS Thats what answering machines are for.
    The ones I get don't come from 800 numbers. They are from all over the place. I use the answer/ hang up method to stop the ringing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yngldy View Post
    Really! I think we should start a movement. Every time we get a sales call, get their company name and phone number, go to your computer and make a complaint. It only takes a minute to complete the complaint. Maybe we can cut down on the calls. I know I am not the only one who wishes they would go away!
    For several weeks once I wrote down all the information I could get from my phone, plus date/ time, etc and filed a complaint on the national do not call site. Then I discovered no one does anything with all that info. It is for statistical purposes only.

    On our state(Mass) do not call site I can file a complaint which apparently is an actual criminal complaint. I didn't do that then but I'm at the point of doing it soon.

    Those calls are so irritating.
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    I have learned that if you stay on the line about one minute, it tell you that if you do not wish to have any more calls,
    press (& then it tells me which # to press). I have not had a call since I have done this with several calls.
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    Ditto for sure on that one.

    Quote Originally Posted by omacookie View Post
    i ignore all 800 numbers ! If they cannot leave a name and number then i do not want to hear their recording. Hugs ps thats what answering machines are for.
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    I use only a cell, no land line. Any "private", 800#, or other number I don't recognize is allowed to go to voice mail. I can check the call in a few minutes and if it's something I need to take, I can call them back or listen to the message. Been on the no-call-list for years and I *never* have sales calls!

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    Once when I was in my mid twenties (which was before answering machines and caller ID, I was awakened at 8am on a Saturday morning by the phone ringing. Now, I was a little more wild back then and had been out extremely late with my girlfriends. I raced to the phone as I had older parents. When I answered the phone, a very perky women greeted me. (She OBVIOUSLY had not been out until early morning with her friends!). She was selling cemetery plots. After about 30 seconds of her speel, I interrupted her and told her if she ever called my number again at 8am on a Saturday morning, she was the one who was going to need a cemetery plot! There was dead silence on the other end of the phone and I hung up. Never heard from that company again!
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    I usually just let the answering machine get the call. Sometimes, I hit the talk button, lay the phone down and continue on with whatever I'm doing...watching tv, washing dishes, sewing. Then I eventually hang up the phone. Sure has relieved my stress level to do this. haha I think I said this on here the other day, if they ask for my husband, I tell them I'm just the housekeeper and they hang up on me! haha

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    I've got a couple of companies that call a lot. I getting rudder and rudder. It leaves me upset.
    According to my husband, the companies are local but they've moved the call center off-shore so the call protection plans can't be enforced. And NO I DON"T WANT MY DUCTS CLEANED.
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    Our friends/family call us at our cell phone #s.
    Except for calls from our doctors, the only calls I received on my home phone were telemarketing. Why pay for that?
    So I gave our doctors my cell phone # and decided to have the home phone disconnected. As of May 22, I will have no home phone #.(in this area you have to wait 30 days to have your home phone disconnected)
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    My husband also used to have fun with these callers.
    Now he limits himself to political calls. He can tell who they are and which way they are leaning and answers the opposite of what they would like.
    I hate all these calls. Even the charities. If I want to donate money (which we do) then we contact them; they don't have to call us.
    We get a lot of calls from states! Caller ID will say, "State of Florida" or "State of Oregon". I never knew a state could talk or make a phone call! I wonder what their voices sound like, since I don't pick up! ha-ha

    By the way, Ranger, they are now calling cell phones!

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    Even though I am on the "DO NOT CALL LIST" I get several calls a day....and it's my fault! Banks, credit card companies, insurance companies, etc. have the right to share my information unless otherwise advised.

    To opt out I have to send "Cease & Desist" letters to every company where I have given my information. The notifications come perhaps once a year and are in small print stating the privacy policy of the company and specific address of where to send a cease order. The notices come separately or with a lot of papers along with a bill.(Information has been sold numerous times already.)

    Contests and online ordering also have a box somewhere on the form to check if more information is desired or if you would like to receive special offers from their partners.

    I've done this to myself and now I have to live with it!!!!!

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    I even get calls on my cell phone, which I don't answer. They can still call if they are asking for donations. This doesn't apply to the DoNotCall list. If I want to give a donation, I will call you. My dad will say Huh! What! I can't hear on this phone, let me get the other phone. That's right, he just lays it down and hangs it up when he gets around to it. I hate it when they ask for my husband and won't talk to me. Like he knows how to write a check. But they always want money right now. I say no, you just send me something in the mail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chips88 View Post
    i have one that calls for home security. i got tired of them calling so last night when they called i told them i had for my security were 2 dogs and a gun that is my security. they havent called tonight yet..
    I was getting multiple calls/day from this company. Wrote down all the info. Filed the complaints at the do no call registry site (been listed there since it was first developed). These people were truly making me crazy. Finally called phone company to figure out how to make these calls stop. As it a robo-call, nothing to be done as to blocking numbers, etc. The phone company gave me complaint number for FCC. Called that little man. Very nice. Explained the situation. He said that company is already in their database and under investigation. Also said that since I was actually answering their calls, I was being 'targeted' and would continue to get more and more calls from them. And that is exactly what was happening. His advice (which I have heeded) was to not answer the calls and eventually they would stop. Took a couple of weeks of not answering, but they have stopped...at least for the time being.

    I don't feel that I should have to disconnect my landline to make these people stop calling me! I want my landline!

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    I have a friend who used to listen patiently to all sales/donation calls and then say, "Gosh, I don't know what to do, you'll have to talk to my guardian". They hung up promptly. I just tell them we don't buy/donate to any one who calls on the phone at any time for any reason and they just as well save their breath!

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    If I don' know the number, I don't answer..also, if they don't leave a message, I'm ahead of the game...calls like that are such a kick in the head..I also have been known to pickup phone and hangup...

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt queen View Post
    If I don' know the number, I don't answer..also, if they don't leave a message, I'm ahead of the game...calls like that are such a kick in the head..I also have been known to pickup phone and hangup...
    Definitely the way to go! If the caller can't leave a message, it can't be all that important, can it?
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