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Old 09 July 2012, 15:56   #1
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Well, well, can't these sales callers get nasty, after receiving a call saying that they believe that I was involved in a car accident less than 3 years ago and that I have got some compensation money set to one side for me to claim or something like that.

Well to be honest the last time I was involved in a bump was at least 20 years ago and after getting sick of receiving at least 4 to 5 calls in a day I thought that I would try a different approach and play along so he asked if I had any documentation from this apparent accident so I said yes, I will go and dig it out and can you hang on, okay he said so I went along doing my usual business then after about half an hour YES 1/2 hour I heard a female voice seeing if I was still there as my phone was on loud speaker, so I picked it up and said hello and she said have I found my documents so I said give me an hour so she said that she would phone back later, so I said okay thinking that she won't bother.

Well blow me this guy phones me and said that he phoned me earlier and have I found my documents , hang on I said I will go and get them, this time he gave me about 10 mins before hanging up.

Well 15 mins later phone rings same company but the female on this time asking if I had found my documents yet, have you got an hour I said, she said, you like playing games do you and I said, well I keep getting calls from your company as well as others and that I am registered with the TPS system and that it is illegal for you to send me sales calls, so then I got a bit of abuse before I told her to pi** off then put the phone down.

A few minutes later phone rings again this time the bloke, saying that he knows my address reading it out me, and that a crew will be coming up to torch my house. Now I am not intimidated by his threats but how many people are... especially the old. These company's want shutting down but there doesn't seem to be anything done about it and signing up to the TPS means diddley squat.
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Old 09 July 2012, 16:00   #2
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I don't get too many sales calls but as I am also registered with the TPS I just replace the receiver as soon as I realise what it is.
Never had a call back yet as they can't get me to even engage with them past "hello", as soon as I get that it is a salesman the phone immediately gets put down without a further word from me.

However if I was threatened like this I am afraid I would be straight onto BT and report the conversation and the police with the number BT would have after their check.
Threats like that are out of order even if they are toothless. At the very least a quick visit by plod and some correspondence from BT would scare the bejesus out of them.
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These company's want shutting down but there doesn't seem to be anything done about it and signing up to the TPS means diddley squat.
Quite agree .. they are fekin pain in the ass .. I'm registered with TPS corporate TPS and yes ... Fax TPS

I am sick and tired of these shite bags phoning me... so now I just hang up as sometimes my office phone is on divert to my mobile, which means I am even paying for their damn call

Quite often when I hang up on some of them ,.. they phone me back to say I just hung up on them ?

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Fortunately 3 Days a week the blond in the office takes the flak but for the other two days .. I want to break out the schmeisser
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Old 09 July 2012, 16:30   #5
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I watched panorama last week about these lying towrags (secret filming etc) and when it comes tothe TPS it's actually overseen by the association of annoying towrags. When the reporter asked how many complaints the TPS he replied about 2000 a month, how many companies had been prosicuted in the last 18 months? Reply errrr none.

I've had one tonight came up out of area on phone. When asked where they had got my ex directory number from she said oh it's generated because we're an advice service. I advised her to take number off database and DON'T give or sell my bleedin number to anyone either.

No doubt they will take no notice and just continue to annoy people, it's about time the government made some laws or ofcom got off their ar$es and did something about this but all they say when they can't be bothered is " we don't have the powers to stop them" they even call mobiles now and bug you on there.

One good thing ofcom did do though it's not an offence to use obscene language over the telecommunications network because the words are used in normal conversation so you can happily tell them to "Foxtrot Oscar"

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Because of all the 'list selling ' that goes on, where a phone number is 'required' for an internet sale for example I use my second house phone line, which rings like a good 'un some nights, with spam callers, its amazing how soon your number gets passed around, I dont seem to find the same issue when Ive used my mobile as a contact number though ?

Anyway, I also use anonymous caller reject at home .. that stops a shed load of them too

Sometimes the automated spam call messages actually have a 'press to be excluded ' option at the end of their message which is worth trying
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I want to break out the schmeisser
Could I borrow it
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Nein ....... I must apologise for my countries conduct during telephon de-regulation ... we have clearly vun ze battle but lost ze vor !
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I agree these calls are bloody annoying.

Last time I was called at home, I made out I was interested, and got further along the process, then asked how I could be sure the company was genuine, and asked for thier address and details so I could check the company out before commiting anything to them.
After they assured me they were UK based, PLC, and gave me a company name and address, I then asked how they had got my number, and got them on the defensive when told them that I had signed up to TPS, and I would be reporting them to Offcom. They tried to tell me I was not on the TS list, and became very defensive.
Up until that point I had been getting about 1 call a week (i think it was to do with PPI misselling) I ranted at them for a good 5 minutes telling them to make sure they never called me again and to take me from their lists, and eventually they hung up on me.

Strangely I have not been called back since.

The other issue i have is I am abroad a lot, and when I get a call or text trying to sell me something it costs me. If i am in far east it will typically cost me 2 quid a minute for someone to try to sell me something, and even if i cut them off, Vodaphone charge in 1 minute lots. Bloody annoying I can tell you!
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when these sales people start getting funny on the phone with me I point out they are getting recorded for training purposes. It's surprising how many hang up on the spot.
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