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These days, Lee Beaumont is perfectly happy to get a call from a telemarketer. In fact, he

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So what exactly ARE grossly overpriced numbers meant for?

 

Just lining the pockets of companies?

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So what exactly ARE grossly overpriced numbers meant for?

 

Just lining the pockets of companies?

They are meant for businesses in general, not personal use. Of course, he could just register what he does as a business. It is a service based company that "charges telemarketers for asking stupid questions." :laugh:

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So what exactly ARE grossly overpriced numbers meant for?

 

Just lining the pockets of companies?

 

That and to discourage people from calling.

 

I think this guys strategy is perfect though - it's the first reasonable use of premium rate numbers I've ever heard of.

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Brilliant!

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That's smart. If I had ever gotten a telemarketer call in the last 10 years I'd try to do the same. Who gets telemarketer calls anymore though? I thought they all moved to spam email now.

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That's smart. If I had ever gotten a telemarketer call in the last 10 years I'd try to do the same. Who gets telemarketer calls anymore though? I thought they all moved to spam email now.

I don't since I gave up the land line at the house, and they don't call mobiles... but my work phone gets them sometimes. It seems to come in waves. I think whoever has the number sells/gives it to a company or a group of them and then they all try the number within the same week, or something. I'll go months without one and then get ten cold calls in a week at the office. Whee..

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^ I've gotten SPAM text messages :/ and I think I used to get a few recorded calls on my cell phone.

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I don't since I gave up the land line at the house, and they don't call mobiles...

Same here. No longer have a landline and the calls stopped dead. Some of my friends are getting half a dozen spam calls to their house phone a night though.

Always joked we should set up a premium rate number, looks like someone actually did!

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I don't have a landline any more either but I never really got any nuisance calls when I did.  A combination of being ex-directory, not giving my phone number out to companies and registering with the TPS did the job. 

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That is a fantastic idea!

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i get PPI calls on my mobile phone but it took a while before they started calling

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I've been getting calls from those scammers in India lately. Guy named "Mike" with a heavy Indian accent says that there have been reports of Windows using experience slow downs. Tells me that I may not know it, but every time I get online I download malware which is why my computer slows down and sometimes freezes and I can visit the "official" site to check for that. I have a speech sitting at my phone now that I read off every time they call. It involves explaining that I have 16 gigs of ram and a 6core processor so good luck slowing my computer down, but also I have two bachelor degrees in computer fields and I work for a software company as a Manual and Automation Software QA and Testing Engineer, so I make more money in a day than he does in a week. That usually does the trick but maybe I will add something at the end of it saying that this is a premium line and they have been getting charged the longer the call went on. May just scare them off.

 

It is amazing how many people in India are called Mike though. They were clearly different people since each had a different sounding voice.

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Oh, the way to deal with those people, if you have time, is to just string them along and act like you believe it. Pretend to do everything they say, but when they ask if you can see x or y, just say no you see a or b... Really confound the buggers. :p

 

If you -don't- have time, just tell them to f-off and hang up.

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Or ask them to hold because someone is at the door then leave then leave them hanging for ages.

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A very brilliant move on his part. As for me, I never answer the phone if the caller ID says Unknown Caller or anything like that. I only answer people that I know. :)

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A very brilliant move on his part. As for me, I never answer the phone if the caller ID says Unknown Caller or anything like that. I only answer people that I know. :)

Problem with that is if someone calls you from a hospital, you wouldn't answer.

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So wish I thought of this when I had a landline. Get rich for them calling me, I sometimes keep them on the phone longer anyways with the intention that if everyone in the world did that they'd not get the chance to call so many people. They'd prolly hate calling my number after that. LOL

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Problem with that is if someone calls you from a hospital, you wouldn't answer.

All my important friends and family have my personal cellphone number. They can get me any time day or night if they need me.

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^ Expect me to call around 2 a.m. :p

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I'm ready for you. :p

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I'm ready for you. :p

Is that so?

 

/me runs off

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Brilliant.   He should register it as a business, and get all hs friend to farward their unwelcomed calls to him somehow

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That's smart. If I had ever gotten a telemarketer call in the last 10 years I'd try to do the same. Who gets telemarketer calls anymore though? I thought they all moved to spam email now.

I get still get them very frequently..

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the problem with spam email is most email provider actually doing good job moving'em to spam folder,

which make the spam less likely to be viewed, small amount email that able to pass the initial spam filter, can also automatically enter the spam filter list in the future, if theres enough viewers who click the "Spam" button.

The sure way to prevent being automatically moved to the spam box, is for the spammer to pays certain amount of money to the email providers at regular interval.

Telemarketer still have higher successful sales than spam email marketer.

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