jamesbrownontheroad wrote: »
International cold calling continues because it's still economically viable. If each agent can make (say) 200 cold calls a day they'll be hitting enough volume to ensnare at least one person.
All you have to do is make it economically unviable by wasting the cold callers time.
When you answer, sound extremely interested, and tell them you're just going to put the phone done to get a pen/turn the radio off/close the door. Then walk away. Leave them there, hanging on. Come back ten minutes later and hang up.
If everyone did this, it would soon be too much of a nuisance to make nuisance calls.
joneeboy wrote: »
Those of you who talk to these numbers are not being clever. You only making a rod for your own back, because if you identify yourself as an individual, your number will continue to be sold on to others around the world. You should wait for callers to identify themselves. Give them a few sconds. If they do not, say nothing.Just put the phone down! If it is important, or someone you know, they will call again,especially if you have told all your friends and relatives to say who they are when they call you.
I agree wholeheartedly. These companies appear to have software that polls telephone numbers at random & if the call is answered I've come to the conclusion that voice-recognition software is used to recognize a viable target. If you have a phone that displays the caller's number & you see 'International', some premium-rate number or an 08*** type number, pick the phone up & just listen - do NOT say anything, don't even breathe. If you hear someone foreign saying 'Hello? Hello?' you know it's a call centre - leave the handset on the table/desk for a couple of minutes then replace it. If voice-recognition software is being used, you'll hear the 'number unobtainable' tone after just a few seconds. The idea is to give them absolutely nothing to go on & no encouragement to hope for a better outcome next time. We get on average about 1 call every couple of days & they are getting progressively less frequent.
MothballsWallet wrote: »
Invest in an orbital laser cannon that can track phone calls back to their source, and then vapourise the caller's building to atoms... Simples (Okay, I'm being sarcastic.)
savemoney wrote: »
Only way I have found to stop unwanted calls is get the device called truecall.
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