I've finally found a way to Aggravate callers coming from: "Card-Holder Services"
The folks who want to change your card balance to them....... (Yes, I'm on "Do Not Call" List!)
I ask to speak representative... Then say:
"Once I get your card, What is the MAXIMUM I can get from a Cash Advance from your card?"
When they tell me, they usually ask "Why do you ask?"
I then answer.... "Once I max out your card with Cash Advance..... I am going to Declare Bankruptcy, but I want to get the maximum from your Charge Card First"
They usually abruptly hang up!!!! !
And I feel much better for it!!!
Happy 4th of July, All!
Made me smile.
We get calls from Air Duct Cleaning. All originate in Pakistan.
Any ideas for that? LOL
You don't breathe air, you only breathe helium !
Ha, ha, ha!!! Love it. Still laughing ...thanks
I've never gotten such a call (reminiscent of the IRS calling to say you're in big trouble), because if legit, they should be handling and stating that cash advances are not recommended due to the interest and detrimental effect to your FICO. They would really be after the service charge (i.e. 0% for 11 mos. but 2 or 3% service charge--gone is the no fee 0% for the most part except it was SLATE) Point being legit callers know how to continue the call and not be put off.
a new phone number, but I get it, gone are the days of the war dialers
I press 9 to connect to a person then I set the phone down and put the volume up on the TV to see how long before they hang up. If they are going to interrupt me then I feel obligated to return the favor.
I'll have to remember that one!
I now tell them I have electric baseboard heating, so no ducts.
Sometimes tell them my "ducks" are clean, but I have dirty geese. Do they clean geese?
We get at least 3 calls per week from Cardholder Services. Have to give that one a try!
My wife found a way to stop the frequent calls trying to sell us an extended warranty on our truck. When the guy asked to speak to the truck owner, my wife, with fake sniffles said "I'm sorry but he died!" There was a pause and the guy actually had the nerve to ask if my wife wanted to purchase the extended warranty! Summoning some louder fake tears, she replied "He died when he wrecked the truck"!
There have been no more calls!
I don't live here any more ! the government cut off my welfare and I'm now homeless do you have some money you can lend me !
You might want to call back tomorrow and see if the Homeowner freed himself yet and has any money left I didn't find
Check out http://tommabe.com/ for his funny ways to deal with telemarketers.
The carpet cleaner: "Can you get blood out? There's blood everywhere!"
The cemetery sales guy: "I lost my job and my wife has left me. I'm just sitting here on the sofa with my gun..."
The window sales rep: "Can your guy bring me beer when he comes for the estimate? I'm on home detention and can't go out."
What if I told the Cardholder Services employee that I know where they work and I recommend they hold their breath when they start their car after work as it will hurt less when the bomb explodes? Since they called me, would my first amendment rights protect me? After all they DID break the law because I'm on the do not call registry.
I've been getting calls from somewhere like India or Pakistan saying they are from Microsoft and want me to go to my computer to verify a setting because their system reported that I had a virus. so I keep them on the line for a while asking really stupid questions. they try and walk me through various thing on the computer. I claim ignorance the entire time saying I don't have a control panel, I don't know where to find windows explorer, etc. When I finally get tired of screwing with them, I tell them I have an iMac and they hang up.
All great tactics and many I tried, but still kept getting calls, especially from the robo-callers and "unknown name - unknown number" (AKA No Caller ID. Got tired of the phone ringing, so purchased the third version of Tel-Sentry's Call Blocker from Amazon.ca
It works and I have eliminated all unwanted calls. Here's a link to the Amazon site: https://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dap...
Here is a link to the Tel-Sentry site - note you must have a landline and subscribe to caller ID
you don't mean copper, do you? Seems like most folks have phone service provided along with the internet. If you really want to, you can log in on the web and block numbers, but imho illegitimate callers change the caller id all the time.
let's face it, the Citis, JP Morgans, etc., get around the do not call because you have a relationship with them. But they don't change their numbers, nor do they as a general rule not remove you from their list, if you request. I'm guessing the calls on this thread are illegitimate, meaning blocking them would be a constant activity...
When my son was a wee tot, we used to get calls from realtors asking if we might consider selling our house or buying a new one.
Initially, we were annoyed with this never ending barrage of calls seemingly every night at dinner.
One day, I said, "Hey, your in luck, we have our financial advisor here. Just a second I'll let you talk to him and he'll advise us."
I then handed the phone to my 2 year old son that just loved to talk on the phone. You'd here this hello and then it was all out fun for our son!
After about 2 weeks, we quit getting these calls!
My father in law kept getting calls from a company that sold a basement waterproofing service. Finally after too many calls, he gave in and arranged for a sales rep to come out to his house. The sales guy walked around the house dumbfounded for several minutes as he realized the house was built on a slab and had no basement. No more calls after wasting their time...
There are 2 types of annoying calls:
- legitimate telemarketing sales call
- crooks call
Most of us don't realize that they have to make a living too. I agree that their calls are annoying as hell and they won't give up easily no matter what your answers are. I won't waste their time and mine. I just hang up. It's rude but at least we both can go on with our lives.
As for the second type (calls by thieves wanting to steal your money by fooling you)... oh how I wish I could send something over the phone to disable their ability to hear for the rest of their life.
One of those air can powered boat horns does a remarkable job!
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