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Telemarketer Tactics
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U.S. Telemarketers employ a tactic where they will call and either end the call after 3 rings (it takes 2 rings for caller ID to register) or if you answer, will hangup. An unsuspecting recipient of one of these calls will see a missed call and a phone number. Dialing this number to see who you missed now makes you the instigator of the call to them and trips the exclusionary rule in the Do Not Call law. They now can and will call you from then on.

Here is the newest telemarketer tactic that adds to the first one. If the telemarketer gets your voicemail they will pretend to have called somebody else, like a doctor's office, requesting to change their appointment and leave a number. Most people would think that the person got the wrong number and call them to let them know that they dialed the wrong number. . . BIG MISTAKE! You just called them.

I hope this warning may help somebody.


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(06-02-2016, 11:24 AM)Crimson Nape Wrote: U.S. Telemarketers employ a tactic where they will call and either end the call after 3 rings (it takes 2 rings for caller ID to register) or if you answer, will hangup. An unsuspecting recipient of one of these calls will see a missed call and a phone number. Dialing this number to see who you missed now makes you the instigator of the call to them and trips the exclusionary rule in the Do Not Call law. They now can and will call you from then on.

Here is newest telemarketer tactic that adds to the first one. If the telemarketer gets your voicemail they will pretend to have called somebody else, like a doctor's office, requesting to change their appointment and leave a number. Most people would think that the person got the wrong number and call them to let them know that they dialed the wrong number. . . BIG MISTAKE! You just called them.

I hope this warning may help somebody.

Thank you for warning us. This has been happening to me both with our home phone and with my cell phone and both are listed with the Do Not Call Registry. I was even stupid enough to call back to one of the numbers and sure enough - now they continue to call all hours of the day and night.

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I have gotten into the habit of if I don't recognize the number, I won't answer it. If they want me bad enough, they can leave a VM. Don't do callbacks to unknown numbers either.

BTW, got a telemarketer call on my On-Star system in the car. Reported them to ON-Star.
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I don't respond to numbers that are unknown to me, nor do I do call backs.

Although, my 20 month old Grandaughter will run to the phone, especially if I'm ignoring it, and she will talk their head off. So I just let her do her thing with her babble....eventually they can't take it anymore and hang up. Too-funny
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(06-02-2016, 01:12 PM)OpalRose Wrote: I don't respond to numbers that are unknown to me, nor do I do call backs.

Although, my 20 month old Grandaughter will run to the phone, especially if I'm ignoring it, and she will talk their head off. So I just let her do her thing with her babble....eventually they can't take it anymore and hang up. Too-funny

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Good to know. I haven't had problems with calls, and can block any number pretty quickly to prevent them from calling back. I automatically block all anonymous calls with no caller ID.
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(06-02-2016, 12:56 PM)Homerec130 Wrote: I have gotten into the habit of if I don't recognize the number, I won't answer it. If they want me bad enough, they can leave a VM. Don't do callbacks to unknown numbers either.

BTW, got a telemarketer call on my On-Star system in the car. Reported them to ON-Star.

I do this as well Homerec, especially if it is an area code I do not recognize!! & you are absolutely right, if they need to talk bad enough, they'll leave VM!!!

LMBO @ idiots calling ONSTAR! Laugh-a-lot
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I don't worry about blocking telemarketers. I hang up immediately without saying anything if they call me--I don't care if they think it's rude. If I see a number I don't recognize on my caller ID, I Google it before calling them back, and it's usually a scam telemarketer.
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An interesting psychological test is to just let the phone ring and see who answers it. In the classroom the other day the in class phone rang while I'm in the middle of a lesson. I just let it ring. The class teacher raced out of her little office to answer it, glaring at me in the process for not answering the call.

As soon as she put the phone down she demanded to know why I didn't answer it. My response both infuriated her and also made her think (I hope). I said...

"If nobody had answered that call, how dire would the consequences have been? Was it a matter of life or death? Could that call have been made later? Would an e-mail to you have also worked?"

Are you one of those people who just have to answer the phone?
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(06-02-2016, 01:29 PM)GrammaBear Wrote:
(06-02-2016, 01:12 PM)OpalRose Wrote: I don't respond to numbers that are unknown to me, nor do I do call backs.

Although, my 20 month old Grandaughter will run to the phone, especially if I'm ignoring it, and she will talk their head off. So I just let her do her thing with her babble....eventually they can't take it anymore and hang up. Too-funny

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Soo cute! Luv it Too-funny Laugh-a-lot
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