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telemarketer advice?

Does anyone have any tips for how I can get the "your car warranty is about to expire" people to stop calling my cell? I get no other telemarketers to it, because it's a CELL PHONE, but these people are assholes. I tell them to stop calling and they basically refuse, unless I give them my name, make and model of my car. Maybe I could tell them I have no car.


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May. 9th, 2009 12:05 am (UTC)
Can't hurt.

Failing that, you'd have to sue them, or get your local authorities to do it for you...
May. 9th, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
the last time I got one of these, I got loud pretty quickly. I told her she was the tenth person to call me, that if any of them really wanted to help me they'd already know what kind of car I drove, and that I have the extended warranty on said car. Then I asked to speak to her boss and she was pretty quick with the "OMGI'msorrywe'llneverbugyouagain!"

So far they haven't, and it's been a couple of weeks.

If that doesn't work, you could ask them what they're wearing. They'll either tag us as hostile, or crazy, or both, but they'll leave us alone.
May. 9th, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)
File a complaint
File a complaint on the auto warranty telemarketers at Callcatalog.com (http://www.callcatalog.com)
May. 9th, 2009 03:40 am (UTC)
Pretend not to speak English or just don't answer in the first place. :)
May. 9th, 2009 04:03 am (UTC)
There is a national no call list, google for it then add your number to it. Then inform them you are on the no call list and you will report them if they keep calling.
May. 10th, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
not to pee in your cheerios but there are so many loopholes in the do not call list that more than likely, even if she is on a DNC list, they are legally still calling her, and still within their rights.
May. 9th, 2009 04:26 am (UTC)
Someone on my f-list said that she freaked them out by asking them for THEIR callback number.

A few months ago, I told them that if they called me again, I was going to "report them" (whatever that means). I did get maybe one other call since then, but it's way better than the weekly calls I was getting for while.
May. 9th, 2009 05:16 am (UTC)
I've been getting those constantly on my cell phone as well. Very annoying. They've all be recordings and not actual people, though.
May. 9th, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
If you click the 'talk to someone button' and tell them you don't have a car, or even better, string them on for a while, they'll stop calling. :)
May. 9th, 2009 05:39 am (UTC)
I was getting multiples of those calls weekly. I put my cell number on the cell phone do not call list and haven't gotten one since.
May. 9th, 2009 07:32 am (UTC)
One of my colleagues has started getting these at work. He thought they were originating from the dealership where he bought his daughter's car, but it was easy to persuade him that there was no connection.

I agree with the advice to put your cell phone number on the Do Not Call Registry. (I have both my cell phone and my land line on it. Unfortunately, political and charitable organizations are exempt from Do Not Call. The charities are generally far more amenable to taking your name off the list.)
May. 9th, 2009 10:38 am (UTC)
Don't call list?
I thought there was a don't call list in the USA?

Does it not apply to cell phones?


May. 9th, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Don't call list?
No, it doesn't apply to scammers :)
May. 10th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
i get those calls and i dont eve have a car. but i also dont ever answer the phone if i dont recognize the number. ever. if its important, a message will be left.
May. 10th, 2009 04:01 am (UTC)
The company actually poses as at least two companies - they are blatantly ignoring the regulations, such as outpulsing numbers that are not their own (I've done reverse lookups on the numbers they call from, usually are residential services in random states).

News announced the other day that the Indiana Attorney General was going after this company. I'm hoping other states follow suit.

Also wish I knew what carrier was providing these ass-hats service - give them an earful. Thankfully it is not the company I work for (I checked).
May. 10th, 2009 05:43 am (UTC)
Really- don't answer
The first time you answer, your number will be registered as valid for them. It'll keep coming up in their pool of numbers until it can be verified somehow that it's not a functional number. As i'm reasonably certain it's a scam anyhow, i'm not sure what leads folks to believe that they're going out of their way to obey any DNC list.

I try, as a rule, not to answer calls from area codes that aren't familiar. Any calls i get that i don't recognize, i'll google the number; 98% of the time, it'll pop up on one of the consumer call complaint sites.

Just don't answer.
May. 10th, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Really- don't answer
because they are almost entirely calling cell phones, most of the common techniques don't work
May. 10th, 2009 07:43 am (UTC)
If you have spare time to lead them on, tell them that you drive a Cannondale. xD

I have a friend who did something similar on a marketing survey. (This friend is a cyclist, and whenever anyone asks him about what car he drives, he says he drives a Cannondale and rants about why bikes are better than cars. xD)
May. 10th, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
I screen my calls. so if I am feeling up to answering and find them on the end of the line i either:

hang up as soon as I find out who they are.

tell them she (i) died.

or just start talking complete jibberish or nonsense. or I try to convince them they should buy my nonexistent mary kay products or something equally rediculous.

they usually give up.
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May. 10th, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
Fluff and peanutbutter sammiches are awesome.
May. 10th, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
I don't think its an actual money scam in the sense that I know of zero people who have been able to buy the bogus warranty just as a ruse to find out whats behind it.

I think its info gathering for other telemarketers.

Retarded but...
May. 11th, 2009 01:00 pm (UTC)
Read this:


The thread on reddit is pretty interesting.
May. 12th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
I laughed when I read this post...
I had just read this by the Associated Press yesterday titled "US Senator Annoyed by Spam Call about Auto Warrenty"

May. 14th, 2009 05:53 am (UTC)
Honestly, I don't think there's a pleasant way to do this. What I started doing, and this is verbatim, is listen to the message, then choosing the option to talk to an "agent," then when they ask for my name:

"My name is Go Fuck Yourself. Remove my number from your list. Or don't -- keep calling me and I'll tell you again. Fuck you and fuck off!"

I say this quite loudly and forcefully. It's uncomfortable to speak like this on the phone, because none of us ever do. At least not the civilized among us. But they've really brought it on themselves now, haven't they?

The calls have subsided considerably. Don't know if this had anything to do with it, but it's pretty damn therapeutic.
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