jump to last post 1-11 of 11 discussions (24 posts)

Combatting Telemarketers

  1. Jonathan Janco profile image80
    Jonathan Jancoposted 5 years ago

    I'm about to get rid of my land line. We get no calls from anyone except telemarketers. And we seem to get them several times an hour. My question is, is it illegal to take a referee whistle and blow it right into his ear? Can I get in trouble for that? Anyone else tempted to do such a thing?

    1. 0
      klarawieckposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I don't think it's illegal but I've found that if you try to make a deal with them they usually stop calling. I tell them that if they buy some of my ebay items, I'll buy whatever they're selling. smile

      1. EmpressFelicity profile image84
        EmpressFelicityposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        :evil grin:

        We did something similar with a pair of door-to-door saleswomen, who were selling this wondrous vacuum cleaner that did everything except make the tea. It was supposed to get rid of not only ordinary household dust, but allergens as well.

        They gave us the spiel and then came the crunch... they told us the price. Which was over £1,000.  For a flaming hoover.

        When my other half and I had stopped laughing, he offered them a deal. He said that if they gave us one of their vacuum cleaners for free, we would rewrite their brochure - again for free, to appeal more to British customers (this was an American firm, which had come across the Atlantic in search of new suckers, er, markets).

        Strangely enough, the dynamic duo couldn't leave the house fast enough after he said that.

        1. 0
          klarawieckposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          I had one of those salesmen come into my house trying to sell the vaccum for close to $1000. It was probably the same firm. I just felt bad for them. They were newcomers to the US and that was the only job they could find. But no, thank you.. I'm very happy with my $80 dirtdevil canister! smile

    2. John Holden profile image61
      John Holdenposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      A friend of mine would keep them on the phone chatting to them for hours,and then tell them what a lovely chat she'd had and put the phone down. When they called back all hot and bothered, deny that they had called the number before.

    3. Ralph Deeds profile image68
      Ralph Deedsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I'm sure it's not. I tell them to fxxk themselves. One in particular keeps calling about getting lower interest rates on credit card balances. Aside from the fact that I don't have any credit card balances my impression is that they are a scam of some sort. I forget what they call themselves Credit Counselors or something like that. Anybody had a call from them. I think their headquarters is in Florida. I'm on the do not call list, but they still keep calling once or twice a week.

      1. Jonathan Janco profile image80
        Jonathan Jancoposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Yeah Ive gotten that co. or something just like it. The thing that really scares me is that my grandmother has colon cancer so we get calls from people who ask for her so we have to memorize the names of the doctors, the companies that deliver her equipment and the companies that provide the inhouse care she occasionally gets because half of the calls she gets are from scammers trying to sell her phony medical cards. Makes me sick. I worked for a telemarketer in college. The first day they trained me on what exactly the scam was, how they profitted from it and how the script I was supposed to stick to was designed to deceive them. And I said, "It's a scam?"
        And as if I was a moron for asking, my boss said, "yeah, all telemarketing is a scam kid."
        Quit that job before the end of the second day.

        1. Ralph Deeds profile image68
          Ralph Deedsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Good for you!

          1. Jonathan Janco profile image80
            Jonathan Jancoposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Well actually, Ralph, it must be written into my biology. On my second day there, I puked every time I made a sale. Just like when I got banned here for a week I actually couldnt live with myself when I read back all of the nasty things I said to people.

  2. Richard Sirota profile image61
    Richard Sirotaposted 5 years ago

    I'm not sure it is illegal but don't quote me. It probably isn't. I used to try and be rational in dealing with telemarketers but the preponerance of calls has wiped that out of me. Recently, as a result of filing out a survey online (foolish) I am now getting phone calls from several companies that I don't want. I tell them to send me their information in the mail so my wife, 2ho is deaf, can follow the offers too. One company called back nd bsically offered to rip them a new one. I think I shocked the poor girl on the other end but she got the messge. Tthe sme company called back the next day with a different (male) operator and I told him the same thing. If I get a third call it is my intention to inform them that they need to contact their legal department as I am now in the process of bringing a lawsuit for harassment against them. They hve no scruples concerning invading your privacy, I feel no need to respect their feelings anymore. Give 'em hell!

  3. CarpetDiem profile image78
    CarpetDiemposted 5 years ago

    There was a great Seinfeld episode where Jerry gave a hard time to a telemarketer. It was very funny, but never really worked for me. My time is too valuable to waste try to waste a telemarketer's time.
    Are you on the do not call list? I think it works pretty well.

    1. Jonathan Janco profile image80
      Jonathan Jancoposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Some companies have do not call lists. But if Im not mistaken, Supreme Court deemed the 'national' do not call list unconstitutional. Which is weird seeing that telemarketers only exist as a means for criminal behavior.

      1. CarpetDiem profile image78
        CarpetDiemposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I haven't heard about the Supreme Court doing that... but I haven't had a land line for a few years. I'll have to google that. I'd be bummed if it was true. sad
        I hate telemarketers... always made me run in from the outside when the phone rang. I hope karma gets them!

        1. CarpetDiem profile image78
          CarpetDiemposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          i just googled [Supreme Court  do not call list]  and it said that in 2004 the Supreme Court ruled the list WAS constitutional... and I didn't see anything newer about that decision changing.

        2. Jonathan Janco profile image80
          Jonathan Jancoposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          I'll have to look that up to, as it may have been the Connecticut courts that did that.

  4. paradigmsearch profile image90
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago

    Telemarketers and spammers are one and the same. The concept of ethics just does not exist for them. There is no solution to this problem that I know of.

  5. thejeffriestube profile image84
    thejeffriestubeposted 5 years ago

    I think if you find where they are located,  take off and nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

    Or, just dump the landline.

  6. RandyRoper profile image59
    RandyRoperposted 5 years ago

    find something to sell to the telemarketers and make millions

  7. RandyRoper profile image59
    RandyRoperposted 5 years ago

    You will now have a new business lol with customers and no need to market your product

  8. paradigmsearch profile image90
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago

    An old one, but a good one. The next time a telemarketer calls just tell them, "Hold on a sec. I'll be right back". Then set the phone down. And never come back.

  9. RedElf profile image86
    RedElfposted 5 years ago

    big_smilebig_smilebig_smilebig_smilebig_smile

    I should give that a shot, but I'm concerned it will tie up my line, and I'll have to keep checking to see if they're gone - kinda like muting the commercials and then having to watch them 'til they end so you don't miss when the program starts again.

  10. 0
    Emile Rposted 5 years ago

    You guys do realize there is a 'do not call' list in the US?  It works. I haven't had but one telemarketing call in three years.  When I pointed out that we were on the list and what they were doing was illegal, they hung up immediately.

  11. thejeffriestube profile image84
    thejeffriestubeposted 5 years ago
    1. Jonathan Janco profile image80
      Jonathan Jancoposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks. Turns out it was the Connecticut courts that deemed the do not call list illegitimate. Must ve been overturned because I went through the State of Connecticut website to make sure they allowed me to register. I still wouldnt mind blowing a whistle in their ear if they call again.

 
working