By Sinkhole - 24/08/2013 15:27 - Guatemala - Guatemala City
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So, to answer people's comments: I'm not really going to change numbers, because I've already changed my number like 4 times for unrelated reasons, and I'm tired of changing it. I don't have a contract phone, and blocking numbers through the phone company is more hassle than it's worth, and probably wouldn't work anyway. I have no smartphone, so I can't just get an app. Not gonna take legal action against them because this is not a sue happy country. I have already told them not to call me, many many times (would be stupid not to have tried that already). After six months of two or three calls from them a day, ignoring them is not as easy as it sounds. There is no "do not call" list in my country. The most ridiculous thing is that they're trying to sell me some English courses, and I've told them I don't even need them, but of course, they just want to sell. I'll have to muster up the courage to pick up the phone and play loud and freaky porn for them in the background until they decide I'm a deranged individual who shouldn't be messed with.
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I play with the illegal telemarketers all the time. To start, start light. Hit on the opposite gender. Blow a whistle in to the phone. Ask them to hold on for a moment and see how long it takes for them to hang up. Once you're good at those, start trying to convert them to alternative religions, sing annoying songs (I like "The song that never ends" from Lamb Chop's Play Along), pretend to be a small child, Chant "no" in varying tone and length until they hang up, mimic back everything they say.... When you're really good start pretending they've called a hotline. My personal favorites are the National Organization of Satanists looking for a virgin for a blood orgy... and a hookup hotline for registered sex offenders. I used to get 5 or 6 calls a day from "Cardholder Services." Now I only get two a week or so. I'm on the crazy list.
changing your number would fix this issue but you shouldn't have to, I'm sure there is an app for annoying calls
An easier option would be to simply answer one of their many calls and tell them to "remove your number from their calling list." Always works for me. They legally can't call you again if you ask them not to. If not, you'll keep getting them because a computer goes down the list and repeatedly calls the numbers. Also, add your number to the national Do Not Call list, so other telemarketing places don't pay to get your number. You shouldn't have to pay to block it. Besides, some call from multiple lines in their network and it's impossible to block every individual number!
I worked as a telemarketer for about 6 days and then had to quit because I couldnt do it anymore. It was a terrible job but I learned some interesting insight. Most telemarketers have different choices when they hang up from an unsuccessful call. If you are stern or angry with them and tell them Do not ever call here again they usually mark you out of the system.
Register under the national do not call list.you fill it out online and you'll get rid of those calls.