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  • Profile photo of techhowsetechhowse
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    I’ve fallen victim to those annoying unwanted phone calls.. these phone calls are not necessarily from India.

    The phone calls are those ones that are selling their service or product sometimes claming that the receipient is a randomly chosen number to receive a so called ‘heavily discounted holiday’

    Does anyone know a solution to get rid of these annoying phone calls? How does it work?.. how did they know my name?

    Just another word, some companies who conduct these operations sometimes get people signed up and billed for joining the telco they didn’t know they signed up to, all this is because the receipient of the phone call said ‘yes’.

    If anyone can contribute anything.. it would be great.

    Profile photo of calvin_thirty4calvin_thirty4
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    Hi techhouse,

    Cheers
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    Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to always try something one more time.
    – Thomas Edison

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    Hi techhouse,
    as I said in the other post, I excuse myself by claiming my kids are doing something theyr’e not supposed to or some other lame excuse and leave the phone down. Sometimes my 4 yr old will pick up the phone and have a yack, but they tend to be gone when I get back, you know, after half and hour or so. I don’t tend to get too many cals any more, mabe the season, maybe my tackticks???????

    The first time is always the hardest! It gets easier.

    Cheers
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    Whoops – must be a glitch in my fingers! [blush2]

    Anyhoo,

    Just another word, some companies who conduct these operations sometimes get people signed up and billed for joining the telco they didn’t know they signed up to, all this is because the receipient of the phone call said ‘yes’.

    Yea they use voice recognition recording software, but they have to tell you about it at the beginning, otherwise it is not legally binding. Having said that, if you’re not on the phone to say ‘yes’ they can’t get you, can they! [satan]

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    ask for their name and say
    name, Im really not interested in what you are offering, thank you for you call,

    If they keep going…..

    say, name, is there anything else I can help you with today?

    This line gives you a quick escape!

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    Thanks for contributing calvin and Dr. X

    the other day a company called to ask for my pop. I told them that he wasn’t available and asked if they wanted to leave a message.
    they then asked me a question which was totally irrelavant to what they were trying to market, which somehow, made me answered yes.
    This is a bit like that game where someone can’t say yes or no. I hope I can learn from this mistake by not answering ‘yes’..

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    I quite enjoy strange phonecalls. If you’re bored, try “Oh yeah, you sound hot”, and if that is not enough to send them packing, follow up with “so, what are you wearing?”…

    There is a wealth of fun to be had. For example, this is a true story from last night, around 6.30pm:

    [phone rings]
    ME: Hello, M_______ speaking.
    [pause, some distant clicking]
    ME: Hello, M_______ speaking?
    India: Hello, is this Mr Dave?
    ME: Nope, this is M_______.
    India: Oh, ok. Can I speak to Mr Dave please?
    ME: Uh… Yes, this is Dave, how are you?
    India: Hello Mr Dave, This is Rachel from Citibank calling, I would just like a few moments of your time..
    ME: Look, this is a bad time…
    India: Oh, sorry sir, can I call you back?
    ME: Yes, that would be great, you see there’s a cow that’s escaped from a nearby farm and has got into my backyard and I need to go out there and kill it. Could you call back in five minutes?
    India: Oh…. I’ll call you… on Monday then.
    ME: Great… oh s**t, that bloody cow! RIGHT, COME HERE!…

    T’will be interesting to see if ‘Rachel’ calls back tomorrow night. I’ll be prepared if she does.

    Apologies to all and any Hindus.

    F.[cowboy2]

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    Indian sounding voice on phone
    “I can save you money on your phone calls’

    Me
    “how are things in Bagalore today?”

    Isvop
    “velly,velly good. What company do you use?”

    Me
    “Mmmhh,what do you represent?”

    Isvop
    “Optus”

    Me
    “I will not support a company that’s moved it’s call centre’s off-shore.i want jobs here in Oz for my grand children and beyond. goodbye.”

    hangs up phone

    No calls since

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    Foundation – you have a wicked sense of humour!

    I am imprest (not that that matters to any-one) – you are always so stern on your other posts, good to see……

    Cheers
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    Goodness you are all so polite!

    As soon as I hear “May I speak with Mr or Mrs….” Or When I see “overseas” on caller ID, before they even get a chance to begin I forcefully say “Sorry not interested” and hang-up.

    Though I did get myself into trouble the other week – I was having a particularly trying evening. (Feed & bath time at the zoo, and most significant other OS 4 work) and I had a go at them, something along the lines of “How dare you call me uninvited, if I wanted your damn product I’D CALL YOU” and hung up. Turns out it was an elderly relative calling from the UK. – Very big OPPPPSS. Wrote him a very apologetic letter begging forgiveness and blaming stress – I’m back on the Xmas card list!

    I believe they are a public nuisance, and should be stopped. They should throw the directors of companies who engage in such practices into jail with no parol! Last local election we had both of the major parties ringing with TAPED RECORDINGS! I was incensed – How dare they assume I have the time to waste listening to their ads. If I am looking for something I will contact them. This is no better than stalking! Or prank calls. We are bombarded enough with advertising, (Yeah I mute ads) It’s on billboards, radio, TV, magazines, but these are passive means, a ringing telephone is not passive, it is intrusive! Then they barely introduce themselves and they are off on their tirade of crap. – there must be something that can be done to stop this disregard for peoples sanity!

    Sorry for the soap box but I feel very strongly about this!
    M

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    I have (for twenty years or more) had an unlisted number and am never bothered with these types of calls (except when I have entered a “competition” and then I know I may receive a call). Until recently when my parents unlisted their number they got maybe one or two calls a night sometimes. Drove them crazy.

    The problem with unlisted numbers is that with three kids, unless their friends get their number at school, they cannot contact them easily.

    If you unlist your number now, the calls will stop once the new book comes out.

    I love not getting the calls, but in a way, I’d love one or two to come through so I could try some of the great suggestions on this forum.

    Regards, Wylie.

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    Hi Foundation,
    I’m sitting in an internet cafe in Calcutta and today I couldn’t get a phone to work for the life of me!!! Maybe I should have asked if I could make a prank call to OZ?
    “Oh, here sir try this one!”
    “Gee, thanks!”
    Then after I managed to call home I stepped outside and stepped in cow cuck! I could have killed that cow (if only I could find the one who did it!).
    There was a bit of a scare last night too in New Delhi. I was having a drink at the Fairlawn Hotel and the guy I was raving to got a call and 3 bombs just went off there, killing about 100 people. One bomb hit Pahargang which is where I always stay and is a major hang out for Backpackers. Anyway, if I hear of any sus phone calls to Oz, I’ll be shore to get their no. There’s my rickshaw, gotta go!
    Cheers,
    Baba Gatsby!

    “Sometimes the hardest thing to do in life is often the best thing to do.”

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    You can remove your name by going here: http://www.adma.com.au.
    top right corner (Do not contact service), or if you ask them to remove your name from the database they must by law.

    CATA
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    The one thing I found that worked is to deny that Mr or Mrs X lived here. If they ask for either of these people I know they’re going through the phone book.
    Since I’m not a Mrs (or a Mr) and my children don’t have a surname of X they don’t know me or my children, so I don’t want to talk to them.
    Had a persistent one though the other night who said she’d call back later then … and she did another 2 times … but she didn’t change her question so I didn’t change my answer!

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    thanks cala, I’ve finally removed the man that lived here before me and passed away as there is an option to removed a deceased person from their lists, lets hope after 6 weeks the mail will stop flowing!

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