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Phone Solicitors
updated: Dec 20, 2013, 11:30 AM

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Apparently the Do Not Call List is defunct. How many phone solicitations do you get each day? Do you ever buy?

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 PAMSB agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 11:43 AM

They. Drive. Me. Crazy.

I say "On Do Not Call List!" and they literally laugh.

It is criminal!

Sometimes up to 10(!) a day...hardly ever a day without 1-2. Every day, even Sundays.

 

 COMMENT 478922 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 11:49 AM

Usually one or two. Usually I let them go to voicemail and they don't leave a message. Diane, who always wants to clean my carpets, is a persistent one. Sometimes I tell her I want to clean her carpet but she never responds. :-)

 

 COMMENT 478924P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 12:00 PM

zero

 

 COMMENT 478927 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 12:03 PM

None... and someone needs to look up what criminal means.

 

 COMMENT 478935 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 12:12 PM

You need to update your "do not call" annually if you haven't...

 

 COMMENT 478938 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 12:15 PM

None. Updated my "do not call". If, on the off chance I DO get one, I set "call block", and that takes care of that.

 

 COMMENT 478941 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 12:29 PM

Yes,we get several calls a day! Seems to have gotten worse since changing to Cox phone service. We're on the no call list as well. Still get up to 7 calls a day. Most just hang up when I ask to be removed from calling list. Scammers are repeat callers. I now enjoy messing with them,making them mad! They are the worst !

 

 BULLSEYEB agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 12:30 PM

TOO MANY! I get two - four a day and I have updated my number on the do not call list every year.

 

 COMMENT 478943 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 12:33 PM

We get about 3 a week or so.

 

 PAMSB agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 12:38 PM

927: I usually don't respond to trolls, but here, for your edification:

State penalties range from $500. to $25,000 per violation. National Registry fines are $16,000. per violation. Please note you can have multiple $16,000. fines per call. Example: An individual is on the National Registry and you called after hours. Two violations for a $32,000 fine, one call. Call centers and businesses may be investigated by the FTC, FCC, States Attorney Generals, individuals or all four.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 12:38 PM

I never answer the phone if I do I change my voice they hang up on me..

 

 COMMENT 478949 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 12:43 PM

Yeah....it got so bad that I finally just cut off my Verizon home phone. I was getting maybe 10 per day.

I had an answering machine to screen all the calls. I told all my friends about it....and asked that if they called me....they would have to ID themselves or I wouldn't pick up. That worked great.

But....still.....it was annoying to have the phone keep ringing so much.....

Most tele-marketers; once they realize it's an answering machine....they just hang up. Still....it's annoying.

I just hope that it doesn't start happening on my cell phone. Think how annoying that would be.

 

 COMMENT 478951 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 12:44 PM

I get at least a couple a day, which used to drive me crazy. I only use a cell phone, so, if any number calls and either does not leave a message, leaves a 2 second message, or calls more than once, and I don't know who it is, I add them to my contacts, under "Spam". Then I assign an appropriate ring tone, say, like, the music from "Psycho" when Janet Leigh is murdered in the shower, to ensure that I ignore the call. I currently have 29 numbers stored, from all over the country, and many with "800", "866", or "877" numbers, and only one from the "805" area code.

 

 MTNDRIVER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 12:45 PM

We get between 1-3 robocalls a day. They usually come from spoofed numbers, so it is impossible to track them. We're on the Do Not Call list, but they can't enforce when you can't identify the actual number. Lots of telemarketers use spoofed numbers to avoid getting caught. It sucks, but what can you do? We don't answer, but it's still annoying. Lots of carpet cleaning (we don't have carpeting) and lots of A/C companies (we don't have A/C). Lots of refinance your mortgage (we don't have a mortgage), and lots that don't leave a message. Lately, lots of "Seniors, this is an important blah blah blah." How'd they figure out how old we are??

 

 COMMENT 478983 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 02:08 PM

Buy a Digitone Call Blocker device from Amazon. It can block over a thousand numbers.

 

 COMMENT 478995 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 02:30 PM

Caller ID is the best thing ever! we get alot from cambria....some private numbers....newest one is getting them on my cell phone (which i dont answer half the time anyways) we are are the do not call....and update it but still get them 4 or 5 times a day or the same organizations calls daily for a week or so. they are relentless!

 

 COMMENT 478999P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 02:35 PM

What I love is when I am expecting an important call and I RUN to the phone. One day I said, "If this is a telemarketer, I'm going to scream!" The soft-voiced guy on the other end replied, "Please don't scream." Then he gently disconnected the call. Ha.

Usually, I answer about three calls per week. I am always nice (except that one time, and another time when I grouched, "You WOKE me UP!"). I say, "We are on a Do Not Call List," and then they politely say "Okay" and hang up.

 

 COMMENT 479024 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 03:43 PM

Office phone in the house - average 3 calls a day from unsolicited callers --- mostly from the LA area looking for construction work / Duct cleaning / i answer them all ---but then i get a call about our products and make a sale so it's all good ....

 

 COMMENT 479025P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 03:45 PM

About a year ago I was getting 3-4 a day. I assigned them to a special ring tone so I would know what calls not to answer. I have an iPhone and the latest update allows individual number call blocking. So now I get none.

 

 COMMENT 479027P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 03:55 PM

About 5 years ago I added an extra line to our cell phone plan with verizon and designated it as our "home phone." I have not had a single phone solicitation since. Plus, as an added bonus, I now only have to pay $10 per month now for something that used to cost me almost $100.

 

 COMMENT 479055 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 05:43 PM

If you do ANY BUSINESS with a company, your position on the "Do Not Call List" is IMMATERIAL.

Other exclusions to the list:

- charities.
- politiicans.


Asking to be "REMOVED" from a list is NOT the same as "being added to the 'do not call list'".


You DO NOT need to re-register on the DNC every year.

Source: I work in the industry.

 

 COMMENT 479059P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 06:16 PM

What I love is when I am expecting an important call and I RUN to the phone. One day I said, "If this is a telemarketer, I'm going to scream!" The soft-voiced guy on the other end replied, "Please don't scream." Then he gently disconnected the call. Ha.

Usually, I answer about three calls per week. I am always nice (except that one time, and another time when I grouched, "You WOKE me UP!"). I say, "We are on a Do Not Call List," and then they politely say "Okay" and hang up.

 

 REDTOP agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 06:26 PM

Almost two years ago, we did away with our land line. The peace and quiet has been absolutely fabulous!

 

 COMMENT 479067 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 06:35 PM

I get 1 - 5 calls a day. The majority of those have no one on the other end. With perhaps a quarter of them there is a recording advertising duct cleaning, roofing, construction, or debt reduction that tells me to press 1 to "take advantage of this limited time offer." I **always** press 1, then waste their time pretending to be interested. Then, when they think the deal is getting closer, I tell them to never f-ing call me again.

Yes, I'm wasting my time too, but it's satisfying!

 

 COMMENT 479069 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 06:42 PM

I get from 1 to 3 a day on my CELL phone. Almost all start with , "Hi, this is Mike from Senior Services" and I hang up. I can't block the calls because they come from numbers all over the place--North Carolina, Reno, LA...same company apparently but a lot of different numbers. What I don't understand is why they persist in calling someone they KNOW is not interested and does not want to talk to them.

 

 COMMENT 479072 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 06:53 PM

MTNDRIVER, they know you're a senior because you have a land line, and you answer it.

067, i like your style. Try this one... next time when they think they've got you hooked, after faking interest for a while, tell them that you're just keeping them on the line so whoever they were going to call next can have a peaceful dinner... tell them it's your good deed for the day!

 

 AQUAHOLIC agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 07:01 PM

I am ready to ditch the land line. 8-10 b***s**t calls per day. We NEVER answer the land line, most callers hang up. Sick of hearing the phone ring. I'm on the DNC 'list' doesn't seem to make a bit of difference…rrggghhhh!

One positive thing I did was remove my name from BS junk mail……get almost no junk mail now..ahhhhh.

 

 AQUAHOLIC agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 07:04 PM

Forgot to add….my grandmother used to keep a very high powered whistle next to the phone….well, you can guess what she used it for…loved that woman, you were so cool Lucille.

 

 COMMENT 479084P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 07:22 PM

AQUAHOLIC et al: There's a great app called "Paper Karma." It's free. You take a pic (iPhone/iPod Touch) of the return address on your piece of junk mail, ask Paper Karma to unsubscribe you and presto, there you go, you are soon off that list. I LOVE it.

 

 COMMENT 479117 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 08:57 PM

Zero. Ditch the antiquated land line.

 

 COMMENT 479126P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 10:01 PM

A couple calls a day - as is often the case - rules and the law have no teeth or few resources to combat this blight.
Being on a do not call list has made little difference. Having an elderly relative with caregivers often makes me want to answer calls - one never knows.

 

 CORKY agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-21 07:51 AM

I get a couple probably, usually the energy saver one, solar panels, etc. and the local? contractors looking for work.

 

 COMMENT 479160P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-21 08:50 AM

The telemarketing calls were the reason we finally axed the VOIP from Cox.

 

 COMMENT 479176 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-21 09:52 AM

You can get telemarketing calls on a cell phone.

Also? You want to minimize your telemarketing calls?

Stop filling out "send me information" forms.

Stop filling out raffle forms.

NEVER put your address in the internet for any reason other than ACTIVELY PURCHASING something from a trusted merchant.

You would not believe how many knuckleheads will fill out a form JUST BECAUSE IT APPEARED ON THEIR SCREEN.

 

 COMMENT 479180 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-21 10:02 AM

Every time "Rachel from Card Services" calls, it's from a different #, so I call 611 right after the call & log a complaint. If every one did that, as often as possible, the carriers would get so sick of the wasted resources they would force a change in the "industry", that like health care, should not be an industry in the first place. How about making a federal law that any business or person setting up a robo calling operation must have their full name, home address & phone # identifiable for every phone # they send robo calls out on. That way we can contact the actual individual responsible right as they sit down to dinner with the family. Oh wait, this is the new world order, there is no more family. Sorry my bad.

 

 COMMENT 479182 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-21 10:08 AM

Hooked up our landline to fax and turned off ringer. We only use it for outbound International calls and faxing.

 

 COMMENT 479186 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-21 10:27 AM

4 to 17 Thursday seems to be the worst. I never answer my landline I turned the ringer off. I only check it when the lights blinking on my answering machine. They very rarely leave a message. I know this because I have an illness I don't work I'm at home all day

 

 COMMENT 479187 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-21 10:39 AM

Health care shouldn't be an industry?

So, we should just ignore science and let people die and suffer needlessly?


Wow.

 

 RAINE5360 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-21 11:20 AM

About two. We have stopped answering the land-line pretty much because our friends call us on the cel and the land-line announces the caller. If the call is anonymous, we don't answer it. Hopefully important callers know enough to leave a message.

 

 RAINE5360 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-21 11:23 AM

BTW we keep the antiquated land-line because in some emergencies it's the only communication that works. Cel and internet are often affected in emergency situations. It's happened already and I was glad to have it...other friends did not.

 

 COMMENT 479250P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-21 03:01 PM

Robo calls 4-5 times a day. If you pick up and there is silence HANG UP! You just won the robo call lottery! Do not call doesn't work for charities and political calls. (Can anyone say why they are asking for money for campaign 2016)? The 5 charities I donate to are on monthly automatic debit but they do not notify their phone solicitors. This will be a condition for donations from me in the new year.
P.S.You need a land line for power outages.

 

 COMMENT 479251P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-21 03:06 PM

Health care should not be controlled by the insurance industry is what they meant to say. The health insurance industry is like your appendix, an obsolete but threatening hanger on!

 

 COMMENT 479512 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-22 05:30 PM

Almost none. National DNC list works and You DON'T have to renew every year. occasionally when we get one we ask where they got our number and ask them to take us off their list and that usually does the trick. Except UCSB Alumni Association, I graduated 30 years ago and they NEVER give up

 

 COMMENT 479622 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-23 08:35 AM

A law that should be passed is, Hospitals and ER Physicians cannot use the Emergency contact person's phone number for bill collecting purposes. They have no idea how badly those of us who help the poor become harassed and annoyed every single day by collectors ignoring federal laws. The homeless and indigent have a right to have someone help them in a medical crisis, but the helper should not be punished for doing so. Pennsylvania agencies that bill for these doctors also bill for items the hospital already charged for, which is illegal, and the poor have no way of knowing this is happening. Plus, think of the illegal tax write offs doctors and bill collectors can take for charging for items they never provided. Calls? Way too many!!

 

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