How to end an unwanted conversation with a telemarketer?

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  1. stricktlydating profile image83
    stricktlydatingposted 10 years ago

    How to end an unwanted conversation with a telemarketer?

  2. JimTxMiller profile image76
    JimTxMillerposted 10 years ago

    Avoid them calling you in the first place. Put yourself on a "do not call" list.

    1. Seeker7 profile image81
      Seeker7posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Jim, I'm on a 'do not call list' but you get companies who just ignore them - I still get loads of crappy sales calls.

  3. BLACKANDGOLDJACK profile image73
    BLACKANDGOLDJACKposted 10 years ago

    "Take this phone number off your list. Do not call again."

    Then I terminate the call.

    Works for me.

    1. stricktlydating profile image83
      stricktlydatingposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Great idea thanks! And I enjoy reading everyone's responses too!

  4. MickS profile image61
    MickSposted 10 years ago

    Once you have ascertained that this person who has been rude enough to invade your privacy with an unwanted call, you can then be as rude as you like, do not give the caller time to speak, finish the call by saying - don't call this number again - then cut the call.

    1. MickS profile image61
      MickSposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      One of their favourite openings is, 'sorry to bother you', my answer is, 'no you're not, if you were sorry, you wouldn't have been so rude as to bother me'.

    2. Seeker7 profile image81
      Seeker7posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Oh I like this reply - I'll need to try it¬

  5. profile image0
    JThomp42posted 10 years ago

    It may sound rude, but just hang up the phone. Or ask them their home number so you can call them back. smile

  6. Goody5 profile image60
    Goody5posted 10 years ago

    Simply hang the phone up!

  7. janshares profile image94
    jansharesposted 10 years ago

    Three sure ways to end it:

    #1 - Don't answer the phone. You can tell when it's a telemarketer by the time of day they call and the number of rings before they hang up. If it's someone legit, they will leave a message.

    #2 - Do you notice that there's silence in the beginning of the call when you say 'hello,' usually when they are putting on the recording device? Hang up then, usually within the first two seconds of the call. That will end it before it starts.

    #3 - If you're not quick enough to hang up in those first two seconds, go ahead and let them get through one sentence of their little spiel, then interrupt by saying,
    "I appreciate the call, but I'm not interested, thank you for calling, good-bye." Hang -up.

    1. stricktlydating profile image83
      stricktlydatingposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Some good tips Janshares.  I've tried not answering a company who was calling me previously, but they keep me on some kind of dial back system, continually calling me! So annoying!

    2. Seeker7 profile image81
      Seeker7posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I agree stricktlydating, I have an answering machine and there are some companies who keep dialling my number every few seconds to force me to pick up!

  8. Bonnie-Jean Rohne profile image59
    Bonnie-Jean Rohneposted 10 years ago

    I usually mention that I am on the no-call list. If they persist in calling me, I report them - and tell them I did.
    One great idea I heard of is when a telemarketer calls, you ask them to hold on while you answer the door - then leave the phone off the hook and go have dinner.

    1. stricktlydating profile image83
      stricktlydatingposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      That's a good tip! Thanks!

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    Sarra Garrettposted 10 years ago

    What I do is to pretend that the telemarketer just called a crime scene.  I ask them how they know Ms. X, when was the last time they spoke, where are they so I can send a deputy to interview them.  It works and they never call back and most poop in their pants.

    Remember, the Do Not Call list has to be updated on a yearly basis.

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    Sam Gurschickposted 10 years ago

    Unless the telemarketer is cold calling from a phone book, then it is you who initiated the "business". Likely by filling something out online and small print  gave permission for your information to be sold to telemarketers. When this happens the national Do Not Call no longer applies because you started business dealings with the company.

    Don't just hang up the the phone, this does little good because telemarkers work with an auto dial program. The program will just call you back at some point. Request to be placed on the company's internal do not call list.

    1. stricktlydating profile image83
      stricktlydatingposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Yes I think that's what's happened to me!

    2. Express10 profile image83
      Express10posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      You are absolutely right Sam.

    3. Becky Katz profile image81
      Becky Katzposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      They now have computers that cold call, dialing any assigned number. When someone answers, they ask you to hold for an important call. If the computer is asking me to hold, I hang up.

  11. ddaquila profile image60
    ddaquilaposted 10 years ago

    I get some calls from telemarketers that I like to humor at times, just because the person speaks slow, and has an easy way about what they're promoting. I don't know why I do it. I guess I feel like it encourages them in some way, assuming they get a lot of hang ups. Haha. But if they do sound like a waterfall of verbal diarrhea I tend to simply "hello?" "oh" *click*

  12. whatonmelodysmind profile image58
    whatonmelodysmindposted 10 years ago

    Telemarketers are only doing their job. If they call you just tell them you're not interested and they remove your name in their contact list. If they are persistent, report them to the proper authority. Last option, press the end call button everytime they initiated a call.

  13. Becky Katz profile image81
    Becky Katzposted 10 years ago

    I have a whistle by the phone. I tell them I am not interested and am on the 'Do not call list'. If they call again, I blow the whistle on them. They do not call after that.

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      Sam Gurschickposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Excessive and wrong, intentionally blowing a whistle in someone's ear because they call you. You must know that if you request to be put on an internal do not call list, they will not call again. If they do call again then it's an accident.

    2. celafoe profile image55
      celafoeposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I agree with Becky and sara we did not ask for the call soo too bad.

    3. Becky Katz profile image81
      Becky Katzposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Sam, I am on the nationwide 'Do Not Call' list, if they are calling me at all, it is an intrusion and a crime. They can pay the price for not doing their job.

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      Larry Wallposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      The person calling is handed a list. He or she does not know if you are on the do not call list or not. I have been rude, hung up and yelled in my younger days--would never blow a whistle in someone's ear. That is going too far.

    5. Becky Katz profile image81
      Becky Katzposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      No, but their bosses should. I have just a cell now because I got tired of getting sales calls. So now they are allowed to call my pay per minute cell and waste my time and money. I have a phone for my convenience, not their profit.

    6. profile image0
      Larry Wallposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      The do not call list is not perfect. Pollsters can call. People campaigning can call. Certain charities can call and anyone you ever did business with can call. Regardless, don't shoot the messenger. jut hang up. The whistle is excessive.

    7. Express10 profile image83
      Express10posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I agree with you Becky. There are telemarketers that ignore laws and polite requests. You stated you notify them that you're on the Do Not Call list. After that, they get what they get. How much are you supposed to take?

  14. Express10 profile image83
    Express10posted 10 years ago

    Hanging up, repeatedly saying no and nothing else but no, repeatedly asking to be taken off their calling list until they say yes or hang up are just some ways to deal with them. Some people put their smart arse kids on the line so the kids can blow off some steam while grandmothers and others blow whistles in their ears. They interrupted your life, not the other way around. On top of that, they want you to make an unplanned and 99.9% of the time, unnecessary purchase that you may have trouble getting out of. Protect yourself whether you have to be mean or nice. They only want one thing and it's not what's best for you or your wallet.

    I have written several hubs about the scams and other problems associated with telemarketers. The best ways to deal with them is to prevent them from calling by avoiding ordering things from t.v. commercials and sketchy websites. Opting out of solicitations through your bank is another must because telemarketers buy your name, address, account info, etc. from banks and other companies you previously purchased things from/do business with and when they get you on the line, they may not ask for your credit card or banking info. Watch out! This is because they already have it. Worryingly, some will charge you even if you said no or hung up! Steer clear of them and their traps.

    Sarra Garrett has a great suggestion but remember, there are thousands of telemarketers here in the US and many who call US citizens from overseas. There are many thousands here and abroad who don't care about the Do Not Call list. You simply have to be a vigilant and informed person to avoid them and keep them from calling you.

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    Larry Wallposted 10 years ago

    If it is a recording, I hang up. If it is a person, I will tell him I am not really interested. If he goes into his backup speech, I will say I think you heard me. I am going to hang up in 10 seconds. You can keep talking or we can end this friendly...they usually keep talking.

    I do this because I recognize that these people are trying to earn of living doing probably one of the worst jobs in the world. I try to be polite, but you can only push me so far.

    If they call me by my first name, I correct them to say Mr. Wall--not an ego thing, just to let them know I am listening and expect the same respect they want.

    1. Express10 profile image83
      Express10posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      These are excellent strategies Larry. I also hate it when people call strangers by their first names. Many telemarketers simply don't show any respect, nor do they deserve any.

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    Pamdoraposted 10 years ago

    If it's somebody I don't want to talk to, I tell them to leave me alone and hang up.  If the person sounds interesting, I talk them to death until they hang up.

    Haven't yet made any new lifelong friends that way, but you never know.

  17. Seeker7 profile image81
    Seeker7posted 10 years ago

    I pick up the phone and if they don't take the hint after telling them I'm not interested, I don't disconnect them, but leave the phone on the table so that they are talking to themselves. I don't usually get a return call.

    If they are very rude and pushy, then I'm afraid my Scots-Irish temper gets the better of me and I give them a mouthful! That usually works as well.

    This is an interesting question though, as there are some companies in the UK are currently being fined by the courts for telephoning people who have expressly stated they did not want contacted. They are also being fined for basically allowing sales teams to harass people at home. Not before time! For me, getting unsolicited calls at home is an invasion of privacy - and it's exactly the same as if the sales person walked into your house without knocking and getting permission. I honestly see red when they call, it really p------s me off big time!

  18. richardbrown81 profile image81
    richardbrown81posted 10 years ago

    the no call list only extends to that project and if its a survey they don't have one.  to be put on the national no call list you must sign up, they won't do it for you.  the best way to end the call is to make up your own language or act extremely handicapped.  when they ask for someone else freak out.  that company will never call again and your number will be deleted from all their affiliates because of a "communication barrier"

    1. Seeker7 profile image81
      Seeker7posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      LOL!!! I haven't tried this one either, will need to have a go!

    2. Express10 profile image83
      Express10posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      There are also telemarketers who conduct "surveys" only to get around laws against telemarketers, so you can't really trust phone surveys either.

  19. caseymel profile image90
    caseymelposted 10 years ago

    I tell them I am not interested and I hang up, even if they are still talking.  I just don't have the time.

    1. Express10 profile image83
      Express10posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      This is a good way of dealing with them. Many people go wrong by allowing the telemarketer to rebuttal them. Don't listen or give them the time, say you're not interested or put me on your in house DNC list and hang up immediately.

  20. stclairjack profile image78
    stclairjackposted 10 years ago

    i try to remember that these folks are trying to make a living at a job that i wouldnt want no matter the wages,... and at some moments their is information to be gleaned from the person calling you,...

    perhaps she is trying to locate an ex,.. and depending on which ex and why, i will help the person find him or not,... i figure if you were dumb enough to loan #2 money then you deserve the mess your in,.. YOU go find him, i will not help you.

    perhaps he's selling windows, doors and siding,... vacation packages,.. what ever,... i just let the little fellow drone on until i can finaly get a word in edgewise and then say... "i dont vacation, my home is less than 7 years old, and i am capable of building my poorch and patio as i am a carpenter, so dont waste your time on me as i am sure you are paid on commision"

    if the caller is EXTREEMLY pushy and wont take NO for an answer i usualy then ask if theyre single,... that stumbles them,.. then i ask what they look like,.. kid you not, they will answer this every time, people are such dolts at times,... then i ask how they treat a woman on a date,... when they ask why i explain that if we were on a date and i had said NO THIS MANY TIMES and they were STILL being this forcefull it would already have qualified as DATE RAPE by now.

    silly boy hangs up,.... everry time,..... i laugh histericaly,.... every time.

    strangely enough i've even pulled this on female telemarketers,... though that scenraio usualy ends at "what do you look like"..... women ARE smarter than men! ha!

  21. averagejoehello profile image60
    averagejoehelloposted 10 years ago

    I'm pretty polite and will tell them that their call is a waste of their time as I'm not interested in whatever they're going to tell me about / try and sell me.  If they talk over me I hang up.


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