All Survey Calls aka Telemarketer Calls Informative - Telemarket Calls Disguised as A Survey!

Review by zonibrat on 2007-06-19
PHOENIX, ARIZONA -- I listed on the DNC Registry as soon as it came out & until the last 6-8 months, it was a great idea - now, calls are coming in under the guise of "Survey"
A Heating & Cooling pitch started off with "We calling to set up your PM on your heat pump to get ready for summer" I knew from Caller ID it wasn't the company my contract is with & they hung up after I responded "Wow, thats a great offer. Let's schedule ASAP & then I will give you all my family and friends phone numbers so they can get this freebie your offering too!"
I have been reporting the violators, but since the calls are increasing - that obviously isn't deterring these companies.

Any suggestions? Anyone else find a way to resolve? It was so nice not to have any calls for all these years, it is even more annoying to revisit that again.

Same problem with the junk mail/solicitations. My name is on every opt out list know to me, no junk mail for the past 4-6 years & it is now flooding back in this past year. Yes, I do send everything that can fit into every postage paid return = with my name & Remove instructions, as Andy Rooney suggested.

What is everyone else doing to stem the tide?!/?
Comments:12 Replies - Latest reply on 2007-06-20
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-06-19:
Those survey calls are getting to be a pain. What I do is let them set up an appointment but when they ask to confirm name and address I get belligerent by asking them "You have my number but not my name or address?" Usually they hang up at that point.

I also enjoy stringing the telemarketers along. My favorite is to pretend I am answering the door to find an ex-lover threatening me. I created the sound effects of a fight concluding with the sound of a gunshot and then silence. They never call back.
Posted by S on 2007-06-19:
I've been getting lots of calls lately about random installations. They never say the name of the business clearly... and they go on to say that "our order is ready we just need to sign the invoice. Contact us as soon as you can, etc..." I some how feel it is some new tricky telemarketing technique so I never call back. It has happened on more than one occasion with the company being different.
Posted by Hugh_Jorgen on 2007-06-19:
Quite a few in my area are hiring people to call from home - so your caller ID says "Smith, Mary 555-555-1212". If you answer, they then identify themselves as Mary Smith with ABC Heating and Cooling or whatever. So now if I don't know them, I just let them roll into voicemail.
Posted by jenjenn on 2007-06-19:
PassingBy - that is too freakin funny!!! Gunshot...LOL!!!
Posted by runaway on 2007-06-19:
If it's for anything expensive, ask them if they accept foodstamps. Works almost every time! Or ask for a personal phone number to discuss this "great opportunity" at a later time, then point out that you work nights and will be calling at about 3AM.
Posted by Starlord on 2007-06-19:
Some great responses, ROFL. When they say it is a survey, I just talk over them, saying I'm not interested, and hang up. What got under my skin was during the last political campaign, we kept getting recorded calls from candidates. Made me wish I had the candidate's home phone number, so I could call them at 3 AM and tell them their call had cost them a vote.
Posted by zonibrat on 2007-06-19:
Good suggestions! I bet no calls back after a gunshot effect. Yes, the politicians gotta go.
Perhaps we could get enough generated complaints to FCC, State Attorney Generals, etc. to make it happen. I already know that FTC won't even investigate violation of Truth in Billing unless "enough people complain about the same company"
Can we try to generate some positive responses by collective effort??
Posted by zonibrat on 2007-06-19:
sparticus - the irony is these companies are already violating the law a) by calling those on dnc list b) law says they can't block their company name or number - but they do - and FCC says there is nothing they can do to enforce it! No enforcement.
Posted by *Brenda* on 2007-06-19:
I get 2 or 3 "unavailable" calls every day. One at 9:30 am, 5:30 pm and maybe one after that. EVERY day. The thing is, when I pick it up, they hang up. I wonder what I can do about that. I am also on the DNC list.
Posted by zonibrat on 2007-06-20:
yeah, I pay for caller id & get more 'private caller' no info with each passing day! funny how that used to not be able to happen & 'technology' has basically rendered caller id outdated!

I am truly beginning to believe the general public are the only fools who believe the so called 'consumer protection' agencies. Their rules look just good enough so we don't revolt when taxing us to death to pay their salaries while the companies fully realize the minimal consequences for violation. And the solicitations, junk mail & politicians just keep on coming.
Posted by cadydid on 2007-06-20:
My favorite way to deal with these guys is to turn the phone over to my kids. My son is a Yu-gi-oh GX freak and will talk about it to complete strangers. It's usually not too long before he is handing me back the phone.

Though I must admit my 17 yr old took a bit too far this weekend.. I come into the kitchen to hear her giving a detailed description of the cramps and bloating that goes along with her time of the month. When she wrote telemarketer on the dry erase board I about fell over .
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-06-20:
cadydid, ROFLMAO!!

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