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Telemarketing [May. 14th, 2007|01:55 pm]
Mark Rimmell
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OK I know there are worse things in the world but I treat this as an intrusion into my home...

 More silent calls from various 0870 numbers. Even though I am registered with the TPS.

So I went to the bt.com and found I can register with Silent Callgard, ironically by calling an 0870 number however I also found their Website where one can register for free. Strangely the registration only lasts for a year and then you have to re register... Presumably this is to give people a chance to come to their senses and in a years time embrace all the advantages that random calls, with no one at the other end of the line, bring.

BT seem to believe these silent calls are "... generated by automatic dialling equipment in call centres, where more calls are made than there are operators available to take the calls." Yeah right.... so it's not a scam to get people to call back and just make money from the 0870 while they are on hold?

I've never really understood  telemarketing.Do people who want double-glazing really wait by the phone until some company calls them?
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[User Picture]From: _hedgewytch_
2007-05-14 02:36 pm (UTC)
guh!
that is one thing that really upsets me - cold calling grr
It doesn't surprise me if they've found a new way of getting to us.
If I get an overdose of advertising or am approached, they are the last people I would go to if I need something.
I consider it an invasion of privacy and I get quite violent tendancies about it lol
I think I will put a note on my door advising violent woman inside *grins*
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[User Picture]From: markrimmell
2007-05-15 08:42 am (UTC)
Yup! I considered putting a notice on my door saying

Shift worker

No

Sales calls

Religious nutters

Political canvassers

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[User Picture]From: _hedgewytch_
2007-05-15 08:54 am (UTC)
LOL - lets all do that ;o) x
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[User Picture]From: chyldecatcher
2007-05-14 03:41 pm (UTC)

Stalker

It might be Moses ...

I find if you Google the number, it usually comes up – With people having a good old rant on forums. One number I had, was even my own Bank!
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[User Picture]From: markrimmell
2007-05-15 08:34 am (UTC)

Re: Stalker

Yes banks like to bother me too. Mine have an automated system to call you if they suspect fraudulent use of your card, which when they used it on me didn't work properly and seemed more like a clumsy attempt to fraudulently acquire information.

Seems the only real answer is to pay to have all the extra "Premium features" like "Choose to Refuse" and "Anonymous Call Reject".

It's starting to sound like money well spent to me, even though it will add up to more than my call costs!

I'd like to add my own feature to "Choose to Refuse" a blanket ban on all incoming calls from 0844, 0845, 0870, or 0871.

I'm just wondering if there's any software that could take advantage of "Caller Display".. Could have much fun telling call centres "Thank you for choosing my number to sell your product. There is a charge of £150 per call to deliver your sales message to this user. Please dial 3 if you agree to this charge."
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