How Do You Get Rid of Annoying Telemarker Calls ???

United States
December 12, 2006 11:41am CST
We just moved and got a new phone number, unfortunately it has come with it share of telemarker calls, we get them all day long starting very early in the morning, some of recorded messages, others are people selling everything from cable television to electricity, how can we get across to these ppl that we are not interested and to please not to contact us, any suggestions?
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35 responses
• United States
12 Dec 06
I always try to sell them something back like my vehicle or a dvd or whatever comes to mind. I get them to hang up on me and they don't call back :)
@amy0214 (1513)
• United States
16 Dec 06
Thats a cool idea. I might have to try that.
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@gigarange (1165)
• United States
3 Jan 07
that's a cool idea. I might try that next time.
@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
12 Dec 06
NATIONAL DO NOT CALL REGISTRY - https://www.donotcall.gov/default.aspx
If you are in the United States, there is a National Do Not Call Registry, which is managed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), part of the government's Consumer Protection Agency. Once you register your phone number with the registry, the telemarketers have 31 days to remove your number from the list and stop calling you. If they continue to call, you can file a report and they will be liable for penalties and fines. You can get all of the information and register online at:https://www.donotcall.gov/default.aspx
• United States
16 Jan 07
this is the best option and risk free, you can try it. i also enrolled my number earlier to this site and got immediate effect. i am sure they won't call you again if yo register with national donotcall registry.
@dalilac1 (862)
• United States
12 Dec 06
We had the same problem after our move, I registered our phone number with the do not call registry to block telemarketers and I also turned on the anonymous call rejection, this way if it is an unlisted or unblocked number they can not get through. Try looking into these options I know how annoying it gets to be;)
@Ravenladyj (22940)
• United States
3 Jan 07
yea we're on the Do Not Call Registry as well and it works wonders actually
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• United States
14 Dec 06
I'd like to know the same thing. They totally plagued my phoneline where I used to live, and now after having moved more than halfway across the country and having a new phone number, they continue to plague me some more. Plus there are even more calls than before. I'd say I'm not totally sure how they even get my number, but I think a lot of it has to do with things I sign up for on the internet. That, and I have a suspicion that businesses (like doctors, credit card companies, etc.) sell your number. I'd really like to know how to get rid of them, though - "do not call" lists never seem to work for me.
@bethack52 (407)
• United States
18 Dec 06
Most of the time i dont answer them but if i do i just tell them I dont buy or sell over the phone and to take me off the list!
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• United States
18 Dec 06
I have done that, but they call back the next day as though I never said anything to them
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@amy0214 (1513)
• United States
16 Dec 06
I just hang up on them
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• United States
16 Dec 06
Yes, that is what I have been doing also, thank you for contributing
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@nhtpscd (1418)
• Australia
18 Dec 06
I too had this problem but it slowed down a lot. I don't know if you are aware but alot are recorded or listened to by management. I got really fed up and started saying things like before we start can I please have the address details of the company you work for so I can bill them for my time....I will continue if someone will come and look after my kids...I must have been taken off the data bases as I get less than 1/4 of them now
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• United States
16 Dec 06
i know here in illinois we have the "National DoNot Call Registry.com" you enter in your home phone number,cell number and they will block the calls. The only calls that will go through is numbers that you gave to chargecards,businesses. You could try it,it's free to register. Good luck!
@deebomb (15323)
• United States
16 Dec 06
telephone - This regestry works
This registry works for me haven’t had a call since I registered both cell and land phone on it. No guarantee but it helps sttp://www.fcc.gov/cgb/donotcall/
• United States
13 Dec 06
tell them to stop calling
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@caribe (2465)
• United States
23 Dec 06
Get on the "Do Not Call" list as soon as possible.
@caribe (2465)
• United States
23 Dec 06
Years ago I would pretend that I couldn't hear them and ask them to repeat what they said; then I would say something similar but enough different that they thought I couldn't hear them. They would get tired of it and hang up. I don't know if it would still work or not.
@soldenski (2504)
• United States
16 Jan 07
I put our phone number's on the national do not call list. It work's like magic. We do not get any telemarketer's the only annoying one's are when election time come's, and then I even have Arnold calling me lol
• United States
5 Jan 07
My husband likes to activate my personal alarm into the telephone receiver. Some of them are glutton for punishment enough to continue calling back, especially the Indianapolis News...they must not wear headphones, lol.
@rmulrean (21)
• United States
5 Jan 07
register with the "Do not call registry" Then make some money!!!
@diansinta (7551)
• Indonesia
4 Jan 07
yes, pretty annoying. in that case i just say that im not interesting, and hang up.
@mirage108 (3403)
• United States
4 Jan 07
Well I just ignor the 1-800 number that is where the call's usually come from if it is a real person the answering maching will get it and I can then call them back if needed.
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
4 Jan 07
1) Put your phone number on the FTC's Do-Not-Call listing. This gets rid of all of them except charities and politicians. (They do have 30 days to update their records and stop calling you.) 2) Use your voice mail or answering machine to screen ALL incoming calls. We use an answering machine and turn off the ringer on our phone (my husband sleeps days) so the machine answers the phone and we will hear it if we are home. If it is someone we want to talk to, we either pick it up IF we are there and awake OR we call them back. Only the politicians leave messages and we can listen or dump them as we like.
@SK401001 (934)
• United States
3 Jan 07
There are 8 simple words to use to get rid of them "put me on your do not call list" after that they have to end the conversation immidietly and can't call you back...
@viognier (15)
• United States
3 Jan 07
Hey, try this link for the Texas No Call List. It should help reduce the problem. Good luck! http://www.texasnocall.com/
@viognier (15)
• United States
3 Jan 07
Yeah, I can't believe those recorded messages are effective, who would listen? Here's my suggestion for the live ones. Have fun with it. Good evening, may I speak with... If you’re like me, and most of your friends have given up on calling, because you screen your calls, or because you never agree to go out anywhere, then probably most of your incoming calls will be from telemarketers. One friend instructs telemarketers and weirdos, which may strike some readers as redundant, to hang up during her telephone answering machine message. All others may begin to speak so that she can identify the voice, and then make an informed decision. There is no reason for so much dread and trepidation. They call because they have something they want to offer you, a gift, kind of. And they are people persons, after all. Who else but a people person would agree to call strangers and talk to them, or read to them? But wouldn’t taking such a call be a little less immediately off-putting if they tried a tiny bit harder to pronounce our names correctly? I’ll concede that my name is not phonetically spelled, and it does amuse to be addressed as Miss Simile. My standard reply is "Sorry no one here by THAT name.". Or "That’s not how I pronounce it, try again". But I’d hate for people to pick up my bad habits, so here’s a better way. Instead of "No thank you, no thank you, no thank you….", which we all know doesn’t work, treat them as you would a friend, a friend calling long distance . Engage them in a little friendly chit chat. Oh sure this may break their rhythm, cause them to lose their place in the script. But you’re an individual and you deserve to be treated as such. They’ll soon forget they were trying to sell you something when they realize that you are genuinely interested in them. "Where are you calling from?" is always a good icebreaker, although their location may be apparent from their accent. "What time is it there is my favorite follow-up query, for telemarketers or anyone at the other end of my phone, local or otherwise. By now they should be trying to conclude the phone call. If you are lucky and fast you might get a couple of closers in. "Is it the beginning or the end of your shift?" I like to vary this with the ever reliable "Yeah, I hate Mondays too". Or "Thank God it’s Friday". material. "What’s your favorite color?" a great utility question that can be used anywhere in your routine. And when you are ready to hear that gratifying phone slam and dial tone, "Did you see Dilbert today"?