'Free unlimited calls? My !!!!!' Blog discussion

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  • Old_Wrinkly
    Old_Wrinkly Posts: 5,182 Forumite
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    :D Martin's blog has been censored by the filters :D
  • skintdragon
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    oh good, am pleased you put them straight!
    :mad: Hindsight is a wonderful thing...
    :j One of Mike's Mob! yea!!!
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    DEBT FREE AT LAST... BUT FOR HOW LONG?! :eek:
  • maggie111
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    I had a sales call the other day from someone purporting to be the Telephone Preference Agency. I enjoy a sales pitch so I am not registered with them. The call was obviously sales related and I let it play out, I purposely skipped past the irony that a call blocking company would be calling me and I was waiting for the catch.

    "...It's a £21.99 one off payment"

    I let out a good hearty laugh and they hung up. I didn't even get the chance to berate them for scamming! I don't remember the exact name of their company, but I hope that I am the first and last person who let them finish their sales pitch and if I am not I hope everyone else laughs in their face too. The cheek of it!
    I love surprises!
  • Impet_Limpet
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    It happens to us at work, I work in a hospital, it is extremely irritating when you are waiting for a Dr to respond to an urgent bleep or a response from one of my colleages and you get "Hi, would you like...." ARGH get off my LINE!!!
    :kisses2: Got married September 2011:smileyhea

  • anewman
    anewman Posts: 9,200 Forumite
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    edited 6 September 2010 at 7:48PM
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    Sad fact is Martin said to sign up to TPS to prevent these calls. I got my Mum signed up to TPS and when someone called mentioning the key phrases BT, phone calls, cheaper, and direct debit - she thought she was talking to BT trying to get her to pay her bill by direct debit. She told me about this call, that she gave her bank details, and that she was given a number should she wish to cancel within 14 days. I Googled the number and found it was nothing to do with BT. I have now tried to imprint on her to never ever give details to anyone who calls her, and that if she wants to give details to BT she can call them and she'll know who she's talking to. She called to cancel and I hope that's the last of it.

    These scam companies clearly leave out key information (only revealing details of a monthly charge when prompted) and use key phrases to try lure people in.
  • Amber_Sunshine
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    PMSL though at who they called - couldn't have picked a worse person!
  • flibblesan
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    Sadly, signing up to the TPS does not guarantee to prevent these type of calls. The point of the TPS is to register your number on a national "Do Not Call" list which telemarketing companies are supposed to take notice of, but there are the few that don't bother.
  • anewman
    anewman Posts: 9,200 Forumite
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    flibblesan wrote: »
    The point of the TPS is to register your number on a national "Do Not Call" list which telemarketing companies are supposed to take notice of, but there are the few that don't bother.
    I sometimes wonder if the scamsters use this as a cheap dialling database?
  • Freebyman
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    And unfortunately signing up to the TPS doesnt stop the foreign companies calling you either, which is very annoying.
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  • Paul_Herring
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    Cold Call Woman: “We’re called Connect.”

    I'm coming up with a blank on searching for this company. Martin - could you provide a pointer please?
    Conjugating the verb 'to be":
    -o I am humble -o You are attention seeking -o She is Nadine Dorries
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