We are getting more telemarketing calls since retirement

@suspenseful (40316)
Canada
November 6, 2008 5:16pm CST
For the last month or so, everyday we have gotten more calls from credit card companies, rug cleaners, contests we supposedly entered for take a trip to some exotic island, etc. We never got that many when my husband was working and since he worked the afternoon shift, I was home during the evenings and most of the days, when the telemarketing calls come. But never got that many. NOw we are getting them every day, and sometimes three or four a day. I wonder to the telemarketers have a pipeline to the pension office?
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
7 Nov 08
That's one advantage of living in a foreign country. If I get one, which is rare, I tell them they must speah English, so I guess I get erased from their data base. You, or your husband must have given your phone number on an application, of even something requesting information, and that has been on-sold to telemarketing companies. Do you have an to erase these lists?
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@GardenGerty (99268)
• United States
7 Nov 08
With the economy slowing down, they are pushing harder and harder. It seems that we go through spells when we get a lot of calls and then spells when there are none. Of course, with caller ID we do not answer if we do not want to.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
7 Nov 08
Ir is going to get worse and not for us retired people, but for the rest of society with all those people getting laid off now that Obama wants to close the coal burning plants, GM laying off more people, and the spiral goes downward. It happened up here in Canada in the 1990s when the big businesses laid off people. Many of them became telemarketers.
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@cream97 (29169)
• United States
6 Nov 08
Welcome to the club! I have received many unwanted calls myself.. It really is very aggravating. Especially on my cell phone.. On my home number, I don't have to worry about this.. So far, out number has not been an number that has been used. We do have had an couple of calls that came in.. But not too much.. These calls may be coming in just to get money out of you, since you have retired. That is the way that it is with the telemarketers.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
7 Nov 08
I figure that much. I just gave my cell phone to my sons and no one else, so most of the telemarketing calls comes to our home phone. And I bet every time you get a call on your cell phone you are charged. Right? I did not work hard nor did my husband to just hand some company our money.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
7 Nov 08
No ya either on a phne list where they call auto maticly for the telemarketer to talk to you or they are going thru the phone book I know I have done both!
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
7 Nov 08
I figure they are going through the phone book, or someone notices that we are at home longer. I guess I will have to go out more often.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
8 Nov 08
Going out wont stop them they can call from 9am till 9 pm
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
9 Nov 08
That is the trouble. I should see about getting on that do not call list.
@CanadaGal (4304)
• Canada
7 Nov 08
I've stayed at home with my children for all of their lives, and I too have noticed that there have been more telemarketing calls lately than ever before, especially in the last few months. And I have it figured out why... at least why it's that way in the last couple of months... There is now that "Do Not Call" list here in Canada, and telemarketing companies are not allowed to call people who are on the list. I'm sure a LOT of people have signed up, and therefore, that shortens the list of people they can legally call without getting fined. I finally signed up to be on the DNC list a few days ago, after getting yet another telemarketing call that ticked me off. Here's the link to get the info you'll need to sign up: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/DNCL/brochure_consumer.htm It took me a few seconds to put my home number and cell number on the list. I have 31 days before it's official, and my number stays on the list for 3 years. At that time I need to put it back on the list. I highly recommend you add your number to it too.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
9 Nov 08
I am thinking of that do not call list. The trouble is that we are expecting calls from companies offering home improvement, especially for the handicapped. So if there were a way to specify those allowed to call, we would.
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@CanadaGal (4304)
• Canada
9 Nov 08
Thank you for best response. :) Unless those agencies you're hoping to hear from are also charitable organizations, you're right, you can't have them as exceptions.
@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
8 Nov 08
LOL! It surely does SEEM that way, at times! I happen to know Austin is a huge market testing area, & I KNOW I get more than MY share of junk mail, surveys, polls, et al. But since I'm retired, I have the time, & don't mind the odd survey, especially. I hear the internet is the new home of telemarketers, & it does seem likely. It's a lot cheaper & faster, & there are so many prohibitions now against unsolicited calls--even some gummint program, I heard, to stop them. It's really not a pet peeve of mind, but I can well understand how it would bug the poojies off of another person. ("Poojies" is a word an old friend of mind made up. I THINK ... anyhow, I always liked it. LOL!) Maggiepie
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
9 Nov 08
Junk mail I can throw away, but it is the telephone solicitors that I cannot stand. We have enough credit cards, and with the junk mail, we can read it, but with the telephone solicitors even though my husband asks them not to call, that we are on a fixed income (excluding of course what I make on the net which is not much(, and cannot afford anything we have not asked for.
@bilbyl (13)
• United States
7 Nov 08
Hi,Bilbyl here.I used to be one of those people,and I hated it,I did not last long.I don't know how they get their list,but they give a group of people all these names,and you sit in this little room,and call,and you have to read a pre written script. They are supposed to update those sheets after use,but the turnover is huge,and these people are not trained,so ometimes the list does not get marked. The only thing they respond to is 'take me off your call list'they are not allowed to suggest that,and if you just hang up or tell them no or worse,they just mark you as a no and call back another time. Just a little tip. Lisa
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
9 Nov 08
I will have to get on it, but there are some calls that we want. If there were a do not call list for certain things, like do not call if you want to sell us a vacuum cleaner, unless it is about home improvement, unless it is for a charity, or whatever, that I would be happy with.
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
7 Nov 08
Does Canada have a "Do Not Call List" you can sign up for? I signed up here and the calls went away, it was great..But then I started getting many political calls right before the election, so I guess it doesn't stop all the annoying calls..
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
7 Nov 08
Oh the telemarketers are smart here. Many of the calls come from India and they pretend to be Canadians. That way they can get away with calling you.
@subha12 (18453)
• India
7 Nov 08
it is in increase in all countries i guess. in our place also, we get many calls day by day. at time sit increases so much
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@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
7 Nov 08
I wander the very same thing. that is why I keep my phone turned off alot of times ro tell people a secret ring for a certain number of times, hang up and call back, so I know who it is. I don't have caller ID.
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@successlog (3172)
• China
7 Nov 08
Hello friend, yes, now, more and more companies has focused on the service for the ones who have retired from work at home.They have found this will become a big market in the near future due to the whole society is getting older and older.there are more and more old people retired from their work.so more and more business companies and shops think it must be a very big potential to promote their goods or service to these people through telemarketing calls.Maybe sometimes we feel boring to get so many telemarketing calls,of course, we can accept some useful ones or deny some unuseful ones to ourselves.It is mnust my opinion. have a good time.