What do you do...

@KissThis (3006)
United States
April 16, 2007 11:46am CST
My phone starts ringing around 8:30 in the morning. It is usually a telemarkter. Wanting me to buy this or they have a great new mortgage deal for me. I have signed up for the do not call list and I have politely asked them not to call my number, to remove it from their list. None of this has worked. Do you have any suggestions as to what I should do to end this nightmare?
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@bcote212 (1113)
• United States
16 Apr 07
I used to be a telemarketer, so if anyone knows how to remove your name from a list it is me. dont listen waste your money sending certified letters, that is just going to cost you money. You need to tell the telemarket to remove you from all of their lists. Not many people know, but your name and information is usually on more than one list. For examble that company who is calling you about the home loan, will probably call again with a refinance offer from another company. 99% of the time you are not actually speaking with someone from the company. These are oursoursed agents. Some are from other countrues, some work, at home, but none for for the company that they say that they are from. Remember ask to be removed from all lists and the calls will stop.
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@KissThis (3006)
• United States
16 Apr 07
Thanks for the information. I knew that I was talking to the same people most of the time but they were calling with different offers. I just assumed that they had one list.
@vokey9472 (1488)
• United States
16 Apr 07
I used to be a telemarketer in one of my many jobs from my youth. We had tons of lists and just asking to be removed is not always going to work. For instance, sometimes we would call on behalf of organizations that people belong to. We couldn't take a name of that list as it was a roster of the members. In those cases we had to tell the people to ask their organization to take them off the call list. I learned back then, and things change so it may not be true now, to always send a certified letter to the company on whose behalf the telemarketer was calling for and ask to be removed from call lists. Also, my hubby told me that if you tell people that you are on the National Do Not Call list, they almost always apologize and you never hear from them again. But charitable orgainizations and political solicitators can still call you as they do not have to abide by the DO NOT CALL lists, as per my hubby.
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@KissThis (3006)
• United States
16 Apr 07
Thanks Vokey, this is information people like me need to know. Your helping out alot of people by sharing all this.
@natalie1981 (2000)
• Singapore
29 Apr 07
telemarketers - please make them go away
Oh I HATE telemarketers. They bother me at work! When I answer the phone and I know it's a telemarketer, I just cut them off and say I'm not interested right off the bat. There was one who was cheeky and asked me why. I said because I don't and I hung up. The nerve. There's no use being polite because some of them wouldn't even let you get a word in. What I do with those kind of telemarketers is I just hang up. I've come across some sites that lists some comebacks to telemarketers. It's funny:http://www.bankrate.com/brm/news/advice/20040122b1.asp http://www.jibjab.com/jokebox/jokebox/jibjab/id/627126/jokeid/138050
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@KissThis (3006)
• United States
29 Apr 07
Thanks for sharing the website Natalie. That was very thoughtful of you. I greatly appreciate it.
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• Singapore
29 Apr 07
No prob! Keep posting!
@vokey9472 (1488)
• United States
16 Apr 07
I always interrupt them and ask for the mailing address of their company. If they refuse to give it to me, I ask for a supervisor and repeat my request. Once I have the address, I ask them to remove me from their call lists and inform them that I will be sending a certified letter to their corporate offices. Then I just send a nice letter requesting that I be removed from their lists and that if they call again after receiving my letter, I will consider it harrassment and take all legal actions available to me against them. Then I mail it certified with signature receipt required. I almost never hear from them again.
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@KissThis (3006)
• United States
16 Apr 07
That is an excellant idea. Thank you so much.
@stormygrl (763)
• United States
16 Apr 07
Do you have privacy manager ? If not try to get this it helps cutdown on alot of these calls. We sometimes get the toll free calls that come through but most of the time it has helped a great deal to not recieve these type of calls.Also make sure you tell them to remove your name and number from their list, if you say don't call me they can still keep you on their list.
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@KissThis (3006)
• United States
19 Apr 07
Ok I will probrally sound dumb but what is a privacy manager?
• United States
16 Apr 07
Hmm I think you should look into the legalities of this. I'm fairly sure I remember reading somewhere that if you tell them not to call you anymore that you can sue them if they do anyway. I know I only had one place call me back. The first time I asked to be taken off their call list. Second I asked what happened to my request to be taken off the list and they acted like whoever called the first time just didn't log in my request. The third time I got tough asking to speak to a supervisor and more information like an address saying that if I got one more call I would sue the pants off of them. They didn't call back! I know they're just doing their jobs and I don't want to be ugly to them but when polite asking fails I don't mind using FIRM polite "this is how it's going to be" language either. You have rights. Don't let them walk all over them.
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@castleghost (1304)
• United States
6 May 07
When a telemarkter calls my house I often ask who they are. After the tell me I then ask if I had requested them to call my house. Thats when they get all flustered and don't know what to say. While I know that their just doing their job I get so annyed that I decided I might as well have some fun at their expense.