Robo / Telemarketer Calls

by John A
(Tyler, TX)

I can only imagine what Wendy will say about this one.

It would probably pretty easy to say that most, if not all of us, have received several robo and telemarketer calls on a daily basis. They use to call around dinner time, but now they call at all hours of the day. It’s enough to drive an insane person crazy.

So, in my own warped way, I decided to start to get even with some of these clowns who sill have a live person on the other end of the line. I’m a bad boy!

I realize time is money to these clowns. So, I patiently let them make their sales pitches and chew up as much time as possible. I make their call a total waste of time while I get a chuckle out of my warped antics.

Like I said, I’m a bad boy!

When the call is just about over and depending on who the other person is on the other end of the phone, I will say something like following in a really creepy voice preceded by a sigh:

“Oh, I never get calls from girls/boys anymore. What are you wearing?” CLICK!

Like I said, I’m a bad boy!

Does it work reducing call? Probably not. But, I do get even by yanking some of these people chains.

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One Ring Call
by: Anonymous

I wonder how they benefit from the One Ring Call! If the purpose is just to make you spend money on an international connection, who benefits?

If you receive a call like this and do not recognize the number, do not return the call. If you do, you may be connected to an international hotline than can charge a fee for connecting, along with significant per-minute fees if they can keep you on the phone. These charges may show up on your bill as premium services.

by: Farlene, Il

If it’s a Robo call, you are not wasting anybody’s time but your own. If a real person just trying to sell a real product, they are just try to make a living. Say No thanks and don’t waste anybody’s time. If a Scam call, do whatever you want.

Robo calls
by: Wee-zer

John, I have been bombarded with these calls for years and it is infuriating to say the least. Unless wasting their time and your time gives you joy, it is never going to stop them.

I have asked them kindly to take my name off their lists, I have hollered at them, I have told them they are scammers. It does not matter, they call and call and call. I have NOMOROBO and it helps but the phone will ring one time and that is still annoying. My phone company allows me to block but only 20 phone numbers which is nothing. I am on the do not call list. The phone is a land line and I should just get rid of it.

Nothing, nothing, stops them.

The thing is, they keep changing their numbers so even when you block them, their caller ID changes. They use phone numbers that look like a local exchange hoping you will pick up the phone. They will display common names to entice you to answer the phone. I get a call from an oriental guy quite often and he says he is from Microsoft and that THEY SEE that my computer has a virus and THEY can fix it. UGH, they have scammed old people pretending their grandkids need bail money.

It is endless what they come up with. Until our government demands that phone companies do something to stop this insanity, we will be at the mercy of these idiot scammers.

by: Anonymous

I LOVE your antics John! Honestly, when I see its 888 or 800 numbers I don't even answer it. Now they're using numbers that look like cell phones, so I don't answer those unless I know who it is. I'm so sick of these calls. If I do happen to answer one I instantly hang up. I know its not a polite thing to do, but I don't want to waste my time listening and then telling them I'm not interested, what's the point? You're right about the insane amount of these calls you get during the day. It's annoying and irritating.

Dear John,
by: Wendy, retirement enthusiast

Everyone needs a Dear John in your life.... Grin!

Yes, your method is odd -- but I get it. Totally.

I just *hate* those scammer calls. I also hate the hate word, but it is what it is. I don't pick up any calls from unidentified callers any more. Problem is that my phone number is published as I'm on the Board of our Retirees Association -- but no matter, I am not answering.

Did you see this new scam:

One Ring Calls

How the scam works
Your wireless phone rings once or twice before the call is disconnected. The number that appears in your wireless phone log as a missed call appears to be a U.S area code, but is actually a three-digit international area code. If you return the call you will be connected to a phone number outside the United States, often in Canada or the Caribbean, and charged expensive international call rates. (For example, "649" goes to the Turks and Caicos, "809" goes to the Dominican Republic, "284" goes to the British Virgin Islands, and "876" goes to Jamaica.)


Thanks "dear John"!

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