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Yesterday's call was just plain weird. A heavily-accented male voice called to offer me a loan. I went with my standard, prompt reply: "No thank you. Please remove my number from your calling list."

"Do you have a boyfriend?"

"Please remove my number from your calling list."

"Please be my girlfriend."

"Please remove my number from your calling list."

"Please be my girlfriend."

"Please remove my number from your calling list."

"Please be my girlfriend."

"Please remove my number from your calling list."

We went through another round or two with each of us playing broken record until I finally added "Good day" to my side of the conversation and hung up.

Okay, that "good day" was overly generous given how I was feeling toward the caller at that point. I wish I'd asked to speak to his supervisor. That wouldn't have gotten me anywhere, but it might have sent a clearer signal that the telemarketer's behavior was not welcome or appropriate.

The phone rang a few minutes ago. The business name wasn't discernible to my ear, but it wasn't the same as yesterday's name. Again, a heavily-accented male voice, the same accent I associate with scam calls for Windows security fixes. Not the same voice as yesterday; this one was a bit lighter/higher in pitch. Again, an offer for a loan, this time with an amount attached: $5,000.

"No thank you. Please remove my number from your calling list."

"You don't want it?"

"No. Please remove my number from your calling list."

Followed by an immediate, polite goodbye...and "love you!" at the end.

Not as obnoxious as yesterday's call, but, still, WTF?

Caller ID is $138/year, so I don't bother with it. In fact, looking up the price just prompted me to drop Call Waiting, which I've been paying $102/year for. It used to be worth it, but these days I'm at the edge of dropping my landline all together. Anyone needing to reach me when I'm on a landline call most likely has my cell number and can try that if the call is urgent. Otherwise, a busy signal pretty clearly suggests calling back later.

I won't credit the telemarketers with saving me $102/year (plus whatever taxes were on that $8.50, which are likely to be rather a lot given the $16.24/month taxes and fees currently added to my $21.20 phone bill). But I will thank LJ readers for the excuse to post about it here since the process of doing that directly led to the savings.



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Jan. 17th, 2015 12:03 am (UTC)
I get calls from people who claim they're from the Windows Technical Department. What they want to do with my computer I've never stayed to find out. I just start repeated "Please do not call this number again" over and over without stopping for a response until they hang up.
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Jan. 17th, 2015 07:24 am (UTC)
I might try that if I ever feel like toying with them instead.
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Jan. 17th, 2015 04:49 am (UTC)
That's not brutal, not even close. Brutal is things like blowing a high-pitched whistle into the phone, or maybe answering the phone and immediately starting to curse at the caller.
Jan. 17th, 2015 01:08 am (UTC)
I'm glad we have ditched our landline
Yeah, we have three cell phones. but with the rare exception we don't get spam. I DID get someone saying they were from the IRS and I owed big time. That one ended when I asked if they knew about TIGTA and that I do have the caller's number. They dropped the line quick (It was a VOIP line so not traceable).

This sounds sort of creepy, you might pass a note along to your local constabulary. Just in case you have a creep show up at your doorstep.
Jan. 17th, 2015 01:26 pm (UTC)
In lieu of a landline, we use a VOIP system called Ooma. The call quality isn't always ideal, but since we both have cell phones, we can use those for backup. Caller ID comes free with Ooma, which means that I rarely talk to telemarketers anymore: if I don't recognize the number, I let it go to voicemail. It also allows me to block numbers, and configure what happens with blocked numbers.

On those rare occasions when I do get an unwanted call, I just firmly say "No thank you" and hang up.
Jan. 17th, 2015 01:30 pm (UTC)
This behavior crosses the line from weird commercial calls into harrassment. There is a code you can dial on your phone right after the call is hung up that notifies the phone company switch computer to preserve all the normally discarded call details for law enforcement access. The details of the code vary by local phone company, and you should consult them for this, along with any charges and procedures for reporting these calls.

Martina Oslov
Jan. 18th, 2015 03:02 am (UTC)
I know where you're coming from. I'm on the DNC list was it didn't help. The nuisance calls were already harassing so I ditched my landline, too. I only have my cellphone now, and downloaded a call blocker on it. Got it free from Callercenter. I just add the caller's phone number to my block list and all their calls are filtered from coming through. It's a relief to finally made these nuisance calls stop.
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