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#947029 - 03/28/14 01:42 PM Robo-calls
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I just got the strangest advertising call. After I answered with, "Hello", a nice sounding guy says, "Hi, this is Bill, how are you today?". Sounds like a real person talking. I didn't answer because I got one of these a while back. So the 'recorded robo-guy' says, "Hi, are you there?", I answer, "What do you want?" and of course it's not on the list of 'expected' answers, so the robo-guy tries again, "How are you today?". I finally just let it hang up. Not gonna play the advertising game with a robot! So strange. Very clever though.

Has anyone else gotten one of these and if so, did you actually find out what they wanted?
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#947030 - 03/28/14 02:08 PM Re: Robo-calls [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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Wow, can't say I've ever gotten one of those. Although I did get several from an "unknown" source that after the answering machine did its thing, where a person kept saying, "Hello? Hello? Anyone there?" It could have been an interactive robo-call.

I was so amazed when I got a letter from my Attorney General's Office telling me that as a result of one of the on-line complaint forms I filled out, a company was fined $250,000 and agreed to abide by the Missouri Do Not Call law. I just reported 4 more of them in the last two days... who knows. Maybe they'll get another one.
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#947032 - 03/28/14 02:28 PM Re: Robo-calls [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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You go, Drac!

I've been getting all sorts of calls which I either don't answer or tell them "I'm on the Do Not Call List."
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#947033 - 03/28/14 02:28 PM Re: Robo-calls [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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Do you have caller ID Sorta? You can enter the number here and see what others say about it. I block the spam calls on my phone. THey usually use the same #.

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#947037 - 03/28/14 02:34 PM Re: Robo-calls [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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Sigh. Don't have caller ID, but I can look up who called afterwards. It shows on my Cox list on the computer. Sometimes the calls are so annoying and they won't take no for an answer. They are still yakking when I hang up. I really hate the ones who as for information like do I own my home, which credit cards do I have, do I have a security system! Like I would really tell them any of that??? Most calls are from 'home improvement' places and those who want to install solar panels. They ask for me by name, so it's gotta be from a source but they won't tell me where they got my number.

The robo-caller sure is fun though. Wonder whose voice they used? Sounds like a very nice guy. hearts
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#947133 - 03/29/14 01:00 AM Re: Robo-calls [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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If you're on the Do Not Call list, you can report these to the CA attorney general's office. Maybe you will get lucky like I did and have one of them prosecuted and have to pay a fine. It won't stop them, but it still feels good!

http://ag.ca.gov/donotcall/dnc_complaint.php
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#947175 - 03/29/14 10:18 AM Re: Robo-calls [Re: Draclvr]
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Loc: Oklahoma, USA
Answering machines are extremely nice if you have caller ID. If I don't recognize the number, the phone keeps ringing. If I do decide to answer a call from an unknown number, if they don't start talking right after I say "hello," I hang up after the second "hello." And for those who are trying to sell something, the moment they say something about a product they're selling and say no thank you and hang up. Even if they're still talking. I even told one, one time, to take me off their calling list. Once upon a time it bothered me to hang up on someone before they hung up. Not any more.
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#947182 - 03/29/14 11:47 AM Re: Robo-calls [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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I'm with you Homer. I am now hanging up on lots of people as soon as I determine it's not a 'real' call for something I ordered, or need to know. Wish I had caller ID, but it's costly and a pain to have to look at my tiny phone screen to see the number. Some of the callers give you an option to push a number to remove you from the 'list' but I've found most of that is just for 'my' benefit and they still call. One day I got the SAME caller gal, from the same number, selling a service from a DIFFERENT company. Probably the same company with a different operating name. That one was fun. I think she suddenly remembered calling me 15 minutes earlier. And yup, I really hate the 'dead line' that you get while the caller is deciding which line to answer on the other end. Hello...hello...hello...buzzzzz, dead line. taz
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#947320 - 03/30/14 01:13 AM Re: Robo-calls [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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Loc: Oklahoma, USA
I received a call center call, could hear all those background voices, from a guy with marbles in his mouth--hint hint--who had the gall to tell me my computer was sending out error messages. I know my computer does send reports to those who I've granted permission, but I've yet to figure out how a computer can send out error messages when it's not turned on. I suspect that guy, and others like him, was banking on me being someone recently born.

As to the dead air, Sorta, I actually think it's the time between when robo-caller makes contact and the human realizes it. Still in all, if I say "hello" twice and no one replies, I hang up.
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#947372 - 03/30/14 10:39 AM Re: Robo-calls [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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What's sad is that there are quite enough people who have been "recently born" to make these call centers profitable.
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#947373 - 03/30/14 10:44 AM Re: Robo-calls [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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lol That's a very apt description - recently born.

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#947377 - 03/30/14 11:43 AM Re: Robo-calls [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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I like that, 'recently born'. New catch phrase? bravo
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#947456 - 03/30/14 05:52 PM Re: Robo-calls [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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I don't like the "How are you" calls. Who are they to care? I've moved from answering nicely to rudely and now all I do is hang up.

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#947474 - 03/30/14 07:45 PM Re: Robo-calls [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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I'm with you Rowan. When they start out with 'how are you today?' I automatically either snap back with 'what are you selling?' or hang up. Depends on my mood. Actually sometimes they say that at the check-out line at my local supermarket. I know them well enough now to say, "You really don't want to know" and then I smile. Hopefully they will retrain to not ask.

I remember going in there just after leaving my Dad who was taken away to the funeral home. He'd been in nursing care for 2 years and finally 'went home'. I felt lousy, but needed something for Mom. They cheerily asked me how I was and I not so cheerily answered, "you know, you really shouldn't ask that unless you know that nothing bad has just happened". They looked at me strangely and I explained my Dad just died about 15 minutes before and they all were so sorry. Guess it wasn't all bad, but sometimes, you just shouldn't ask a question you don't wanna know the answer to.

Same goes for the much over used, "Have a Nice Day!" thumbsdown Maybe the next caller who asks how I am today, will get a happy 'Have a Nice Day', as I hang up on them. rotfl
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#947496 - 03/30/14 10:06 PM Re: Robo-calls [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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I only do fast food once in a blue moon on the way home from the bowling alley. I usually do the drive through at Taco Belle because it's convenient. I get SO aggravated when they ask, "How are you?" I always answer, "Fine" and then sit there and wait. One night, I finally said, "Hello, is anyone there?" The girl said, "I was waiting for you to order." I know she's just doing what she's been trained and told to do, but I was exasperated and said, "But you just asked how I was, not what I wanted to order." I should tell the company how stupid I think it is.

Oh, the fun I had with telemarketers who were calling my mother before she went to the nursing home. I would ask them, "Why are you calling this number?" To which someone with a thick accent would tell me they wanted to offer diabetic supplies or some such. I'd then inform them the number was on the Do Not Call List and I was immediately reporting the call to the Attorney General's Office. I told them to take my mothers number out of their database and it was amazing how many of them actually did.
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