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Cold Calling Telesales(again)

Discussion in 'Rants & Raves' started by jojo, Jan 19, 2010.

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    [Jan 19, 2010]
    Another stupid call from a telecommuncations company.

    Phone rings, I have caller ID, number is 0440XXXXXXXXX, so kinda prepared myself.

    Conversation goes like this,

    Me: Hello
    Them: <slight delay>Hello, can I speak to Mr TXXX please(it's me btw)
    Me: Who??!?
    Them: Mr TXXX, the business owner?
    Me: Errr, I think you have the wrong number, there is no Mr TXXX here. :)
    Them: Ok, is the business owner about?
    Me: What does it concern?
    Them: It's ABC123 communications, we're calling to offer a reduction on your current business line<line is really bad and crackling>
    Me: I see, unfortunately, I'm locked into a telephone contract with my current supplier for the next 5 years *hint hint*, so I won't be requiring any service from you, as I have the cheapest around. :)
    Them: It's ok sir, we can...........

    I SLAM the phone down hard! lol

    Do they never learn? I'M NOT INTERESTED!
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    [Jan 19, 2010]
    I don't get business phone contract calls but I do get quite a few trying to get me to change over my current private phone over to them.

    I just say - Can you give me 10Mb broadband, a phone line and free calls 24/7 for £25.00 per month. Err No is the usual reply. So I say that's what I'm getting at the moment. Oh, sorry to trouble you. Goodbye.
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    [Jan 19, 2010]
    I've registered with the Telephone Preference Service, and it's cut them right down. I still get the odd one or two, but they get a bit sheepish when I tell them we are registered with TPS and I will be reporting them straightaway!
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    [Jan 19, 2010]
    Yes so am I but I think the get round it by saying I'm an existing customer of theirs for some other product. The last one I received about the change of telephone was from Southern Electric who I purchase and Gas and Electricity from. The other dodge is from people like Angian Windows. I had a new front door fitted by them a couple of years ago and they ring up on the pretext of checking that everything is still OK. and then go on to say by the way we have a rep in your area next week. Would you like us to get him to call on you to see if there is anything else we can do for you.
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    [Jan 19, 2010]
    Yes that's where TPS falls down a bit. But if they wake me in the day when I'm working nights they dont seem to stay on the phone too long ...
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    [Jan 20, 2010]
    Got another call today, this time, the number was withheld, and they 'heard' the business was under new management.

    Just registered myself with TPS, hope it bloomin works!
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    [Jan 20, 2010]
    It takes a month or so I think, but as I said I virtually get any calls now.
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    Nilz Defo worth the wait :)

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    [Jan 20, 2010]
    I hate door to door as well, i mean I had someone come just earlier on collecting for charity just as I was sitting down to eat, so I said which one is it this time!!!

    She took me by surprise and said we are actually collecting for your local sperm bank.......I tell you what, i gave her a right mouthful!!!!!

    :undwech:
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    [Jan 21, 2010]
    I registered with TPS and it has helped - there is also a Mail Preference System to cut down on junk mail.

    The other way they get round it is in the forms you fill in and in the small print you have to be ultracareful to see if it is TICK the box or DO NOT TICK the box if you agree to them and 'carefully' selected third parties contacting you - they keep changing this around so it takes time to work out 'to tick or not to tick'.
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    [Jan 22, 2010]
    mmmm, Credit card junk mail - we write "P1SS OFF" on the application form and post it back in the enclosed freepost envelope - usually works :haha:
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    [Jan 22, 2010]
    Hi Joe, my friend sent me this last year... so you can be prepared for the next call.. that's if you haven't scared them off yet. :eyebrows:


    REVENGE ON THE TELEMARKETER

    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 handset....you 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.


    [FONT=&quot]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!
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    [Jan 24, 2010]
    My dad seems to take great joy in sending junk mail back to other junk mail senders in those envelopes lol

    I've only had a BT line for about 7 months and I get a couple of junk calls a week, normally asking for the same bloke. I also get the odd random call like the one the other day: "Hello mate it's Steve!"

    I'll definitely be doing the "Hold on please..." trick :cool:
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    [Jan 24, 2010]
    I had a similiar phone call from some called Mum who keeps calling me at silly times.

    So i slammed the f****g phone down, but this women is persistant.
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    Best prank on a telemarketer by an american comedian imho. Listen and learn.
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    [Jan 26, 2010]
    "If gay is your way, that's fine" LOL

    :respekt:
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    [Feb 23, 2010]
    Just a quick question.

    Is it illegal to feed false information to anyone calling, offering their services? Because I find it funny, I've been giving false names and some BS about being under new management to see how far the information goes. Already had one utility service calling offering discounts to Mr J. Smith, who apparently owns my Chinese Take Away! LOL
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    [Feb 23, 2010]
    I get sick of these people... Normally some computer from india saying.
    Them: "err can i speak to Mr. J***** please?
    Me: "Who's speaking?"
    Them: Well we are calling from ABC wondering if we could talk to Mr J*****
    Me: RIGHT. You've rang before and now im going to make it very clear, dont call me again. Delete me from your list. YOU HEAR ME?
    Them: err okay sir.. well if...(i distrupt him)
    Me: EVER.. EVER... BYE!

    OR my personal favourite:

    Them: Can we speak to Mr...
    Me: speaking, who is this?
    Them: Well we're calling from XYZ wondering if you'd like ABC.
    Me: Can i ask you something?
    Them: Yes sir..
    Me: Do you have a headset on?
    Them: Yes sir why?
    Me: Can your phone do this?...
    (I hang up the phone) THEY NEVER RING AGAIN :)
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    [Feb 23, 2010]
    A referee's whisle works too LOL
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    [Feb 23, 2010]
    haha yeah, My mate just does sex noises. They seem to put it down :p hahah
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    [Feb 23, 2010]
    To be fair though, they are just doing their jobs. Whatever puts food on the table I suppose.

    I gave it a bash for 3 weeks but couldn't hack the constantly bulls***ing people. I just politely tell them I'm with TPS and hang up...
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    [Feb 24, 2010]
    I like to tell them that i don't have a phone

    That really confuses them :laugh:
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