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(Fox News)   Hello, Mr Subby. Sorry to bother you at home... Yes, I see you're on the do not call list, very wise these days, but this is a political poll -- we're exempt. Now then, would you care to purchase a time share?   (foxnews.com) divider line 103
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2012-05-15 07:40:46 PM
I got one of those calls the other day. I let it go to voicemail, then called it back and they gave me a list of options including one that supposedly took me off their list. Obnoxious farkers.
 
2012-05-15 07:55:35 PM
Legitimate political polling companies don't, 1) Robocall (it's illegal to do so), 2) Try to sell you something after you've been asked a few questions.
 
2012-05-15 10:18:51 PM
I have had 3 robocall political polls to my cell phone (Connecticut) in the past two weeks. I'm getting sick of it, I do NOT have unlimited daytime minutes.
 
2012-05-15 10:23:47 PM
Devious, and brilliant. Also, the end of civilization as we know it, but brilliant...
 
2012-05-15 10:24:19 PM
I've never received a robocall, telemarketer, political polling, etc. I'm 32 yrs old and -- other than the occasional wrong number -- I've never received a phone call that wasn't from a friend or family member.

Do you guys give your number away or something? Is it like signing up with an email address and then receiving spam? How does one go about getting robocalled?
 
2012-05-15 10:25:04 PM

DeltaPunch: I've never received a robocall, telemarketer, political polling, etc. I'm 32 yrs old and -- other than the occasional wrong number -- I've never received a phone call that wasn't from a friend or family member.

Do you guys give your number away or something? Is it like signing up with an email address and then receiving spam? How does one go about getting robocalled?


Let me guess, you do not have a land line, only a cell phone
 
2012-05-15 10:25:23 PM
In other news, the Do Not Call list apparently worked at one point in time..
 
2012-05-15 10:28:00 PM

DeltaPunch: I've never received a robocall, telemarketer, political polling, etc. I'm 32 yrs old and -- other than the occasional wrong number -- I've never received a phone call that wasn't from a friend or family member.

Do you guys give your number away or something? Is it like signing up with an email address and then receiving spam? How does one go about getting robocalled?


Most telemarketers that use robocalling use one of two methods. One is an autodialer that combines numbers, which means that even if you don't give your number out or it's unlisted, you can still get called. The other method is where they buy lists of numbers from various businesses and those are used by the robo-dialing system.
 
2012-05-15 10:29:51 PM

cman: DeltaPunch: I've never received a robocall, telemarketer, political polling, etc. I'm 32 yrs old and -- other than the occasional wrong number -- I've never received a phone call that wasn't from a friend or family member.

Do you guys give your number away or something? Is it like signing up with an email address and then receiving spam? How does one go about getting robocalled?

Let me guess, you do not have a land line, only a cell phone


Landlines get robocalls too. Used to get them back when we still had a landline. Fortunately, Oregon has made all robocalling to landlines & cell phones illegal. The penalty is a $5,000 fine for every number called.
 
2012-05-15 10:32:07 PM

styckx: In other news, the Do Not Call list apparently worked at one point in time..


Except for all the exemptions, which basically include everything I don't want to get calls about.
 
2012-05-15 10:33:37 PM

Bathia_Mapes: cman: DeltaPunch: I've never received a robocall, telemarketer, political polling, etc. I'm 32 yrs old and -- other than the occasional wrong number -- I've never received a phone call that wasn't from a friend or family member.

Do you guys give your number away or something? Is it like signing up with an email address and then receiving spam? How does one go about getting robocalled?

Let me guess, you do not have a land line, only a cell phone

Landlines get robocalls too. Used to get them back when we still had a landline. Fortunately, Oregon has made all robocalling to landlines & cell phones illegal. The penalty is a $5,000 fine for every number called.


Yeah, thats what I was talking about. Robocalls never come over mobile phones. This is because there is no phonebook aval for cell phone numbers.
 
2012-05-15 10:34:23 PM

serpent_sky: I have had 3 robocall political polls to my cell phone (Connecticut) in the past two weeks. I'm getting sick of it, I do NOT have unlimited daytime minutes.


Call the number back and see if you get the "dial 1 for..." menu like I did. There's an option pretty early on to remove your number from their list.

/if I could light people on fire over the phone...
 
2012-05-15 10:57:38 PM
www.improvisedrevolution.com

Can you rephrase that as an ethical question?
 
2012-05-15 10:57:45 PM

cman: Bathia_Mapes: cman: DeltaPunch: I've never received a robocall, telemarketer, political polling, etc. I'm 32 yrs old and -- other than the occasional wrong number -- I've never received a phone call that wasn't from a friend or family member.

Do you guys give your number away or something? Is it like signing up with an email address and then receiving spam? How does one go about getting robocalled?

Let me guess, you do not have a land line, only a cell phone

Landlines get robocalls too. Used to get them back when we still had a landline. Fortunately, Oregon has made all robocalling to landlines & cell phones illegal. The penalty is a $5,000 fine for every number called.

Yeah, thats what I was talking about. Robocalls never come over mobile phones. This is because there is no phonebook aval for cell phone numbers.


And you would be completely wrong. I've gotten robocalls on my cell phone from the company mentioned in the article, I don't have a landline. As I said earlier, this telemarketer is likely using an autodialer.

I don't answer the phone when they call for several reasons. They spoof numbers. Some search results have shown that this particular telemarketer collects active phone numbers. If you answer one of their calls, it tells their system that it has reached an active number and will store the number for future calls. And I just plain don't answer telemarker calls, ever.

What I do is google the phone number and see what other people are saying as to the purpose of the call, the company name they've gleaned, etc. I then report my findings to donotcall.gov.
 
2012-05-15 11:00:59 PM

The My Little Pony Killer: serpent_sky: I have had 3 robocall political polls to my cell phone (Connecticut) in the past two weeks. I'm getting sick of it, I do NOT have unlimited daytime minutes.

Call the number back and see if you get the "dial 1 for..." menu like I did. There's an option pretty early on to remove your number from their list.

/if I could light people on fire over the phone...


That doesn't work because, 1) Chances are they're using a spoofed number. I know the telemarketer mentioned in the article does. 2) They will not remove your number from their list. Instead you will get even more calls, plus the very strong likelihood that they'll sell your number to another telemarketer.

It's a vicious cycle.
 
2012-05-15 11:05:19 PM

Bathia_Mapes: The My Little Pony Killer: serpent_sky: I have had 3 robocall political polls to my cell phone (Connecticut) in the past two weeks. I'm getting sick of it, I do NOT have unlimited daytime minutes.

Call the number back and see if you get the "dial 1 for..." menu like I did. There's an option pretty early on to remove your number from their list.

/if I could light people on fire over the phone...

That doesn't work because, 1) Chances are they're using a spoofed number. I know the telemarketer mentioned in the article does. 2) They will not remove your number from their list. Instead you will get even more calls, plus the very strong likelihood that they'll sell your number to another telemarketer.

It's a vicious cycle.


But I want to believe!
 
2012-05-15 11:07:54 PM
I have received this call more than once. It's such a scam.

The fact that people fall for this nonsense explains why conservative talk radio is still so popular.

/OH NO I DI'N'T!
 
2012-05-15 11:15:43 PM

The My Little Pony Killer: Bathia_Mapes: The My Little Pony Killer: serpent_sky: I have had 3 robocall political polls to my cell phone (Connecticut) in the past two weeks. I'm getting sick of it, I do NOT have unlimited daytime minutes.

Call the number back and see if you get the "dial 1 for..." menu like I did. There's an option pretty early on to remove your number from their list.

/if I could light people on fire over the phone...

That doesn't work because, 1) Chances are they're using a spoofed number. I know the telemarketer mentioned in the article does. 2) They will not remove your number from their list. Instead you will get even more calls, plus the very strong likelihood that they'll sell your number to another telemarketer.

It's a vicious cycle.

But I want to believe!


I'm sorry, sweetie, but "dial 1 to get your number removed from our list" was something your daddy & I made up. It's kind of like Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy & the Easter Bunny.

Honestly, we were going to tell you the truth when you got a little older, but you had to listen to your friends, didn't you?
 
2012-05-15 11:23:37 PM

Bathia_Mapes: The My Little Pony Killer: Bathia_Mapes: The My Little Pony Killer: serpent_sky: I have had 3 robocall political polls to my cell phone (Connecticut) in the past two weeks. I'm getting sick of it, I do NOT have unlimited daytime minutes.

Call the number back and see if you get the "dial 1 for..." menu like I did. There's an option pretty early on to remove your number from their list.

/if I could light people on fire over the phone...

That doesn't work because, 1) Chances are they're using a spoofed number. I know the telemarketer mentioned in the article does. 2) They will not remove your number from their list. Instead you will get even more calls, plus the very strong likelihood that they'll sell your number to another telemarketer.

It's a vicious cycle.

But I want to believe!

I'm sorry, sweetie, but "dial 1 to get your number removed from our list" was something your daddy & I made up. It's kind of like Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy & the Easter Bunny.

Honestly, we were going to tell you the truth when you got a little older, but you had to listen to your friends, didn't you?


Sometimes I think you're just cruel

/I know, I know... they have to learn the truth sometime
//but it's still like punishing a puppy
 
2012-05-15 11:25:47 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Bathia_Mapes: The My Little Pony Killer: Bathia_Mapes: The My Little Pony Killer: serpent_sky: I have had 3 robocall political polls to my cell phone (Connecticut) in the past two weeks. I'm getting sick of it, I do NOT have unlimited daytime minutes.

Call the number back and see if you get the "dial 1 for..." menu like I did. There's an option pretty early on to remove your number from their list.

/if I could light people on fire over the phone...

That doesn't work because, 1) Chances are they're using a spoofed number. I know the telemarketer mentioned in the article does. 2) They will not remove your number from their list. Instead you will get even more calls, plus the very strong likelihood that they'll sell your number to another telemarketer.

It's a vicious cycle.

But I want to believe!

I'm sorry, sweetie, but "dial 1 to get your number removed from our list" was something your daddy & I made up. It's kind of like Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy & the Easter Bunny.

Honestly, we were going to tell you the truth when you got a little older, but you had to listen to your friends, didn't you?

Sometimes I think you're just cruel

/I know, I know... they have to learn the truth sometime
//but it's still like punishing a puppy


If I could light people on fire using only the sound of my voice, I'd gladly do it that way.
 
2012-05-15 11:27:37 PM

Bathia_Mapes: cman: Bathia_Mapes: cman: DeltaPunch: I've never received a robocall, telemarketer, political polling, etc. I'm 32 yrs old and -- other than the occasional wrong number -- I've never received a phone call that wasn't from a friend or family member.

Do you guys give your number away or something? Is it like signing up with an email address and then receiving spam? How does one go about getting robocalled?

Let me guess, you do not have a land line, only a cell phone

Landlines get robocalls too. Used to get them back when we still had a landline. Fortunately, Oregon has made all robocalling to landlines & cell phones illegal. The penalty is a $5,000 fine for every number called.

Yeah, thats what I was talking about. Robocalls never come over mobile phones. This is because there is no phonebook aval for cell phone numbers.


And you would be completely wrong. I've gotten robocalls on my cell phone from the company mentioned in the article, I don't have a landline.

 
2012-05-15 11:29:36 PM

cman: Robocalls never come over mobile phones.


Swing and a miss...
 
2012-05-15 11:33:36 PM

Otto's_Jacket: Bathia_Mapes: cman: Bathia_Mapes: cman: DeltaPunch: I've never received a robocall, telemarketer, political polling, etc. I'm 32 yrs old and -- other than the occasional wrong number -- I've never received a phone call that wasn't from a friend or family member.

Do you guys give your number away or something? Is it like signing up with an email address and then receiving spam? How does one go about getting robocalled?

Let me guess, you do not have a land line, only a cell phone

Landlines get robocalls too. Used to get them back when we still had a landline. Fortunately, Oregon has made all robocalling to landlines & cell phones illegal. The penalty is a $5,000 fine for every number called.

Yeah, thats what I was talking about. Robocalls never come over mobile phones. This is because there is no phonebook aval for cell phone numbers.


And you would be completely wrong. I've gotten robocalls on my cell phone from the company mentioned in the article, I don't have a landline.


Mine came in on a cell phone too.
 
2012-05-15 11:48:20 PM

Bathia_Mapes: I'm sorry, sweetie, but "dial 1 to get your number removed from our list" was something your daddy & I made up. It's kind of like Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy & the Easter Bunny.

Honestly, we were going to tell you the truth when you got a little older, but you had to listen to your friends, didn't you?


You're killing me here!
 
2012-05-15 11:50:32 PM

jaylectricity: Bathia_Mapes: I'm sorry, sweetie, but "dial 1 to get your number removed from our list" was something your daddy & I made up. It's kind of like Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy & the Easter Bunny.

Honestly, we were going to tell you the truth when you got a little older, but you had to listen to your friends, didn't you?

You're killing me here!


:-D
 
2012-05-16 12:13:42 AM

cman: Bathia_Mapes: cman: DeltaPunch: I've never received a robocall, telemarketer, political polling, etc. I'm 32 yrs old and -- other than the occasional wrong number -- I've never received a phone call that wasn't from a friend or family member.

Do you guys give your number away or something? Is it like signing up with an email address and then receiving spam? How does one go about getting robocalled?

Let me guess, you do not have a land line, only a cell phone

Landlines get robocalls too. Used to get them back when we still had a landline. Fortunately, Oregon has made all robocalling to landlines & cell phones illegal. The penalty is a $5,000 fine for every number called.

Yeah, thats what I was talking about. Robocalls never come over mobile phones. This is because there is no phonebook aval for cell phone numbers.


Bullshiat there isn't a phonebook available.

Here, let me guess, your phone number fits this format where x = 0-9. xxx-xxx-xxx, right?
 
2012-05-16 12:15:37 AM

cman: Yeah, thats what I was talking about. Robocalls never come over mobile phones. This is because there is no phonebook aval for cell phone numbers.


Actually they can if at some point in the life of your cell phone number you gave it some organization that most likely sold it to another. What is and what isn't a landline is not as clear as it used to be.

/haven't had a landline in 12 years but get the occasional robocall on my cell phone
 
2012-05-16 12:17:36 AM

serpent_sky: I have had 3 robocall political polls to my cell phone (Connecticut) in the past two weeks. I'm getting sick of it, I do NOT have unlimited daytime minutes.


Democracy is not free.
 
2012-05-16 01:02:50 AM

hosalabad: cman: Bathia_Mapes: cman: DeltaPunch: I've never received a robocall, telemarketer, political polling, etc. I'm 32 yrs old and -- other than the occasional wrong number -- I've never received a phone call that wasn't from a friend or family member.

Do you guys give your number away or something? Is it like signing up with an email address and then receiving spam? How does one go about getting robocalled?

Let me guess, you do not have a land line, only a cell phone

Landlines get robocalls too. Used to get them back when we still had a landline. Fortunately, Oregon has made all robocalling to landlines & cell phones illegal. The penalty is a $5,000 fine for every number called.

Yeah, thats what I was talking about. Robocalls never come over mobile phones. This is because there is no phonebook aval for cell phone numbers.

Bullshiat there isn't a phonebook available.

Here, let me guess, your phone number fits this format where x = 0-9. xxx-xxx-xxx, right?


Phone Phormat Phail.
 
2012-05-16 01:08:08 AM
I just hang up on robocalls or people that can't say my name right.
 
2012-05-16 01:11:34 AM

DeltaPunch: I've never received a robocall, telemarketer, political polling, etc. I'm 32 yrs old and -- other than the occasional wrong number -- I've never received a phone call that wasn't from a friend or family member.

Do you guys give your number away or something? Is it like signing up with an email address and then receiving spam? How does one go about getting robocalled?


My biggest problem has been the past 2 landline numbers I've gotten have both belonged to some negligent person who obviously was trying to change their number in order to avoid bill collectors. Thus I get spammed called looking for these people who previously had my number. It really sucks. Luckily once I got a phone with caller ID I could filter them out for the most part, but it's still annoying. With my old number I was still getting calls for this woman 5 years after the fact!

The woman who had my old number apparently gave her number out to everyone and anyone because in addition to bill collectors calling for her and her husband, I would get calls from her friends and then calls for her daughter. Also her daughter's school would robocall us 10+ times a day with all sorts of messages like what was being served in the cafeteria that day, what events were going on at the school, and who was in charge of carpool for that day or whatever. It would keep re-dialing until a person picked up, for some reason it was able to detect the answering machine and would just ignore it as if the call didn't go through. So we would have to pick up, sit there for a few seconds before the message started and then the calls would stop for the day otherwise it would just call repeatedly. It took us two years to get our number off their stupid list. I kept having to call the school and reassure them that I didn't have a teenager in their school. Why would I lie about that and who cares if I did? If I don't want you to call me, don't freaking call me.

I'm 2 years into this current number and am still getting calls for this guy several times a week. Most of them are robocalls that leave a message on my answering machine saying that it's a sensitive call for Juan Hernandez and if I'm not Juan Hernandez I should hang up. Of course, why would I do that? Then it will go on and say how he owes some sort of money.

Of course the last 2-3 cell phones I owned I also get phone calls for previous owners of the number, but that's rare. I got random calls for some woman who apparently was Spanish speaking for several years. Almost everyone who called speaks in Spanish and doesn't seem to understand me. That's what I get for having a Southern CA area code :P.
 
2012-05-16 01:20:35 AM
I keep getting ones from various numbers asking me the same damn thing. Obama and the economy then it asks me to stay on the line for a free cruise. Then it disconnects.
 
2012-05-16 01:23:23 AM

cman: Bathia_Mapes: cman: DeltaPunch: I've never received a robocall, telemarketer, political polling, etc. I'm 32 yrs old and -- other than the occasional wrong number -- I've never received a phone call that wasn't from a friend or family member.

Do you guys give your number away or something? Is it like signing up with an email address and then receiving spam? How does one go about getting robocalled?

Let me guess, you do not have a land line, only a cell phone

Landlines get robocalls too. Used to get them back when we still had a landline. Fortunately, Oregon has made all robocalling to landlines & cell phones illegal. The penalty is a $5,000 fine for every number called.

Yeah, thats what I was talking about. Robocalls never come over mobile phones. This is because there is no phonebook aval for cell phone numbers.


I'm quickly coming to the conclusion that you have no idea what you are talking about on any subject.
 
2012-05-16 01:26:33 AM
blog.shareresults.com

Always Be Closing!
 
2012-05-16 01:28:36 AM
After RTFA this is exactly what I was getting (last one was 04/18). But it told me to stay on the line for the cruise information but it would just disconnect.
 
2012-05-16 01:29:55 AM

PillsHere: My biggest problem has been the past 2 landline numbers I've gotten have both belonged to some negligent person who obviously was trying to change their number in order to avoid bill collectors. Thus I get spammed called looking for these people who previously had my number. It really sucks. Luckily once I got a phone with caller ID I could filter them out for the most part, but it's still annoying. With my old number I was still getting calls for this woman 5 years after the fact!


I believe you can tell them to stop calling. If they don't, you can file a complaint and actually get money (i know someone who did that)
 
2012-05-16 01:31:55 AM

PillsHere: DeltaPunch: I've never received a robocall, telemarketer, political polling, etc. I'm 32 yrs old and -- other than the occasional wrong number -- I've never received a phone call that wasn't from a friend or family member.

Do you guys give your number away or something? Is it like signing up with an email address and then receiving spam? How does one go about getting robocalled?

My biggest problem has been the past 2 landline numbers I've gotten have both belonged to some negligent person who obviously was trying to change their number in order to avoid bill collectors. Thus I get spammed called looking for these people who previously had my number. It really sucks. Luckily once I got a phone with caller ID I could filter them out for the most part, but it's still annoying. With my old number I was still getting calls for this woman 5 years after the fact!

The woman who had my old number apparently gave her number out to everyone and anyone because in addition to bill collectors calling for her and her husband, I would get calls from her friends and then calls for her daughter. Also her daughter's school would robocall us 10+ times a day with all sorts of messages like what was being served in the cafeteria that day, what events were going on at the school, and who was in charge of carpool for that day or whatever. It would keep re-dialing until a person picked up, for some reason it was able to detect the answering machine and would just ignore it as if the call didn't go through. So we would have to pick up, sit there for a few seconds before the message started and then the calls would stop for the day otherwise it would just call repeatedly. It took us two years to get our number off their stupid list. I kept having to call the school and reassure them that I didn't have a teenager in their school. Why would I lie about that and who cares if I did? If I don't want you to call me, don't freaking call me.

I'm 2 years into this current number and am ...




i keed, i keed... that sucks bro
 
2012-05-16 01:38:13 AM
Whenever a live person calls me with any sort of poll or sales pitch, I quickly say, "Sorry, busy right now." then I hang up without waiting for a response. My wife says it's rude but I say that anyone who does this for a living has to have a thick skin. And besides, they aren't gonna get anything out of me (money or opinions), so I think I'm doing them a favor by wasting as little of their time as I can.
 
2012-05-16 01:39:09 AM
What % of people still have home phones? I'm going on around 10 years without one and haven't missed it once.
 
2012-05-16 01:55:03 AM

Britney Spear's Speculum: PillsHere: My biggest problem has been the past 2 landline numbers I've gotten have both belonged to some negligent person who obviously was trying to change their number in order to avoid bill collectors. Thus I get spammed called looking for these people who previously had my number. It really sucks. Luckily once I got a phone with caller ID I could filter them out for the most part, but it's still annoying. With my old number I was still getting calls for this woman 5 years after the fact!

I believe you can tell them to stop calling. If they don't, you can file a complaint and actually get money (i know someone who did that)


You can, but from what I've been reading about telemarketers, and the one in the article in particular, is that they just hang up if you ask them to stop calling or request your name be removed from their list.
 
2012-05-16 02:03:49 AM

Bathia_Mapes: You can, but from what I've been reading about telemarketers, and the one in the article in particular, is that they just hang up if you ask them to stop calling or request your name be removed from their list.


Yeah, that can happen. But with debt collectors there are certain rules they have to play by. I guess it's best to get the info of the telemarketer before informing them of your intentions.
 
2012-05-16 02:10:45 AM

Britney Spear's Speculum: Bathia_Mapes: You can, but from what I've been reading about telemarketers, and the one in the article in particular, is that they just hang up if you ask them to stop calling or request your name be removed from their list.

Yeah, that can happen. But with debt collectors there are certain rules they have to play by. I guess it's best to get the info of the telemarketer before informing them of your intentions.


Debt collectors do have to follow rules, as to telemarketers. The problem with so many telemarketers is that they're often operating offshore, or if they're in the U.S. they hide behind spoofed numbers, P.O. boxes instead of physical addresses, etc.

It's a lot harder to track down and prosecute law breaking telemarketers than it is debt collectors.
 
2012-05-16 02:13:15 AM

Atomic Spunk: Whenever a live person calls me with any sort of poll or sales pitch, I quickly say, "Sorry, busy right now." then I hang up without waiting for a response. My wife says it's rude but I say that anyone who does this for a living has to have a thick skin. And besides, they aren't gonna get anything out of me (money or opinions), so I think I'm doing them a favor by wasting as little of their time as I can.


I did telemarketing briefly one summer in college, and to be honest I preferred when people hung up right away rather than let me go through the whole pitch and then say no. If one of the company's performance metrics is call length, I figure enough people hanging up early will either convince the company to use less stupid metrics, or motivate the employees to get some other marketable skill. Win-win!
 
2012-05-16 02:39:40 AM
Some of you are adorable. This scam has been going for years now. Maybe it is becoming more widespread, but their go to trick is to do a fake survey and then try to sell you something. It is rampant, and the Do Not Call List is an antiquated...antique. I get more telemarketing calls now then I ever did pre-Do Not Call. If I didn't have to have a landline phone at this point I'd have cut the cord years ago.
 
2012-05-16 02:46:28 AM

Sun Worshiping Dog Launcher: Some of you are adorable. This scam has been going for years now. Maybe it is becoming more widespread, but their go to trick is to do a fake survey and then try to sell you something. It is rampant, and the Do Not Call List is an antiquated...antique. I get more telemarketing calls now then I ever did pre-Do Not Call. If I didn't have to have a landline phone at this point I'd have cut the cord years ago.


As I stated earlier, these telemarketing calls are being received by cell phone users as well, myself included.
 
2012-05-16 02:50:07 AM

9beers: What % of people still have home phones? I'm going on around 10 years without one and haven't missed it once.


I have one as part of my bundle package for my cable. To be honest, I rarely use it, but if I do end up on a long call (like to my parents), I prefer talking on a land line rather than a cell phone. The cell phone is just uncomfortable to me for longer calls.
 
2012-05-16 04:19:49 AM

PillsHere: DeltaPunch: I've never received a robocall, telemarketer, political polling, etc. I'm 32 yrs old and -- other than the occasional wrong number -- I've never received a phone call that wasn't from a friend or family member.

Do you guys give your number away or something? Is it like signing up with an email address and then receiving spam? How does one go about getting robocalled?

My biggest problem has been the past 2 landline numbers I've gotten have both belonged to some negligent person who obviously was trying to change their number in order to avoid bill collectors. Thus I get spammed called looking for these people who previously had my number. It really sucks. Luckily once I got a phone with caller ID I could filter them out for the most part, but it's still annoying. With my old number I was still getting calls for this woman 5 years after the fact!

The woman who had my old number apparently gave her number out to everyone and anyone because in addition to bill collectors calling for her and her husband, I would get calls from her friends and then calls for her daughter. Also her daughter's school would robocall us 10+ times a day with all sorts of messages like what was being served in the cafeteria that day, what events were going on at the school, and who was in charge of carpool for that day or whatever. It would keep re-dialing until a person picked up, for some reason it was able to detect the answering machine and would just ignore it as if the call didn't go through. So we would have to pick up, sit there for a few seconds before the message started and then the calls would stop for the day otherwise it would just call repeatedly. It took us two years to get our number off their stupid list. I kept having to call the school and reassure them that I didn't have a teenager in their school. Why would I lie about that and who cares if I did? If I don't want you to call me, don't freaking call me.

I'm 2 years into this current number and am ...


I don't understand why you don't just mess with them. It would depend on the situation of course but you could totally f**k that lady over (I wouldn't feel bad because I would be so annoyed and she is obviously a deadbeat who doesn't pay her bills) and also annoy everyone who's calling at the same time.
 
2012-05-16 06:00:20 AM
I have received this call on every phone I have or own - Desk phone at work, home phone, personal cell, Google voice, work blackberry. Multiple times. Every one of them is on the DNC list. If I had a little more free time, and could definitively ID these people, I'd like to try filing a small-claims suit. I have occasionally had robo / spam calls in the past to my cell, some in Spanish. For about 6 weeks, I was getting some collection agency or agencies calling for "Shaniqua." After the third one, I had a script, "My name is not Shaniqua, I have no idea who that is. I have had this cell number for about 15 years, so she either intentionally gave someone a wrong number or your records are messed up."
 
2012-05-16 06:04:12 AM
You guys pay if someone calls YOU on YOUR cellphone?
What a farked up system.
 
2012-05-16 06:13:08 AM
"You have reached 404-555-4564. We are not available right. Please leave your name and..."
 
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