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Thread #156536   Message #3691148
Posted By: GUEST
03-Mar-15 - 09:15 AM
Thread Name: BS: Maddening phone call surveys
Subject: RE: BS: Maddening phone call surveys
I've had very good results with politeness. I started a policy of saying in a pleasant tone, "No, thank you, I'm not interested, and could you please take my phone number off your call list." After about 6 months of that I never got another telemarketing or survey call.

After all, they're doing this to make money, so they don't want to waste their time on a prospect with zero probability. If you respond angrily, they might think you're just in a bad mood and maybe they should try at another time. Or they may be too rattled to behave rationally, or they may feel animosity toward you and want you to continue to be harassed.

Recently I've started getting a lot of robocalls, and of course I can't do the same thing with them. I'm still looking for a solution to that. My phone company doesn't offer blocking of unwanted robocalls. I'd gladly switch companies if that would solve it, but I don't know of an alternative local company that does offer robocall blocking.