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Annoying marketing phone calls? Try this! — 14 Comments

  1. Lately I’ve been getting messages on my answering machine that are just an annoying buzzzz. I suppose that’s their computer’s six seconds of trying to decide if a real body answered…?

  2. Hey Patsy, you could be right.

    I once worked in a place where we would sometimes get a voicemail that consisted of 1 minute of ‘on hold’ music… telephones can do strange things once you start combining them with complex machines (pabx, computers, fax switches, etc).

  3. I always try to be polite when I get these calls, but if the caller won’t take “no thanks” for an answer then I figure I can tell them a story in return.

    Last caller was a flogger of finance – I told him that I robbed banks for a living and therefore had plenty of money, and would he like some of mine – at a good rate – instead?

    Callers flogging holidays get told I’m facing a lengthy jail term, and will the offer still be available when I get out? Or, conversely, is the destination a location that Australia doesn’t have an extradition treaty with?

    Whatever the yarn I spin, the aim is the same as yours – to slow them down in their calling activity.

  4. I agree with Harry always be polite that way you can keep them hanging on. I’ll list a few of the ones I have used, I now look upon it as a sport
    1. ask them how they have got hold of a classified number, and do they have a 5 digit code to proceed, amazing how many times they try it.
    2.Ask for the name of the company they calling on behalf of, then “hang on” while I write it down, then explain to them that you need the information for a class action against this company in the Australian Federal Court for harasing calls tell them it’s a new law.
    I have loads more but I won’t bore you with them all

  5. I keep hitting ########### until they hang up if its a computer it will confuse it and won’t dial you again, I hope

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