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Old 3rd Sep 2013, 17:45
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What an excellent idea to get round cold calling

Read this, priceless

A Man In Britain Figured Out A Genius Way Shut Down Cold Calls - Business Insider
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Old 3rd Sep 2013, 18:12
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A brilliant idea but as usual some mealy mouth curmudgeonly jobsworth has warned him that he is subject to penalties for 'misuse' of a premium rate number.

There's an interesting discussion here SAYNOTO0870.COM - 0871 Revenge ?

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Old 3rd Sep 2013, 18:48
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What I need now is an email address of similar style to give to all the spammers and cold emailers
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What I need now is an email address of similar style to give to all the spammers and cold emailers
Got one!
Also have a series of pew sodo nyms which I use if I take out a mag subscription or somesuch.
First one was Jim A Surname,
Second Jim B Surname
Jim C... etc.

The sellers-on of data can thus be identified; I've cancelled 3 subs so far, writing to the MD telling him/her why.
I'm sure it makes no diff to the company's policy, but it made me feel good for 5 minutes...
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Old 3rd Sep 2013, 22:14
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"as usual some mealy mouth curmudgeonly jobsworth has warned him that he is subject to penalties for 'misuse' of a premium rate number."

I find it hard to believe they can dictate what you use the phone for.

Does it matter to them ?
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Old 3rd Sep 2013, 22:21
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GSK, eat you hearts out...

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Old 3rd Sep 2013, 22:43
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I find it hard to believe they can dictate what you use the phone for.
The rules are to prevent misuse by people who string-out genuine callers with preamble which costs before the caller gets into the meat of their call.
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Old 3rd Sep 2013, 22:46
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Which he isn't doing ?

I'd love to read the terms and conditions and just see what they have.
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Originally Posted by 500N
I'd love to read the terms and conditions and just see what they have.
Here you are.
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Old 3rd Sep 2013, 23:04
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Most of that relates to protection of consumers, which I can fully understand.

I can't find anything specific about using it as a number to earn money
from cold callers.

I reckon they have got the noses out of joint because someone thought
of a way to make money using them.


If Cold callers get too pushy, a comment about what you will do to them
or their mothers usually results in a very quick hang up and NO call back.
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Old 3rd Sep 2013, 23:09
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This works:

1. "Hello"

2 . "Hello I'm from XXXX cable, Can I talk to you for a moment about our new rate plans?"

3. "I'd love to, I'll be right back"

Put down the phone, pick it up in 5 minutes and see if they are still there. If so, repeat step 3
 
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Ask them what colour skiddies they're wearing.
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Old 4th Sep 2013, 08:50
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I love this one.

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When we moved house a few years back we inherited a phone number which had previously been in use, a consequence of which was that we were deluged with cold-callers (mainly from India) asking for the previous 'owner' of the number. After a few weeks, the joy of taking the p1ss out of their accents or comprehension of the English language wore a little thin, so instead we resorted to telling then that the gentleman in question had just died. Surprisingly, they didn't appear to have a script for that one
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There was a item re this on the news a week or so back,various talking heads interviewed and giving opinions including the bloke wot done it,opinion was that what he was doing was illegal,as one was supposed to offer some kind of service with a 0871 number.

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Old 4th Sep 2013, 09:31
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He was offering a service. Wasting telemarketers' time and money - that has to be a service to the public who are pestered daily by these calls.
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Old 4th Sep 2013, 09:31
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to offer some kind of service with a 0871 number
- surely to answer the call is a 'service'?
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Old 4th Sep 2013, 09:39
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Yer but that's not the way authority would regard it,the advice was don't do it,of course the talking heads may just have been pimping for the telemarketers.

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That's not the way the authority saw it because they didn't like the fact someone thought of a way of making money out of it.

End of.
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Old 4th Sep 2013, 11:36
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I normally use the following line, which normally ends in a very quick call

"Yes i would love to listen to what you are saying, do you mind if i masterbate whilst you are telling me?"
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