Telemarketer Calls

Hello, Hello, Hello

I don’t usually answer my phone unless the number calling me is in my contacts list. That being said, occasionally I’m expecting an important call and have no idea what number they’ll be calling from. I then get the fun of all the insurance calls, people wanting to buy my house or letting me know my car warranty has expired.

I have noticed that when I answer, there is a definite delay of silence, followed by a “bloop” sound, and then a telemarketer starts their pitch. Most systems are constantly cycling through lists of thousands of phone #’s and dialing each, when the software catches the live person answering it assigns it to the next up telesales person.

There is a slight lag of a few tenths of a second between you picking up and the telesales caller’s microphone going live. After you say “hello” and hear the brief silence and “bloop” you immediately know this wasn’t the call you were waiting on and can hang up. If you have time or the energy in my case, you can talk to them.

Staying on long enough to see what they want and then telling them you’re not interested will sometimes get you deleted from their call list. For the “want to buy my house” calls I have fun sometimes and tell them that I just sold it to one of their competitors. This gets some real sadness sometimes. If they say “my car warranty has just expired” I ask them which car?

They won’t answer that, so I explain that I have several cars and must know which one has the warranty issue. They will start trying to get me to tell them about my car so I say “you called me, you must know which car has the expired warranty!” This is usually where they hang up, if not I do. An article I was reading said that a lot of telemarketing companies will honor your request if you ask “to be placed on their do not call list”. The trouble is that there are multitudes of others that just keep calling.

You can also answer the phone and say nothing for 5 seconds or so. If it is the telemarketing computer it will simply hang up on you, but you’ll definitely be placed on their redial list. Telemarketing isn’t necessarily illegal, but it’s almost inevitably annoying.

How did they get my phone number?
  • You called an 800, 888, and/or 900 number (they use caller I.D. technology and collect phone numbers).
  • You applied for credit.
  • You contribute to charities.
  • You’re a registered voter.
  • You bought anything, or entered any contest, and gave your phone number in the process.
  • Your phone number is on your checks.
  • You call a business, and they have caller I.D. (which, you should assume they do).

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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