Monday, April 1, 2019

THOSE PESKY SALES CALLS!

By Mary Kennedy                                                       
 

I admit it, these sales calls are getting me stressed, frazzled and exhausted! How about you? I know I should just ignore them and delete them at a later date, but they interrupt my train of thought and I can't concentrate with that irritating ringing. 

Both the landline...                                                    

And the cell...
                                                                                 
I'd like to think there was some easy solution. In the beginning, we all thought that signing up for the DO NOT CALL list would do the trick. Hah! I know better now. I've signed up over and over and I still get irritating voices trying to entice me to buy products I don't need or want. 

                                                                                  

Here are some solutions my pals have come up with (besides the obvious one of just not answering the phone.)

One friend said she has gotten rid of calls by simply picking up the phone, holding it silently for however long it takes the telemarketer to hang up. (usually 10 seconds.). Try it and see what you think.

Another friend keeps a small tape recorder by the phone and plays the sound of a fax machine when she recognizes a spam number on her caller ID. I haven't tried this but it's intriguing. I wonder if it works.

Another friend picks up the phone, pretends to be a real estate agent and tells the caller that the party no longer lives there.

Another friend complained to her provider and a big chunk of the robocalls disappeared.

Hmm. What do you think? Would any of these techniques work, or do you have a better solution? I'm open for suggestions!

Gratefully yours, Mary Kennedy


5 comments:

Tonette Joyce said...

Last week I received a robo call from "the IRS". I called them back at what was obviously the Indian branch of the service (!)and gave them holy heck. THEY blocked ME! (BTW, the caller ID said "Illinois", but that was phony)

ccl said...

My friends and family call my cell. I have a recorder on my home phone and 90% of the callers just hang up and don't even leave a message (which indicates they are spam/telemarketers) If I'm home, I listen to see if someone talks and I don't pick up unless I know who is calling and want to answer. On my cell phone, I have an ATT security application that identifies most spam/telemarketer calls. It brings up a screen that says suspected spam or suspected telemarketer and I just decline the call. It has really made a huge difference. One group that ATT doesn't identify is a group of telemarketers who's prefix is the same as my cell number. After answering about a dozen of them, I know that any calls that come in with that prefix are going to be that telemarketer and I decline the call. It is a waste of time to try to block the numbers because they have banks of hundreds of numbers and they just call you on a different one each time. And you're right about the Do Not Call being useless.

Lizz said...

I use this service. I get some hilarious recordings of telemarketers and scammers chatting with my robots... https://jollyrogertelephone.com/

87Jaglovet said...

On m’y land line, I used all the recommendations given by Verizon to limit these calls plus I also use nomorobo which is free for a landline phone. I never answer either phone unless I know who is calling. I am really strict about keeping my cell phone contacts phone numbers up to date. I never answer either phone unless a person’s name is displayed. The only exception would be if I were expecting a repair or service or medical person to call. I never answer calls with the same number prefix as my own numbers as they are all spam calls. Because of my diligence in this area, I have gotten less & less calls.

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