Posted by: steveg

Telemarketers. - 01/13/14 06:01 PM

Despite being listed for many years on the Do Not Call registry, I still get annoying calls from time to time on my cell phone (which is my only phone). But now that I took a deal from Time Warner that included digital phone which I'm using strictly for a fax line I'm getting inundated with junk calls. I immediately registered that number, and I know it can take up to 90 days for the registry to update, but this is INSANE!

Since my MFC does not have a handset or any voice capability, I have a cheapie phone that can be plugged into its line 2 jack. I've installed Time Warner's My Phone app on my Mac and iPhone, so when these annoying calls come in, the caller ID is captured and I can call them back and counter-annoy them!

Some callers have an opt-out that allows you to punch in the number you want removed, so I can do that on the iPhone (and I opt-out both phones). But for others, I have to plug the spare phone into the MFC and make the call from that number. What. A. PIA!

I expect that this will diminish over the next few months, but DAYAM! mad
Posted by: imelda

Re: Telemarketers. - 01/15/14 01:25 PM

I know where you're coming from. Have the same problem with nuisance callers, too. Those callers do not respect the DNC list. Not afraid of the law.
Posted by: imelda

Re: Telemarketers. - 01/15/14 01:26 PM

It's why whenever I get a nuisance call, I send a feedback to Callercenter and report the phone number. It's posted on the website and everybody sees it. That way, others are warned.
Posted by: DLC

Re: Telemarketers. - 01/15/14 02:04 PM

The ones I hate are the ones soliciting donations to like police auxiliary, firefighters fund, you name it. Sympathetic as I am to those services, if you donate to a single one you will be inundated by dozens more. I am not Bill Gates. I don't have deep pockets. mad
Posted by: Pirate

Re: Telemarketers. - 01/15/14 02:07 PM

Or the ones that are not human operators, bots that drone on and on and you can not shut them up or even ask for a supervisor to inform them you are on the DNC list
Posted by: DLC

Re: Telemarketers. - 01/15/14 02:16 PM

What does being a Democrat have to do with it? laugh
Posted by: steveg

Re: Telemarketers. - 01/15/14 02:39 PM

It seems that Monday is the big day for these parasites. I had eight junk calls Monday, and nothing Tuesday except for one wrong number (someone looking for whomever had this number last and yeah, I looked up the history of the number so I can let those callers know that party ain't here no more).

I figure it'll subside in a month or two, and then I can delete the TW app and put the handset in a drawer.
Posted by: steveg

Re: Telemarketers. - 01/15/14 02:42 PM

So, imelda, do we welcome you to the forum? smile Or are you trying to harvest phone numbers for the next Walmart Gift Card scam? eek
Posted by: Biggerfoot

Re: Telemarketers. - 01/15/14 02:50 PM

I really miss ATT and their Privacy Manager. It stopped virtually all of the SPAM calls. It was about $4 a month though.

With Time Warner, you are able to block 30 calls but you have to manually put the number in on their website. It was handy though during the elections where you got those bot calls.

I think some of the newer Panasonic phone can also block calls.

I wish there was a way to block the robo calls before they fill up voice mail.

I hate it when I have my home phone forwarded to my mobile...sure enough SPAM calls while hiking in the middle of nowhere!
Posted by: steveg

Re: Telemarketers. - 01/15/14 03:09 PM

Call blocking only works on legitimate numbers. Problem is, so many of these junk calls are made using spoofed caller IDs.

I get very few junk calls on my cell phone. But one that I can count on getting a couple of times a month is the Reduce your credit card interest rate scam. Some give you an opt-out prompt to have your number scrubbed. But most variations don't. So for the latter, I take the Don't bust a ball-buster's balls approach. I stay on the line and either lead the rep on using an over-the-top foreign accent and giving him/her all kinds of bogus information to totally flummox them, or I simply ask if they can promise me a rate as low as their IQ at which point the line goes stone dead! laugh
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: Telemarketers. - 01/15/14 04:23 PM

If I don't recognize a phone number, I don't answer the phone. If it's someone who I know or something crucial, the caller will leave a voicemail. If not--I didn't miss anything.
Posted by: steveg

Re: Telemarketers. - 01/15/14 04:34 PM

I didn't miss anything.
Except the joy of busting their balls. laugh

My Epson will only display caller ID for incoming faxes, but not for incoming voice calls (not sure why that is), so that's why I installed the TW app.

Because I've always got self-promos in circulation, I can't not answer calls on my phone from unfamiliar #s. It could be a prospective client calling. Besides, IMHO, it's faster and less hassle to answer an hang up if necessary than to wait for the VM notification, dial in, and listen to the message.
Posted by: newkojak

Re: Telemarketers. - 01/15/14 10:51 PM

Every once in a while, I get a spat of those "_______ from member services" calls from fake numbers. I tried hanging up on them, filing FTC complaints, telling them to take my number off, and asking to speak to a supervisor. None of it worked.

So now I just try to waste as much of their time as I possibly can either pretending to have an impossible to determine (because I'm bad at it), or just completely incomprehensible accent and insist that I am interested in lowering my interest rates.

I get about one call every six months now.
Posted by: steveg

Re: Telemarketers. - 01/15/14 10:58 PM

Sounds familiar. laugh
Posted by: newkojak

Re: Telemarketers. - 01/16/14 10:41 PM

Heh! TL;DR!

By the way, I clicked on that wondering.... man, when did we talk about this last, 2008?! This is what I get for drive-by lurking.