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Old 07-08-2018, 01:47 AM
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Old 07-09-2018, 06:35 AM
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I just hang up. Although I have notice a new trick they do where they pretend to be calling for someone else and when you tell them wrong number they try to solicit you for donations.
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My wife suggested a new way of dealing with telemarketers. (Actually, she did not come up with it, originally. She just passed it on to me.)

Whenever my phone shows that the call is from another town or city--and I have no friends or relatives there--I simply answer the phone as follows:

"Gooooooood morning! This is Phillip Johnston, and yoooooooou're on the air!"

It has worked very well the two times that I have tried it so far. I was met with stunned silence both times.

(Obviously, this will not work with robocalls.)
That is, when I feel in a rather charitable mood, I hang up after a few seconds of silence.

If I feel a bit ornery, I will prolong the telemarketer's misery a bit:

"Now, now, now. Please don't be bashful. Speak up! (Today's topic--as you are surely aware--is whether Whirlpool should have ever started making riding lawn mowers.)

"What is your opinion?"

Then, after a few more seconds of silence, I will say:

"Well, this caller is just too bashful. Let's go to anther line..."

And then hang up.
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That is, when I feel in a rather charitable mood, I hang up after a few seconds of silence.

If I feel a bit ornery, I will prolong the telemarketer's misery a bit:

"Now, now, now. Please don't be bashful. Speak up! (Today's topic--as you are surely aware--is whether Whirlpool should have ever started making riding lawn mowers.)

"What is your opinion?"

Then, after a few more seconds of silence, I will say:

"Well, this caller is just too bashful. Let's go to anther line..."

And then hang up.
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or play this loudly starting at 1:35

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdJm3DVg3EM
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Why do you people even answer the phone from a number you do not know?
My phone rings, I don't know who it is, it doesn't get answered.
The scammers and spammers stop calling if the phone doesn't get answered.
It really is that simple.
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Why do you people even answer the phone from a number you do not know?
My phone rings, I don't know who it is, it doesn't get answered.
The scammers and spammers stop calling if the phone doesn't get answered.
It really is that simple.
sometimes you have to
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sometimes you have to
Have to WHAT?
Be an idiot?

Last I looked, I don't "have to" answer my phone. There is no law that says I "have to" answer the phone.
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Why do you people even answer the phone from a number you do not know?
I get more pleasure out of messing with these people than I do out of simply not answering.

Besides, if I am taking a nap (and a phone solicitor often calls when I am doing so), I really do not want it to ring four or five times.
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I just ask telemarketers if they mind if I make some tummy-pancakes while they talk. They usually don't call back.
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