How do you get rid of telemarketers?

@bonbon664 (3480)
Canada
February 4, 2007 12:49pm CST
I seem to get the phone calls from telemarketers right at dinner time, how do you get them off the phone?
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• United States
4 Feb 07
Do you have caller id? If not you should get it on your house phone. I only answer calls that I know. That way you don't answer unwanted calls.
@crazynurse (7510)
• United States
4 Feb 07
I am supposedly on the 'no call list,' but I still receive calls. They usually start with how are you today. RAther than give them the usual, "I'm fine," I go into a long list of my ailments. I speak very rapidly such that they can't get a word in edgewise. I may say something like, "Oh God, I'm so glad you asked. I have been having a terrible problem with my arthritis. These cold days have it acting up terribly. When I first wake up I can hardly move my fingers. Then as if that isn't enough, these hemmroids..." I keep on until they hang up! Now, if they don't start with a 'how are you today?" then I listen until there is a chance for my response. They usually will ask something along the way requring my response. At this point, I ask them to marry me or some other ridiculous comment. I keep this up until they get frustrated and hang up!
@bonbon664 (3480)
• Canada
4 Feb 07
LMAO...I would love to see the look on their faces hearing all that.
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@shywolf (4523)
• United States
4 Feb 07
It is especially annoying when they call at mealtime or when you are getting ready to go out, I swear. I find too, like some other people that replied to you here, that just hanging up on them is what I would do. Then if they call back, either don't answer or just hang up again. Some of them can be really persistent, but most will get the clue and not call back. The first time I registered my family's phone number with the do not call registry, it seemed to work really well for about a year, but we get all kinds of calls again lately. I tried signing up for it again, and I'm not sure yet if it helped, but you can always try. It doesn't take much time at all. Others here have already posted the link for you, I think, but it is at www.donotcall.gov - good luck! ^_^
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• United States
4 Feb 07
I tell them I'm not interested, bye and hang up. They seems to love to call at inconvenience times.
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@wolfie34 (26877)
• United Kingdom
4 Feb 07
Once I was told about this tip from a friend to deal with telemarketers, ask who they want to speak to, then say, they are in the garden, tell them you will go and get them, put the phone down, and then go and make yourself a coffee or carry on eating. Then return to the phone, if they are still there say he's coming! Then put the phone down again and return after about 5 minutes, most of the time they would have hung up themselves, or if they are stubborn and still hanging on, tell them you've got a big garden and it takes a while for them to get to the phone! Failing that I just tell them sorry I'm busy, goodbye. The best thing to do is to unplug your phone when you are eating! That's what my mum does! Whenever she has been slaving over the dinner in the kitchen, 5 minutes before she is due to dish up she tells my father to take the phone out, so they are not disturbed, once they have eaten their dinner, the phone goes back in! Some choices for you there! I like mum's idea the best! That way you don't get caught, you are not rude and you eat your dinner in peace without worrying if the phone is going to ring!
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@bonbon664 (3480)
• Canada
6 Feb 07
Great idea, I want to mess with their minds....LOL
@winky73 (1396)
• United States
4 Feb 07
I worked as a Telemarketer for a short time.....worst job I ever had.They teach them to be a little more persistent and to not take no for a answer.The best way to deal with it....just say"not interested" and hang up.The longer you stay on the phone the more they will talk....after all they work on comission and a sale means more money.So cut them of and don't try to be to polite about it....they called you without your permission.
@bonbon664 (3480)
• Canada
4 Feb 07
I hate to be rude...but, I guess I'll have to be from now on.
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
4 Feb 07
Take a minute to do a search using myLot search. Some one posted a great disucssion on just that subject and they had an excellent solution. I didn't bookmark it though so I have forgotten who posted it. Worth looking up though.
@bonbon664 (3480)
• Canada
4 Feb 07
Thank you, I'll do that.
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@nayand (169)
4 Feb 07
It's easy. Before they start, you start questioning them, like how they got your number and all absurd questions. In the end tell them to remove your number from their list.
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@bonbon664 (3480)
• Canada
4 Feb 07
My husband asks for their number, and says he'll call them back. Of course they never want to give it out.
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@Geminigirl (1909)
• United States
4 Feb 07
I hang right up on them and do not feel bad about it. They are violating my privacy.
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@bonbon664 (3480)
• Canada
4 Feb 07
I always try to be polite, and say "I'm not interested", and they go into their pitch anyway.
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@simplysue (631)
• United States
4 Feb 07
I just say "Thank you but I'm not interested." and hang up. They don't get another word in and I haven't been rude.
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@marty3888 (2359)
• United States
4 Feb 07
Actually, you don't. The best you can do is screen your calls; if not all the time, at least at times that you don't want to be bothred like dinnertime. If you let the answering machine get it, most of the time they hang up anyway. of coarse putting your phone number on that list helps alot, but not all. As long as the law says it's ok there's nothing much you can do.
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• United States
4 Feb 07
Hang up on them. Tell them they have the wrong number. Tell them the person they're asking for doesn't live here.
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@smrohitsm (233)
• India
4 Feb 07
Its easy, just make them extremely unconfortable... If the person calling is of opposite gender, then ask what he/she is waaring right now. or some other suggestive question. If its of same gender, then ask if he/she is G*Y!! :D tht person is not gonna talk to u for long. Also as said above, telling them about ur problems in detail is pretty good too. :D. Just annoy them. happy talkin :D
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• United States
4 Feb 07
Join the National Do Not Call list, after about a month you will not receive another telemarketer call. It is wonderful I know the only time my phone rings it is people I want to talk to. I beleive if you contact your phone company they can help you get on the list.
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@mdilan (803)
• United States
4 Feb 07
My mom gave to me a phone number, and I registered mine, but they kept calling, it was a waste of time. I know, it is very annoying. There are several websites though that help you to report them. But make sure you write down everything: company name, name of operator, time, and others.
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@dana234 (2126)
• Spain
5 Feb 07
I just politely tell them that I´m busy, they obviously carry on talking and asking me questions to keep me on the line, so I tell them that they are wasting their time with me and hang up.
• United States
5 Feb 07
First off, I screen calls. They ring 3 times, and then most of them hang up. If I happen to pick up, and one is there, I don't let them start talking, as they go non stop. I just say, this is not a good time, I am sorry, good bye, and hang up. I don't want to be rude, but it is their job to keep you on the line.
@nzinky (822)
• United States
5 Feb 07
The best way to get rid of a telemarketer at dinner time is to say I'm sorry I'm eating dinner and I can't take this call now......You can tell them when a good time to call you or say this, "Please Don't Call Here Anymore." Once you do that and they call back you can have them arrested for harassment.....I know I used to work as a telemarketer...
@Jestin (560)
• Philippines
5 Feb 07
If you live in America, you can call 411 and ask the toll free number for the Do Not Call List. Call that number and ask for your number to be on the list. It will permanently take you off the database of telemarketing companies so you will not get any phone calls from them anymore unless you asked for it.
@mansha (6301)
• India
5 Feb 07
I just cut the phone as soon as I hear, I am speaking from such and such. They may find it rude but they never call back again. If they do so I just read the number and switch off my phone. I do not waste my time with them. Once I told them , Oh I am working with so and so , so if I buy yours will you buy mine. It was so funny , the telemarketer finally cut the call.