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    Three Little Words That Work!!

    (1) The three little words: 'Hold On, Please...'
    Saying this, while putting down your phone and walking off (instead of hanging-up immediately) would make each telemarketing call so much more time-consuming that boiler room sales would grind to a halt.

    Then when you eventually hear BT's 'beep-beep-beep' tone, you know it's time to go back and hang up your have efficiently completed your task.
    These three little words could help eliminate telephone soliciting.

    (2) Do you ever get those annoying phone calls with no one on the other end?
    This is a telemarketing technique where a machine makes phone calls and record’s the time of day when a person answers the phone.

    This technique is then used to determine the best time of day for a 'real' salesperson to call back and get someone at home.

    What you can do after answering: If you notice there is no one there, is to immediately start hitting your # button on the phone, 6 or 7 times, as quickly as possible. This confuses the machine that dialled the call and it kicks your number out of their system. Gosh, what a shame not to have your name in their system any longer!!!

    (3) When you get those 'pre-approved' letters in the mail for everything from credit cards to 2nd mortgages and similar type junk, do not throw away the return envelope.

    Most of these come with postage-prepaid return envelopes, right?

    It costs them more than the regular postage 'IF' and when they are returned. It costs them nothing if you throw them away! In that case, why not get rid of some of your other junk mail and put it in these cool little, postage-prepaid return envelopes.

    Send an advert for your local chimney sweeper to American Express... they might need one!
    Send a pizza coupon to HSBC... in case their canteen packs up. You get the idea.
    If you didn't get anything else that day, then just send them back their blank application form.... after all, it is their form!

    If you want to remain anonymous, just make sure your name isn't on anything you return.

    You can even send the envelope back empty if you want to just to keep them guessing! It still costs them, and it is their envelope after all… you are just returning it!!!!

    The banks and credit card companies are currently getting a lot of their own junk back in the post, but folks....we need to OVERWHELM them, in order to stop them.

    Let's let them know what it's like to get lots of junk mail, and best of all they're paying for it...Twice!

    Let's help keep Royal Mail busy. Since the Royal Mail is saying that e-mail is cutting into their business profits, let's help them so they will not need to increase postage costs again. You get the idea!

    If enough people follow these tips, it will work ---- maybe you'll get very little junk mail anymore.

    If it 'ain't broken........ Don't try to mend it !

  • #2
    I got one of those calls the other night from a very high pressure boiler room type. I kept him on the phone for half an hour arguing with him. He finally hung up on me in frustration.


    • #3
      My eyes hurt


      • #4
        I connect my home line to fax which answers after 1 ring so nobody can really bother me with this tele people. HOWEVER, if I'm in such a feeling that I like to talk then I will keep them talk to me as long as possible. My record is 1 and a half hour . I gave that poor tele girl every hope that I would buy her sea travel package. I asked here all sort of questions I could think of.

        Finally I told her that I was only 16 so I could not make any decision and that my parents were away and would come back in a week's time. I still gave her a BIG hope that I would be able to persuade my parents to buy her package because they really liked sea travel.

        She rang me again a week later to find that I told her my parents'd just booked a package with another tele girl because they'd thought it was her LOL.

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        • #5
          When a telemarketer asks for me by name, I reply, "He's back in jail again, and he still owes me money."
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Horscht View Post
            When a telemarketer asks for me by name, I reply, "He's back in jail again, and he still owes me money."
            Never thought of that one!!!
            A portuguese photojournalist living in Brazil.


            • #7
              Originally posted by Horscht View Post
              When a telemarketer asks for me by name, I reply, "He's back in jail again, and he still owes me money."
              I think I might just have to steal this from you. Not that I get any telemarketers calling me; just a whole lot of people with the wrong number.


              • #8
                ....and this one had me howling with laughter....

                If it 'ain't broken........ Don't try to mend it !


                • #9
                  Instead of sending junk mail with those prepaid envelopes, you should tape over the address and use those to send Christmas cards to your friends and relatives


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by brianw999 View Post
                    ....and this one had me howling with laughter....

                    Good one Brian, that one made my day


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ATFS_Crash
                      the salesman abruptly ended the call with my brother-in-law when my brother-in-law admitted that he was renting and the landlord would not approve such changes as my brother-in-law burst out in maniacal laughing.
                      Fascist liberal.


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by brianw999 View Post
                        ....and this one had me howling with laughter....

                        May I use this when the next tele-marketer calls me?! (approx.:"Kriminalpolizei Düsseldorf, we know why you are calling...")
                        Those advert-guys seem to know alot about how to bother surprised phone victims, so why not surprise the adv-guys?
                        That's what airlines are good for, amongst others,
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