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Tue Oct 1, 2013, 05:55 PM

 

Don't try contacting the National Do Not Call Registry

This is the response I got as a result of an email I sent


National Do Not Call Registry
Due to the Government shutdown, we are unable to offer this website service at this time. We will resume normal operations when the government is funded.

Debido al cierre del gobierno no podemos ofrecer este servicio telefónico en este momento. Nosotros reanudaremos el funcionamiento normal cuando el gobierno este fianciado.



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Reply Don't try contacting the National Do Not Call Registry (Original post)
Link Speed Oct 2013 OP
tularetom Oct 2013 #1
Link Speed Oct 2013 #2
TlalocW Oct 2013 #3
tularetom Oct 2013 #5
TlalocW Oct 2013 #6
lynne Oct 2013 #4
SheilaT Oct 2013 #7

Response to Link Speed (Original post)

Tue Oct 1, 2013, 06:04 PM

1. If the Do Not Call Registry disappeared completely I'd never know it

I couldn't tell you how many times I've registered my phone with them.

And I still get daily calls offering to refinance my (nonexistent) mortgage, lower my credit card rate, sell me a home alarm system or a walk in bathtub, extend my subscription to Readers Digest (that I don't have) or get all the viruses out of my Windows computer (which I also don't have).

It's one part of the government that could stay shut down IMO.

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Response to tularetom (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 1, 2013, 06:33 PM

2. I am painfully aware of that

 

We get all of those, too, many times every day.

I have an assistant who is obsessed with those calls and reports every one. She is of the belief that those calls cost us money due to the time she spends answering them. The reality is that her 'solution' probably costs far more than does the 'problem'.

But she is such a sweetheart and so valuable to me that I could never mention it.

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Response to tularetom (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 1, 2013, 06:54 PM

3. I'm on it as well

And get a lot of calls too. However, the combination of working on a computer all day and a ringtone on a smartphone that I really like, allows me some passive-aggressive joy. Phone rings (starts playing the Futurama theme) "Do-do-do-dododooo (humming while typing in the number in Google) Do-do-do-dodododoooo (clicking a link to a website dedicated to tracking telemarketer calls) Do-do-do-dodododooo (reading who it is) Do-do-do-d... Oh, they hung up. Aw."

TlalocW

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Response to TlalocW (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 1, 2013, 07:03 PM

5. If a real person is on the line I begin asking them irrelevant questions

Like where do they live, how many kids do they have, how do they like working in a telemarketing office, anything to keep them on the defensive and prevent them from launching into their spiel. I can keep them going long enough that even the dumbest ones finally realize they aren't going to make a sale and hang up out of frustration.

I'm proudest of the moment when Bill Jones (obviously an alias for some guy in India) told me to go fuck myself after 20 minutes of inability to get in his sales pitch about the virus in my puter.

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Response to tularetom (Reply #5)

Tue Oct 1, 2013, 07:13 PM

6. The best reply to some telemarketers was done by a friend of mine

Mind you, this was back in the mid 90s when phone companies were scrambling to offer internet service... It essentially went like this (jumping into the middle of the conversation after the initial sales pitch from the telemarketer, who was female)

Friend: I don't know... I'm pretty happy with my current phone service. They offer me X cents per minute on the weekends. Do you offer that?
Telemarketer: Yes, sir, we do!
Friend: Oh, really? Well, the other nice thing is that they bundle my phone and internet together into one bill, and I wouldn't want to lose that. Can you do that?
Telemarketer: Yes, sir, we can!

*he rapidly goes through several other things that he knows the phone company offers to condition her to keep saying yes.

Friend: Well, there's also the ten cents a minute phonesex. Do you have that as well?
Telemarketer: Yes si... I'm sorry, what did you say?
Friend: The ten cents a minute phonesex. Do you have that as well?
Telemarketer: *silence*
Friend: So... what are you wearing?
Telemarketer: *hangs up*

TlalocW

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Response to Link Speed (Original post)

Tue Oct 1, 2013, 06:57 PM

4. It makes no difference if you do reach them -

- I've registered and then re-registered and I swear there was an increase in spam calls each time. I've come to the conclusion that someone is hacking their database to confirm good working numbers or else they're selling them to the highest bidder.

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Response to Link Speed (Original post)

Tue Oct 1, 2013, 07:37 PM

7. I wish I'd get real live telemarketers,

 

because then I can tell them they're not supposed to be calling me.

All I ever get anymore are robocalls. No way to tell a recording not to call me again.

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