Are automated messages illegal?
Ooh, I had the Dyson one too - didn't realise it was a scam.
I did (politely) tell them where to go though.
Badly Drawn Bloke wrote (see)
Also, always make sure you know what boxes you are ticking on forms. On the same form there may be a tick to be contacted and leave blank to not be contacted. Sneaky feckers. I only ever give out my mobile rather than home so I can see from caller id if I want to speak to them. Don't get them very often on the mobile either though. Have to say, I don't feel left out.
This is good advice.
I often don't give a phone number at all unless I WANT the person/company to call me.
KK, I didn't have a land line for years - didn't miss it at all!
I gave it up because it had a fault, and BT wanted to charge me over £100 to fix it, if the fault was within my premises. I told them they could keep it.
I had it re-connected, and broadband, a couple of months ago. BT would have charged me £120 to find the fault and re-connect the line, Orange did the same job for £60 (which they still haven't billed me for).
The guy who came to do the job worked for BT Openworld.
I once told a cold caller that I sympathised with them having to do that job, but that that they do have options. There are some free or cheap qualifications you can do to help you get out of your deadend job and find something better, because she didn't deserve to put up with the flak that she was getting in her current job.
Hubby was listening in and told me off for being so patronising.
We are registered with TPS, but had problems with the international cold callers a few years back and as mentioned by other posters, TPS has no jurisdiction over the international cold callers.
We spoke to someone from TPS for advice and they told us not to answer the phone if caller display showed an international number (or one of the really weird numbers like 09111111111) - apparently even if you answer and tell them to get lost, they will record your number as 'live' and then sell it on to other companies.
I always leave the phone to ring at least 8 times before answering, unless I recognise the number (we have caller display on the phone). Most cold callers either hang up after 8 rings, or soetimes they are ringing several numbers at a time and hang up on the others when the first person answers.
If someone really wants to speak to you then they will let it ring more than 8 times. Also, if can take at least 8 rings to reach the phone from some parts of our house.
Depending upon my mood I quite like 'playing with the cold callers' it can be a good stress reliever at the end of the day ... my favourite is :
Caller: "Hello, can I speak to Mr Bruce C please"
Me : "Hello, its Inspector Jones of Wrexham CID here, can I ask your relationship to the deceased."
Caller (generally if they're still on the line): "errr errr errrr, we don't know him etc."
Me: "Well I'm afraid we're going to have to take your details and ask you to report to your nearest police station as a material witness I'm afraid, as you are the first person to ring following the incident so we near to ensure you'r not a party."
this can then go on for ages .. its best with Indian call centres as they just don't get it and go in to real panic.
Other favourites are; just saying random words in answer to every question until they give up, start getting really really creepily friendly with them and inviting them out for drinks and holidays together, and trying to sell them random household items.
I'm with Virgin and am a bit fed up with the cold calling. Seem to get an average of 2-3 calls a week and just feels a waste of time to pick up the phone, hear that it is cold calling, often not a person but automated message then hang up.
I read somewhere once I can pay Virgin to have my number taken off the cold calling list, but do not see why I should have to do that.
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