Simple reply will suffice. Say not interested. I ever returned a missed call to this type of company. Then later tell them I am not interested after learning that the call was to ask me sign up some package/CC/etc.
And it's not fair to compare their jobs to those of robbers, since robbers forcefully take your belongings from you without your consent, whereas these telemarketers, irritating as they are to us, are merely trying to get our consent to sign up for packages/credit cards, which we CAN refuse. There's a reason why one "job" is illegal but the other is not.
If given a choice, you think they would willingly and happily work as a telemarketer and get scolded/yelled/ridiculed on a constant basis for a meagre commission based on the number of successful calls they make? At least they are trying to make an honest living, instead of turning into robbers.
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Yes, numbers are all sold, some are by Info-Tools Pte Ltd.
I feel that the gov should regulate these telemarketing industry..
Telemarketing companies should register with the telcos and given a special group of numbers, say, start with 5xxx xxxx.
Private companies can also apply for the 5xxx xxx numbers to do their marketing.
Trying to solicit business/marketing w/o using 5xxx xxxx numbers will kena fine.
This is like having <ADV> in the subject line for emails.
Then, subscribers can choose whether to block all 5xxx xxxx numbers like the way they filter spam mails.
I get quite a lot of these kind of calls as well. In the beginning, I politely turned them down but realized that they'd call again a few days later -- sometimes the same person calls, sometimes different.
Since I'm using an iPhone, I decided to create a new contact called: "My Blocked List". Everytime I hear from them, I add the number into this contact list. This way, I'm able to filter out and thus minimize unwanted calls.
Why so upset over cold sales calls?
Use your imaginations and make fun of the caller. There's no guarantee that the caller won't call you back, but at least you got the kick of it.
Here's few real life example:
Caller with strong xxxxx dialect:
(If I'm in good mood) Sorry, I did not get you. can you say again? repeat until caller hang up.
(If I'm not in good mood) Can you call British council, register for english for business conversation class and after you complete the module, then call me back?
Caller for Credit Card:
Great!! I did not know anyone who filed for bankruptcy last month can apply for new credit card. Can you send me the forms and your contact?
Caller for investment:
Do I have financial adviser? My wife lor.
Would I like to have an additional financial adviser to get 2nd opinion? Cannot lah... later my wife angry, then I have to sleep outside.
Do I have friends number to intro you? have... but I passed them all to my wife.
If you got no time to play around, pretend listening, and hang up. When the caller calls you back, apologize for bad connection. repat this for 2 or 3 times when you have enough: Yeah i got bad connection, but I think you did not get the drift why I have bad connection.
etc etc.... Photographer would have lots of creative genes embeded. Use it!
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A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.
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This is how i solve the calls from banks regarding credit card.
I ask which bank are they calling on behalf, and says thanks I'm not interested.
Then I draft an email to the customer service of that bank, saying that I would like to be remove from the cold call database, citing that I am always travelling overseas and do not wish to be disturbed.
And ever since, I have not gotten any calls for credit card.
What is left is the spa and the insurance calls.. anyone have any idea?
I forwarded my calls outside office hours to 62952944 for 3 months. No more spam calls ever since.
Blocked number/private number - I don't answer them. Unless I am very free, I answer and say sorry, not interested and hang up immediately.
Other unknown numbers - I answer if am free. Not free, I dun answer. I just call later. If it's telly marketing, I will just say no and hang up immediately. I just dun waste time with them.
Do not be afraid [of ghost and bullies] Shoot them......
i think you need to tell them "Please remove my name from your database"
These are the magic words.