Annoying: Cell Phone "You have been selected for...." calls.

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    Annoying: Cell Phone "You have been selected for...." calls.

    I was driving on the Interstate today when my cell phone rang. Did not recognize the number but in my haste, I actually answered it.

    "Hello!" I said.

    Silence.

    "HELLO!"

    Sales Person : Uhhhhhh, Mr. Soandso, you have been selected to recieve a $1,200 security system, you would like that wouldn't you?"

    Me :No. I have a vicious dog and I am armed with a 9 millimeter semi-automatic pistol. I think I'm covered." Oh, and by the way take my number out of your system and don't call me anymore.

    Then I hung up on the jerk. Do any of you seem to be experiencing calls like these?
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    No, I quit answering unknown calls after all those "card services" calls.
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    Not many of them, but that certainly seems like a good way to stop them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubbiesdad View Post
    No, I quit answering unknown calls after all those "card services" calls.
    So do I, but in a momentary lapse of sanity, I made the mistake of it.

    The vicious dog & 9mm comment was like the first thing that popped into my head, other than profanity. I chose the former, but did consider the latter very much so.
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    You even have to list your cell phone numbers on the
    DO NOT CALL" list now.

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    My only phone is my BlackBerry 9810... no landline since 1998.
    If the caller is not in my approved contacts list they go directly to voicemail.
    If the call is from a toll-free number, a no-caller-ID tag or from someone on my "no thanks" list, the phone answers the call then immediately hangs up on them without making a sound (but it does log the event).

    This has made owning a phone sooooo much nicer :)
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    I have the debt collectors calling me looking for my brother I haven't talked to in 15 years. he lives in NJ and me in Texas; I wonder how they got my number because all I have is a cell ph ?

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    Even signing up for the opt out website, Non-profits, survey calls and community related callers are allowed to call you. So much for privacy. I found out that when a robo call is answered, it notes the time of pick up and alerts a cold caller that you are home at that time... So as many have stated, don't even answer the phone.

    I did pick up a nifty gadget that I put on mu land line about 4 years ago. It plugs into your phone line and tells the caller that the number is a non working number electronically and that computer removes you from calls from then on... TeleZapper is the name of the device...

    The Official Site of the TeleZapper

    I got mine from a local dollar store...
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    My phone is for my convenience, not theirs. If I don't recognize the caller, and I'm not expecting anything new, it goes to voicemail.
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    One of the worst and persistent is the "card services". I don't think much exists to stop them, they offer a way for you to remove yourself from their list, but I don't think it works. Besides I'm on the state and national do-not-call list and they aren't supposed to call me anyway.

    I've sent in some formal complaints against them, and have talked to an authority on the subject and they used a term, which I can't remember, as to what these people are doing to prevent being caught. IOW they are shadowy and constantly changing their phone number ID type stuff so they can't be tracked easily.

    It's funny (not!) if you stay on the line to talk to a "live operator" (who wants to know your credit card indebtedness) they hang up on you if you ask to be removed or deviate from whatever information they need.

    I don't think telezapper works anymore as it is.
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    Usually I don't answer if I don't recognize the number calling.
    Once in a while if I'm in the right mood/frame of mind, I will put on my best middle-eastern accent and try to recruit them to wage Jihad against the infidels...it's a hoot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by barstoolguru View Post
    I have the debt collectors calling me looking for my brother I haven't talked to in 15 years. he lives in NJ and me in Texas; I wonder how they got my number because all I have is a cell ph ?
    I own a PI company and I will tell you there is no such thing as Privacy. The datebases that we use will tell you more about YOU than you remember about you. Scary stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stubborn View Post
    Usually I don't answer if I don't recognize the number calling.
    Once in a while if I'm in the right mood/frame of mind, I will put on my best middle-eastern accent and try to recruit them to wage Jihad against the infidels...it's a hoot.
    I need to work on mine. I always end up sounding Indian (as in Mumbai).
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    Yea me too...I sound more Pakistani. but I have fun with it.
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