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Old 01-07-2019, 02:48 PM
 
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It took a long time and a great deal of patience but in the end I think I am having success. Those annoying calls that happened three times a day were so annoying. I tried pleading, cursing etc like everyone else, I even had a curse recorded in HINDI as my message to try to get them to stop. I had some success by using a call blocker app but then all my calls not in my contacts went into the voicemail. Finally I decided to just talk to the guys, I tried to keep them on the phone for as long as I could asking about the weather, their friends, religion, the products they sell, anything I could think of to keep them on the phone and then I told them I would do this every time they called so they cannot call others and make a sale. It took a long time probably a 6 months until the calls diminished and during that time they usually hung up right after connecting. So I started calling them back and pulling my same routine. Most of the time the number was not real but sometimes I got through. At the end of my conversation I kept telling them how I would keep them on the phone for as long as I could. Its now been a month with only one call from them.
Can't say I miss them, just hope they won't call back.
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:38 PM
 
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A tip - if you don’t know the caller number, when you pick up be absolutely silent for 5 seconds or so. No greeting, nothing.

If it’s a telemarketing call, they usually have autodialers that wait for a person to speak to then route it to a representative. If you say nothing it will think it’s a dead call and then hang up before transferring.

If it’s a real person, they will usually speak and you can then determine if you want to respond or not.

Or, take a look at the Jolly Roger Telephone company.
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:41 PM
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Don't answer the phone and block their number.
Use TrueCaller that will screen the calls. Don't pickup the phone! You pickup the phone and "they" know that's a live line.
Other methods:
https://www.techlicious.com/blog/how...ing-voicemail/
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:49 PM
 
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Don't answer the phone and block their number.
Use TrueCaller that will screen the calls. Don't pickup the phone! You pickup the phone and "they" know that's a live line.
Other methods:
https://www.techlicious.com/blog/how...ing-voicemail/
This. No clue why people answer numbers they don't recognize.
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Old 01-21-2019, 04:11 PM
 
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I also wonder why people post things like why do people answer numbers they don't recognize. I guess some people just have a larger universe to deal with.
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Old 01-21-2019, 04:48 PM
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I disagree with the advice not to answer. Not answering the call will just lead to more attempts at reaching someone at the number, at least once a day, for the duration of the telemarketing campaign. Answering the call is more likely than not to stop that, again, for the duration of the campaign.

The databases telemarketers use have info on whether a number is live or not, and the simple fact the call doesn't terminate to an intercept message is all the confirmation the computer needs to know that the number is real and connected.

It's better to answer, listen long enough to determine what the message is and hang up abruptly. That's what ends the cycle during each campaign. People who do that are not worth a telemarketer's time and effort.
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Old 01-23-2019, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I always answer the phone. I WANT to talk to these people.
I always get hung up on. I've never had a call from US Pharmacy though. I've never heard of this. I get calls for a home security system a lot.
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Old 01-23-2019, 10:38 AM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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I NEVER answer a number I don't recognize. I "Decline" the call, google the number and more often than not it is a known spam caller. I then block it, problem solved. If the caller is legit they will leave a voicemail. If the number is blocked it will go straight to VM which 9 times out of 10 is just silence and then a hangup. If you answer they will continue to harass you. They don't play by the rules anyway, what makes anybody think they will actually stop calling if you ask them? With the way things are going with robocalls out of control, this is the only way I can deal with it.

There are some android apps which will also alert you of suspected spam.

Truecaller: Caller ID, spam blocking & call record
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Old 01-23-2019, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Yea but that takes longer then just answering the phone.
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Old 01-23-2019, 02:04 PM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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Yea but that takes longer then just answering the phone.
Not if you have to keep answering it, not to mention the aggravation.
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