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Pesky telemarketers

Posted Monday, June 15, 2009, at 2:00 PM

I wrote a story for Tuesday's T-G about someone who almost became victim of a telemarketer, even to the point of giving the caller their credit card and Social Security numbers.

Giving out those numbers over the phone is a no-no.

In this case, the scammer was someone claiming to be able to lower credit cards' interest rates.

I got a call last year from a telemarketer, with only a trace of a foreign accent, who asked if Shelbyville was near the ocean. Instant tipoff. I said no...maybe I should have told them we enjoy the ocean spray here (as in cranberry juice). Or maybe I should have said she'd find the ocean in Omaha.

Usually I just hang up on telemarketers.

So how do you deal with them? I've heard of people blowing whistles into the phone.

One person at the 800notes.com website suggests telling them that you want to work with them but your number's changing to (202) 324-3000.

That number belongs to FBI headquarters.


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this is an easy one.

first thing i say is: "i'm nekkid.... are you nekkid?" they cant hang up fast enough.

this might only work for men.

-- Posted by lazarus on Mon, Jun 15, 2009, at 2:52 PM

David, LOL, you should have offered to sell them your Bedford County Oceanfront holdings at a bargain.

-- Posted by leeiii on Mon, Jun 15, 2009, at 3:05 PM

The new ones I detest are the automated ones that have no number to report or people with whom to rant. With all the wondrous things the telephone company can do, why can't they stop these?

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jun 15, 2009, at 7:37 PM

There is a website www.whocalled.us to check on telemarketers. If you have a phone number, you can plug it in and see if there is any info. Much of the time it will tell you who the number belongs to or will allow you to find out, and you can read the rants of other people. I use it to for reports to my "DO NOT CALL" agents.

-- Posted by Tyger on Mon, Jun 15, 2009, at 7:50 PM

The Do Not call list wasn't much of a help to me In fact the most of my telemarketing calls were coming from AT&T/Bellsouth trying to sell me additional services. The way I put a stop to Telemarketers was I canceled my land line and now only using my cell :>)

-- Posted by Dianatn on Mon, Jun 15, 2009, at 7:54 PM

i tell them i need to go get my meds before i have a episode.....twitch twitch....

Ha ha.. no really I just tell them no thanks and offer to pray for them about any needs they have.. It gets surprised responses and some grateful people too. That has got to be a horrid job to have.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Tue, Jun 16, 2009, at 6:07 AM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.