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titaniumtux wrote:
Jan 26th, 2018 10:49 pm
Aside the inbound call filtering or changing your number, there's not much you can do.

What I'd recommend is to try the following tricks:
  1. Answer the call, greet them as if they won a cruise ticket, asking them for their age and credit card number
  2. Answer the call, rather than talking, play a recording from a speaker (separate device) that says "the number you have dialed is not in service"
  3. Pick up the call, put the call on speaker, and carry on with other trivial activities (watch a movie, sing in the shower, drink your preferred hot or cold beverage of choice, get some work done)
  4. Recycle the cruise ship tickets example with a dating agency, fortune telling service, online casino, etc.
Hopefully by annoying their diallers they'll give up on you.

I used to get cruise ship calls until I mirrored their questions (their age and credit card number), and they quickly gave up.
That's not going to help

Most of these callers are using auto dialers over VoIP. If someone answers a call, the auto dialer usually hunts for an agent. That is why you hear silence until an agent gets on the call

No one sold your number. Most of these companies pick an area code, an exchange and just dial the 10,000 numbers in that exchange.

ie

416 555 0000 - 416 555 9999
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Gee wrote:
Jan 27th, 2018 2:33 pm
That's not going to help

Most of these callers are using auto dialers over VoIP. If someone answers a call, the auto dialer usually hunts for an agent. That is why you hear silence until an agent gets on the call

No one sold your number. Most of these companies pick an area code, an exchange and just dial the 10,000 numbers in that exchange.

ie

416 555 0000 - 416 555 9999
If you troll them, after a few calls, they'll cross out your number from their dialers. Fact is, there's a cost for them to get an agent on the line for 30 seconds before they hang up. Ignore their call or hang up early, they have nearly no cost to that, and they'll try again later. Even in destinations where labour is cheap, they don't wanna be trolled. These agents also don't handle disrespect too well :lol:
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titaniumtux wrote:
Jan 27th, 2018 5:07 pm
If you troll them, after a few calls, they'll cross out your number from their dialers. Fact is, there's a cost for them to get an agent on the line for 30 seconds before they hang up. Ignore their call or hang up early, they have nearly no cost to that, and they'll try again later. Even in destinations where labour is cheap, they don't wanna be trolled. These agents also don't handle disrespect too well :lol:
There is a flip side to that.

If you answer the call, they know the number is valid and they sell lists to other telemarketers.

Most of these agents are paid hourly plus commission, they get paid if you troll them. All you’re doing is annoying them.
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I am surprised truecaller has not been mentioned yet..
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Gee wrote:
Jan 27th, 2018 7:08 pm
There is a flip side to that.

If you answer the call, they know the number is valid and they sell lists to other telemarketers.

Most of these agents are paid hourly plus commission, they get paid if you troll them. All you’re doing is annoying them.
It's worked for me. Trolling them has been my most successful method of getting them to lose my digits. Feel free to offer other tricks from experience.
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I am surprised truecaller has not been mentioned yet..
Plus a plethora of other apps. They'll shoot calls to voicemail AFAIK. Probably a good solution for OP, since they come preloaded with a list of numbers that are classified as spam. Won't catch everything, but can certainly help.

Only annoyance is clearing out the voicemail box more often.
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Used to get these telemarketing/spam calls on the home phone. They keep coming even if I don't answer them. I had answering machine turned on then, some of these calls will get to the answering machine when I don't answer them. Some leave a message, some just hang up at that point. One day I decide to turn off the answering machine and let the phone ring and I don't answer the phone. After several days, the spam calls stop as they know no one will answer the phone.
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The best telemarketing calls I get is A+ duct cleaning services. I just love it when they call, so that I can waste their time (if I'm bored out of my mind and have nothing better to do..lol) When they ask me, "How big is your house sir?" I reply, "8000 sq ft". Usually when they know I be trolling them, and they loose interest in the call and hang up. But I had one agent who got pissed off and started saying shit about my family. I just played along because the dude was hilarious and the only swear word he used was "F" this and "F" that.
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deepanMedia wrote:
Jan 29th, 2018 7:48 am
The best telemarketing calls I get is A+ duct cleaning services. I just love it when they call, so that I can waste their time (if I'm bored out of my mind and have nothing better to do..lol) When they ask me, "How big is your house sir?" I reply, "8000 sq ft". Usually when they know I be trolling them, and they loose interest in the call and hang up. But I had one agent who got pissed off and started saying shit about my family. I just played along because the dude was hilarious and the only swear word he used was "F" this and "F" that.
+1

Now that you mentioned it, merged the thread.
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The other day I had a Bell telemarketing company called me. I thought it was funny because he started off the convo by saying, "Hi Sir, I am calling from Bell Customer appreciation services. I believe you don't have services with Bell for internet/home phone/TV? Is that correct?". Even tho I have Bell internet and home phone! Do these guys even know or care what services you have?
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I. Get. One. A. Day.

At least.

On each phone.

One on my cell, one on my landline.

Sometimes twice.

It's driving me nuts. I don't know what else to do. I'm considering taking this to my MP and MPP.
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eednapes wrote:
Jan 30th, 2018 4:17 pm
I. Get. One. A. Day.

At least.

On each phone.

One on my cell, one on my landline.

Sometimes twice.

It's driving me nuts. I don't know what else to do. I'm considering taking this to my MP and MPP.
The maddening thing is that neither the CRTC nor the phone companies will do anything about it. It would seem like a simple matter for the CRTC to set up a sting where you agree to have ducts cleaned, and then charge the people who show up. And I am sure a lot of people end up cancelling their Bell service since it is now just an enabler for illegal marketers.

I can usually recognize a telemarketer from what appears (or not) on the call display, so I just don't pick up in those cases. If I do pick up, and there is no immediate greeting, I don't wait for the marketing agent to pick up the call and I just hang up. But as a result, I do hang up on some legitimate calls. But our friends will have to learn to put their number and name in their outgoing call display. I have friends who come up as "private name, private number" when they call! Doh! Also, please don't dial me on your mobile and then wait 30 secs to put the phone to your ear! I will hang up before you get around to speaking.

I wish I could block ALL calls from India and Pakistan. I asked my VOIP provider about that, but they can't. I can filter on number but since they all spoof local numbers that is useless. One result of all this is that I am thinking "scam" whenever I hear a Hindi/Urdu accent over the phone, even when the call is legit.

I have both landline and VOIP service. If I could port my landline to VOIP, I could set up a little IVR that would block 95% of these marketing calls from getting through, i.e. "press 1 for Mr. Dealmaker and press 2 for Mrs. Dealmaker". But I have a special situation that makes me want to keep my landline for now.
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I moved my business number to a voip service and asked the ISP to block all calls from India, Pakistan and the Philippines. The ISP needs a couple of days to process this and I'm hoping that the "Duck cleaning" calls that I receive at least twice a week come to an end. The only issue with doing this for me is companies like Dell and some others have legit support centers in these countries and I have to use a different number for these services.
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The problem with trying to block offshore calls is that these folks somehow get the phone number of a real company here and use that somehow. The call display shows a Toronto phone number but its fake as I have tried calling back and they have no idea what I am talking about. How do they do that from India?
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Next time follow through with it, tell them you want your air ducts cleaned and when they show up tell them they were here yesterday and you paid cash. If you keep wasting there time I think they will get the hint. If everybody does this it might put them out of business.

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