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Tom with Home Protection

Updated on January 3, 2012
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The calls began

Over a year ago I got a call from a number I didn't recognize. It was an out of state area code and I assumed it was a telemarketer but I picked up anyways. I've always enjoyed hearing the pitch that goes along with the calls. Sometimes(if the sales person is insistent enough) I'll even start asking a ton of questions about the product and then move onto their personal lives. I generally take over the conversation so that they are no longer selling me something, but instead just listening to my off the wall tangents.

This call was very different. It had the usual 2 seconds of silence that is common with autodialers, but when the voice came on it was much more polished then most telemarketers who read a script. I proceeded to ask a couple of questions. The first is "What's your last name Tom?". The answers was evasive and something seamed off. I was starting to think it was a recorded system. I said "I need to go" and thanked him for calling. Man I wish I hadn't thanked him.

The very next day a got a call from the same number. I wasn't surprised when the exact same recorded message came on. "Hi this is Tom with Home Protection". I hung up a little annoyed. The next day was the same thing, and the next, and the day after that. I finally called the number back and was prompted to opt out by hitting "1". Wonderful no more calls, right?

WRONG!!! Calls started coming on a different number but with the same irritating "Hi this is Tom..." recording. I was feeling like he was stalking me.

I blocked the two numbers on my cell phone account. I felt good when Tom didn't call for 4 whole days, then a new number and Tom again. Blocked that one too. Then another and another until the 5 blocked call spots on my account were filled. I started to search on line for others who were also afflicted by this evil that goes by the name "Tom". To my surprise there were hundreds getting the same calls. Some were reporting them to the attorney general and some were posting on sites. But no one was really doing much more then that.

One man starts the rebellion

A year had passed and no change to the frequency of Tom's calls. I was beginning to think I would forever have to deal with this bottom dweller company that hides behind Tom.

Then I found STOP Tom with Home Protection. This person is fed up with the calling. He is calling for us to unite and stand against the illegal actions of Tom and his home protection army. If you have been bullied by Tom, or know someone who has then join the ranks. Join the cause on Facebook - Help Stop Tom.

Together we can make a difference and put a stop to illegal telemarketing.

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      DJBudd 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona USA

      Great idea. Thank you for sharing.

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      Annoyed Teekie (Florida) 5 years ago

      A friend of my told me he plays the tone for a phone 'no longer in service' (you know, the three rising tones) at the beginning of his voice mail greeting. This seems effective on these automated caller apps as they (supposedly) recognize the number as no good and marks the number out. It's a bit of pain for your legit callers but it may help the cause to stop Tom. I'm frustrated.

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      DJBudd 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona USA

      I hope he truly does stop calling you but this doesn't seem to be such a simple problem. I've tried multiple tactics including yours, but until I actually played along with the message but gave my answers in an unintelligible manner to get the person listening to pick up I made no progress. Once that person picked up I asked him for the companies info and he said he'd take me off the list. I got 2 calls after that and then they stopped. I've been free from tom for 3 weeks now.

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      BSN@MSN.COM 5 years ago

      STOP TOM TODAY. ITS EASY. HERE’S HOW I JUST DID IT. FOR WEEKS I HAVE BEEN GETTING CALLS FROM CALLERID TEXAS (281) 918-3003. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ANSWER THE PHONE WHEN HE ROBOCALLS YOU AND JUST SIMPLY SAY NOTHING. NOTHING. THEN. AFTER A FEW MOMENT HIS VOICE WILL SAY SOMETHING LIKE OH SORRY TO HAVE BOTHERED YOU. OR HE WILL ACKNOWLEDGE NO ONE ON THE PHONE SO HE APOLOGIZES AND DISCONNECTS. DONE. NO MORE CALLS FROM HIM!!! YEAH!!!

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      Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Hi, DJ, it is a shame that we have to go through such extremes to rid of unwanted solicitation. With caller ID, I won't answer calls from numbers I do not recognize. If it is that important, they will leave a message. Most interesting account, thanks Cred2

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      DJBudd 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona USA

      FitnezzJim, it sounds like you have a good setup to avoid solicitors, but unfortunately I use my phone for business and must pick up most calls.

      Nancy, did the calls just stop on their own or did you do something to get them to stop?

      Hi Ann, Your son sounds hilarious. Do you have any clips from his show? I would love to hear a best of compilation.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      I had to get an answering machine. It screens my calls.

      DJ, I told you my son was an early morning dj at a radio station in Memphis. That was one of his skits. The caller rings. He picks up. He talks like he's from the 'hood'. His wife comes in and they start an argument, he ask the soliciter to call the Po. It gets worse. Until the man hangs up.

      Hope you have a big 'gig' tonight....

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      Nancy Owens 5 years ago from USA

      I got a similar call. It took a while to get the "system" to stop calling. When I asked questions, the answers were often unrelated to the question, and it was a very frustrating experience. It was creepy.

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      FitnezzJim 5 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      I don't know if I ever got a call from Tom. I doubt he'd be persistent enough or good enough to get through my phone protection approach. I have a simple strategy. Keep the ringer off. Keep caller id on. Let the answering machine answer. Turn the volume on the answering machine down, since voices out of the blue from the answering machine can be surprising. Check the recordings every now and then to see if anyone important calls. If somebody gets too persistent with hang up calls, modify the answering machine message to say "If you're smart leave a message. If you're dumb, call again". (I've actually had people leave a message saying they'll call back later.)

      I talk to maybe one or two folks a year that I really didn't want to talk to. The rest know me, and understand why they might not get through on the first call.