Experiencing more telemarketing calls lately?

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  1. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    Since being put on notice with the advent of DoNotCall.gov, the telemarketing industry has become a beast wildly thrashing its tail as it lies dying. This crowd knows it's not a popular one and that the people have spoken, so, at least with me, it's making a final assault.

    Ever since DoNotCall.gov went up, telemarketers have been upping the ante at my place, calling incessently from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The upswing has been unmistakable. And it's so bad now that I screen all my calls during this time period.

    In true low-class spirit, most of these calls are now "hang-ups." If not that, the message will kick in with what first seems like a dial tone that quickly fades, and then the "message" terminates. To minimize the annoyance, I turn off my telephone's ringer during these hours (I do not like to have my evening Star Trek: TNG DVD experience interrupted).

    Thing is, why should anybody have to put up with this at all?

    October cannot arrive soon enough.

    And another thing that bugs me: Why the hell is there not a single deli in Los Angeles that can offer roast beef that is actually roasted? Is there something about Angelenos that makes blood-red deli roast beef appealing? The stuff doesn't even taste like beef when it's raw. I mean, what's the deal here? I want deli roast beef that has been cooked, damn it.

    Oh, and I still hate station-bug logos as much as ever. They're one of three major reasons I cancelled cable TV in my house.
     
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    anything else Jack? tailgaters, loud boom cars, friends that don't get it? [​IMG]
     
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    You forgot to mention Dave.

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  4. James St

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    Yeah I'm starting to get a lot of calls. Half the time there is nobody on the other end. I'm tired of it so I'm adding privacy directory to my phone service features. With the package I already have it will only cost $1.95 a month. Now any unknown caller will have to identify themselves by stating their name before my phone ever even rings. I can then choose to accept the call or blow it off.
     
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    I've noticed the same thing myself. Since signing up for the national Do Not Call list, I've been getting a lot more calls. When they call, I politely tell them that I am on the National Do Not Call list and that it would be in their best interest to take me off of their list. When October rolls around, I'm going to report every single call I get.
     
  6. JeremyFr

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    I haven't noticed an upswing since adding my name to the list yet though I'm at work from 3pm till 11:45 and most telemarketers are quite answering machine shy.
     
  7. Pamela

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    Between my Telezapper and my caller ID, I don't have much of a telemarketing problem. Put myself on the do not call list for good measure, though. Now, if somebody could magically make my email spam go away. No, I do not want a Russian bride, hot teens, more stamina with Viagra, or a bigger....
     
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    I have not noticed an increase in telemarketer calls. For about the past week however, I have been getting about five times the amount of spam IM's.
     
  9. CharlesD

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    I haven't seen an increase in calls at all because I have been on my State do not call list since last year. The state list pretty much put an end to telemarketing calls! [​IMG]
     
  10. BrianW

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    I have a computer programmed to answer Out-of-Area and Privacy calls and take messages before my phones ring, so I don't even know when they come in. I normally would receive about a dozen to twenty calls per week. The last time I checked the computer log, I noticed that I received 128 calls just last weekend.

    Yes, there definitely has been an increase.
     
  11. Max Leung

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    I started getting a lot of calls 3 years ago because I made the mistake of donating to the Cancer society, a diabetes organization, and an asthma association.

    I will never donate again because of the awesome number of calls I get...3 times a day every day at least.

    I have caller id, so I just ignore them.
     
  12. Patrick Sun

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    I simply screen all my calls, unless I'm feeling lucky, which is rarely, very rarely. It's gotten to the point where I have started ignoring calls at work (which is not a good thing), but I have to condition myself to pick up those calls and be cognizant of where I be at the time a call rings through. [​IMG]
     
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    There's no question I've been getting a ton of telemarketing calls lately (3-5 every day). Amazingly, the vast majority of them are mortgage companies wanting me to refinance. (At least the Caller ID indicates this - one mortage company after another comes up on the display.)

    I've started answering them myself and giving the "do not call list" spiel recently because it seems that the same ones are calling over and over.

    Anyone else getting overwhelmed by mortgage companies?

    -greg
     
  14. Steve_Tk

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    I think I get them a lot. There are quite a few on the caller ID. But I do not have the ringers on in my house. If it's someone that needs to talk to me, then they leave a message and I call back in 5 seconds, the machine picks up after 1 ring.

    If it's really important then people call my cell. I just got fed up of picking up the phone basically. Especially since half the time I really was not in the mood to talk to whoever was calling. Now I make the decision of when I talk to people. I love it.
     
  15. Mitch Stevens

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    I too have been experiencing more telemarketing calls. Luckily, I sleep during the day, and am awake during the night. When I sleep, I take my phone off the hook, so they don't wake me up. But when I am awake during those hours, I get non-stop calls!
     
  16. Jack Briggs

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    An update: I screened calls all day yesterday — a Saturday! — and I received nearly ten hang-ups, one fading dial-tone "message," and what might have been an inadvertant call from a cell phone (all I could hear was an in-progress conversation in what sounded like someone's living room before the "message" cut off about five seconds later). There were only three legitimate messages.

    All while I was trying to screen The Pianist, damn it.

    And on Monday evening, after work, I am going to stop at the excellent Bristol Farms store on Fairfax and Sunset. If the roast beef is the shade of the crimson evening sun, I am going to complain, and order sliced honey-barbeque chicken instead. The best roast turkey can be found at Canter's Deli on Fairfax (an L.A. institution, btw). And the Whole Foods Market at Fairfax and Santa Monica, a pretentious upscale grocery store that purports to sell only organic products, is also a haven for bleeding roast beef.

    I've seen much better in several other areas of the country. I don't understand why it is Los Angeles residents prefer roast beef that has barely been cooked. Wouldn't there be bacterial issues to consider?
     
  17. John Miles

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    Lose your landline. No, really. Lose it. You probably don't need it.

    Cell phones don't get telemarketing calls. When they (rarely) do, it's a big-time violation of Federal law, and repeat calls are never a problem after you point that out.
     
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    Here in Indiana, we have an excellent do not call list in place. It works well. You may have sun, surf, babes, and raw roast beef in CA, but we have peace and quiet.

    Besides, the wing is on alert just in case any telemarketers try something....
     

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