Have you ever been interrupted by an annoying phone call during dinner or in the evening from an aggressive salesperson trying to sell you something you don’t want? The National Do Not Call Registry helps but it is not a complete solution. You can go to https://www.donotcall.gov and register your phone number. This will stop many but not all solicitations.
The National Do Not Call Registry does not limit calls by political organizations, charities, telephone surveyors or companies with which you have an established business relationship. This still leaves many organizations which may legally call you even after you have registered on the #DoNotCall Registry.
The most annoying calls often come from what is called #robo-call centers. A computer randomly dials numbers and once you answer your phone you are routed to a salesperson. You can usually tell if you are getting one of these calls because there is a wait between when you say “Hello” and when a person answers. During this wait, we suggest you just hang up. The #robo-dialer will simply move on to the next person.
The technique I often use is when I get a solicitation from a charity I simply tell them that I do not except phone solicitations and if they want they can send me a letter. I then hang up immediately and don’t allow them to go into their sales pitch.
Surveys are among the most annoying calls because they promise to only take 2 minutes but often run on for longer than that. If I feel inclined to participate, I tell them my time limitations prior to beginning. If it goes over, I simply hang up.
This is hard for most of us because we have been brought up to be polite. That is what these organizations are counting on. You should realize they are taking advantage of you and you do not have to allow it.
Some phone companies have a Call Block feature which will allow you to block calls from a specific phone number, usually there is a limit to how many numbers you can block. If you have the Caller ID feature on your phone service then you can screen your calls. If you don’t recognize the number let it go to voice mail.
There is no perfect solution to this problem, but using the National Do Not Call Registry and your Caller ID will help.
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