1. i am sick to death of these anmoying telemarketing calls, does anybody have the number to call and get these stopped i have seen it a few times but never have been bothered with telemarketers before HELP
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  3. by   WashYaHands
    I don't know the number for the do not call list in PA, but here's a site that may help you.

    good luck,
  4. by   Sleepyeyes
    Another idea:
    I got this great plan from my phone company that has caller ID and something called "Call Intercept."

    If the caller has no ID, the call is intercepted. You can answer if you want, but you don't have to talk directly to the caller unless you decide to accept.

    A recorded message says, "This customer doesn't accept phone calls without ID," and gives the caller a chance to ID. It's usually telemarketers that refuse to ID.

    Result? very few telemarketer calls. Soon's I see the "Call intercept" ID, I don't answer it. Which is good, cause I work nights. I was getting 7-10 of these calls a day. (On a private number, no less.) Whatta pain!! Now I go days without getting one.

    Hope you get some relief!
    Last edit by Sleepyeyes on May 25, '02
    I LOVE it when telemarketers call! I let them try and sell their thing for awhile, then I calmly explain that I cannot make those kinds of decisions in my household, or I will suffer a beatin' at my husbands hands. Shuts em up pretty quick!

    On a serious note, I don't know how to stop the calls, but I do have caller ID, so I know when not to pick up. Unlisted people show as "PRIVATE CALL", but telemarketers show as "OUT OF AREA", so I know the difference between private people I want to talk to, and salespeople.

  6. by   shay
    God, if you figure something out, LET ME IN ON YOUR SECRET. We get at least 10 calls a day. I hate those people and hope there's a special place in hell for them....LOL!!
  7. by   ageless

    a website to have some "fun" with telemarketers until you can get off their call list.
  8. by   2ndCareerRN
    There are so many site that are anti-telemarketer it isn't funny, althought many of the sites are:

    and soooo many more.

    If I am just sitting around I will often play with them for a while, beats watching the grass grow!!

  9. by   DebsZoo
    Last edit by DebsZoo on Apr 20, '03
  10. by   CountrifiedRN
    Ageless, that site is great! Thanks for the laugh!

    Woo 2, I've seen an advertisement for the telezapper. When the phone is answered, it gives off the same tones as when a line is disconnected, and the computer that does the calling for the telemarketer thinks it's not a valid number and takes it off the list. Here is the website:

    The other day, I had taken some cold medicine and fell asleep on the couch. Apparently I was snoring pretty loud. A telemarketer called, and my daughter said "here, talk to my mom", and put the phone by my face. Then she sat there giggling while the telemarketer said "hello.......hello.......maam?........I think she's sleeping...........hello?"
    Last edit by CountrifiedRN on May 25, '02
  11. by   canoehead
    If you say "take me off your call list" they are obligated to and can be charged if they continue to call. Take the name of the person you are speaking to just to put a little fear in them. I only get about 1 call/week with this method and an unlisted number.
  12. by   nursejws
    We recently moved just 2 miles from our old apartment and ended up with Southwestern Bell instead of Verizon. (Thank you Jesus!) With Verizon, and maybe this is just a coincidence, we received a ton of telemarketing calls. We had this one that called all flippin' day, on the weekend and as late as 9pm. I'm sorry but that's MY time, and I certainly do not want to be talking to a telemarketer. Leave a message, and if I'm interested, I'll call you. I asked this one guy that called one night, "do you know what time it is", he said, "no ma'am, what time is it?". I said, "it's too damn late for you to be calling my house - do not call back" and i hung up the phone.

    Southwestern Bell has a feature called the "privacy manager". It costs a little more, but I haven't received a telemarketer call yet. WELL, there was this annoying FAX machine that called about 15 times on Friday...but other than that, no problems!
  13. by   Jenny P
    I'm with Canoehead here; if you tell them to "please take us off your call list", get theior name, the time and date and they can't call you again for 1 year (I believe that is the time length). If you receive another call from the compny in that time; you can charge them! I don't get very many telemarketing calls anymore.

    BTW, my husband tried doing phone sales for magazines back when we were very poor once, he is now WAY too polite to them because he knows how it felt to be yelled, cussed, and screamed at (he lasted less than 2 weeks).

    It is best to (politely) interrupt them in their first minute of speech and then say that to them. This saves you the aggravation of dealing with them and it lets them get back to earning their livings. No matter what we think of them, they are just people trying to earn a living, and some are quite good at it while others are there for just a week or 2.
  14. by   judy ann
    My dad would listen to the entire speal and then ask"Can you get that in by next Tuesday? That's when I go to bankrupsy court".

    Another trick that a friend of mine uses. " I'm busy right now. Could I call you back on my lunch time?....... I work nights, and have lunch about 3 AM."

    Another friend tells the telemarketer "You have my home number, may I have yours?" Sometimes, she asks for the social security number!

    Yes, I know I have strange friends!

    In Colorado, as of July 1, those people (more than 500,000 so far) who have signed up as no-call, are to be just that. We are not to receive calls from telemarketers---except from fundraisers, or businesses that we have a connection with (I guess that is one that we bought something from once) If it works, there will be a hefty fine, and can be followed with jail time if the telemarketer company repeats. We'll see. I still like my dad's solution.