on Apr 18, 2013 @ 07:03 pm|
Thought this was good info from the Gov't of Canada ....if you have a cell phone.
REMEMBER: Cell Phone Numbers Go Public this month!!
REMINDER..... all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies andyou will start to receive sales calls.
YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS!!
To prevent this, go to the following web-site for Canadian Telephone Numbers:
http://www.lnnte-dncl.gc.ca/ and then click on English & then on "check my registration."
Then click on "extend my registration".
|Thanks! on Apr 19, 2013 @ 09:27 am|
I was pretty infuriated when I got my first telemarketer call on my cellphone. I couldn't figure out how they'd gotten my number.
|'Do Not Call List' tips on Apr 19, 2013 @ 10:34 am|
I am currently living in the US and have been on the Do Not Call registry for years. When I first registered, it made a huge difference!
You should know though, that every time you sign up for something there is a chance you'll land back on the Call list.
For example, if you subscribe to a magazine, donate to a charity, respond to one of those mailed offers ("Try our product for 14 days, no obligation to continue, if you do not cancel you will receive mailings every 4 weeks... yadda yadda"), or sign up for a store loyalty card, your number(s) can end up back in the system.
This is because when you voluntarily give your phone number for any of these, it automatically allows that company to use your number for other purposes. Usually it does not go out of their network, so if you subscribe to one magazine, you may receive calls regarding a different magazine in their organization. These shares are considered exempt from the Do Not Call List.
Some vendors say "...allow your number to be shared with our 3rd party partners who may provide special offers" which is code for "we're going to sell your number". Again, this would be considered giving permission for this action since you did not opt out.
Many vendors don't give you the option to opt out openly. I try to find that clause about sharing and strike it out of the contract. I also make specific mention to the vendor that I do not want to be contacted by any other department, whether within their company family or a 3rd party.
Also, political parties and charities are largely exempt from these Do Not Call Lists (!)
The worst thing you can do is hang up on a telemarketer without speaking to them. If you do not explicitly ask to be removed from their call list, you will just be phoned again and again.
The best thing you can do is let them start talking, and then when you have the opportunity to speak, ask them if they will take you off their call list. I usually ask them nicely "is this call being recorded?" When they say yes (b/c it usually is), then I respectfully tell them I'd like to be taken off the list.
If you interrupt them or react rudely, they usually hang up as quickly as possible before you can say the magic words "take me off your call list".
Sometimes you get those robo calls (I hate these most of all!), so usually if you wait through their message they will allow you to "press 9 to stop all future calls to your number". Not every robo call has this option, but usually you can call them right back and either (a) it will ask you at that point if you would like to be removed, or (b) you can connect to an agent and ask them at that point.
It can happen that somehow you get on a list and then you have to spend a week fielding stupid calls and telling each and every one to take you off the list. It can take up to 30 days to be removed from a list, so do not be surprised if you receive several calls in this period. If after 30 days you're still being contacted by the same number, you can report the number to the Do Not Call List and they will (supposedly) get in trouble.
I hope these tips are helpful! I just spent most of January getting rid of telemarketers who caught me somehow through my Christmas shopping and charity activity (I assume). With patience, it can be managed even though it's highly aggravating.
|one last thing on Apr 19, 2013 @ 10:40 am|
Just to be clear, not every store, charity, or publisher abuses your phone number. Many are proactive and promise up front to never release your info. Whenever I'm signing up for anything, I always try to ask about that.
|Our local news did a story about this. on Apr 19, 2013 @ 11:34 am|
Some telemarketer place, I believe that is coming out of India, was still
making calls to people that are on the don't not call list.
Their were asking if you want you home heating ducks cleaned. The do not call
list place said they couldn't track these people down to get them to
stop, but our local news did and they went into the telemarketers
business under cover with tape-recorders and cameras. They were telling
their new telemarketers not to worry about calling people because there
was nothing anyone could do about it and they were laugh about it. Our
news station brought this story to the do not call list people and asked
them why they were able to track them down and do this story and they
can't seem to put a stop to it. They had no answers for them. How ever
right after this story aired the calls seemed to stop at my house for
about a month. Lately I've been getting call from what sounds like the
same guy. He's now asking me to have my rugs, or something like that
cleaned. All they did was change their story and started calling people
again. When I get a call like that on my home phone, I just ask them to
hang on a second and put my receiver down until I hear them hang up.
This waste's their time, but its still drives me crazy when they call.
|Thank you on Apr 19, 2013 @ 01:25 pm|
Posting this information was very good of you, much appreciated. We have just started receiving these calls on our cell phones, so very timely! Takoda, your comments are also appreciated. If I receive this kind of call (but not on my cell!) I will keep them on the line asking all kinds of dumb questions until THEY get pissed off and hang up!
|So I have been told on Apr 21, 2013 @ 10:43 am|
Thanks for the info!
Just so everyone knows, some places do auto-dialing, which generates a number and even if you are on a DO NOT CALL list, sometimes you will get calls.
Or so I have been told.
|Nuissance. on Apr 21, 2013 @ 11:16 am|
Ugh thanks Takoda! I keep getting annoying calls on my cell lately..
|You're all very welcome on Apr 22, 2013 @ 11:41 am|
The calls they make to you on your cell phones you have to pay for! I know there are still some places that can still call us, but I keep getting the same calls from the same guy and I know for a fact that he's not supposed to be able to call anyone like this. I also just started getting calls on my cell that auto-dialed telling me I won a trip. It make's me crazy and I know I'm not the only one. With any kind of luck adding our numbers will help slow some of these calls down.