dors01 wrote: »
The thing I love to do to cold callers is if they are selling a physical item such as an upgraded phone or what ever it may be, I like to think of seriously ridiculous questions to ask about it for example I had a phone call at work offering me an upgraded phone and the guy was from India or somewhere and I asked him all about the phone things such as what the dimensions were what countries could it call, did it have a number 3 on it, how many buttons were there in total on the hand set, I think you get the picture.
Then the best way to finish is to say your not happy with something totally ridiculous such as you only want a handset with x number of buttons or you really want the deal if they can deliver in 12 minutes.
The people who make the calls are reading from stupid scripts
Oldbaldwiser wrote: »
As someone who has subscribed to the TPS service (which as you say seems to work well apart from the auto diallers) I am annoyed that when using comparasion websites recently for car insurance (specifically the one that involves little furry animals) I slipped up and instead of my usual practice of putting in a nonsense phone number into the "*required field box" I inadvertently put in my home number although I did tick the appropriate boxes showing that I only wanted to be contacted by email and not by post or phone.
Imagine then my surprise that within seconds of the quote results appearing on screen my house phone started to ring with the "withheld number" display on answering it was a female from the AA Insurance chasing business
KTM_Gordo wrote: »
I've had this too, from another comparison site for the "bewildered". I use unique e-mail addresses every time I need to give one, so I can see who's been passing it on.
LeeSouthEast wrote: »
I use exclusively VOIP at home, and have about 6 "home phone" numbers, of varying importance in my dial plan, different call groups, routes, hours of operation, etc. etc.
I specifically have one number that is a "throwaway" number used for web forms, competitions, online orders, etc. It never rings any phone in the house, but gets dumped straight to voicemail after a quick notification that if they want to contact me on this number they must leave a message as the number will never be answered by a human. It provides much amusement to watch the 20-odd attempted marketing type calls come to it each and every day from 5am to 11pm! Strangely, the only messages ever left on it tend to be order delivery updates... no one else bothers
burky1959 wrote: »
My dad was cold called by a rep from virgin, he wears 2 hearing aids and agreed to their better deal. But didnt tell any of us what he had done, it wasnt until about 2 months later when he said he had recieved a bill from them for £120.00 a month, when I contacted them, they said he was now tied into an agreement with them. Part of this package was £36.00 a month for Broadband (he doesnt even have a computer) after several weeks and making several complaints, we cancelled, but he had to pay them over £300.00, believe it or not £60.00 was to deactivate his phone line for the Broadband he didnt have. A absolute rip off, I now believe they prey on the older generation. I made my complaint official in writing but to this day have not recieved a reply. and my dad, he wants no fuss, but has now lost all his confidence answering his own phone.
flibblesan wrote: »
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.
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