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Tips to Get Rid of Telemarketers

Visualize this: You are a telemarketer. You’re sitting at your terminal and each person that you speak to has to be entered into a certain category. The objective is to fill up the “sale” category but you also have “refusal”, “call back”, “answering machine”, etc.

Now put yourself in the position of the prospect. You’ve just answered the phone, most likely at dinner time, and it’s another annoying sales pitch. You’ve already put yourself on the “Do Not Call” Registry, you’ve asked over and over to not be called, you’ve even threatened legal action and the calls keep coming. Every night as you sit down to relax after a hard days work the phone rings and it’s an offer to refinance your home, give you a better rate on your credit card, or a plea for money for the police something or other that you never heard of. How do you make it stop?

There is a way to do it. Let’s go back to the telemarketer at his terminal. He needs to push one button at the end of the call that will tell the computer when or if to call you back. Even if you say “no”, you will still get another call because “the list” now says that you are an active prospect. If you want to stop the phone calls you need to get off “the list.”

Everyone is on “the list”. I worked in telemarketing for twenty-five years and watched the developing impact of database companies on the industry. When I first started in the business we used to call off a photocopied page right out of the phone book. Call centers today use modern technology. They buy a list from Dunn and Bradstreet or American Business Listings and load it into a predictive dialing computer that makes a connection every seven seconds. Picture that multiplied by the thousands of call centers out there and you now know why you get all those calls.

If you hang up on an automated dialer it will automatically call you back after a certain amount of time.

If you say “no” you will be called back again for a different campaign. Most companies use the same list over and over again.

If you look at your caller id and don’t recognize the number, don’t let your machine get it. The dialer will call you back again, usually in less than an hour.

If you say, “That person is not home,” the dialer will call you back.

Sometimes if you ask to placed on a do not call list you won’t receive calls on that particular campaign but it probably won’t stop the same company from calling you for another campaign. Also, many telemarketing companies are based outside the United States now and our laws aren’t always enforceable with them.

Even if you tell the caller that you (while pretending you are not you) are deceased will not stop the calls. He’ll just delete your name but leave the phone number as an active number.

So how do you do it? The simplest way is to change your own category. Telemarketing lists generally come in two categories, residential and business. Ninety percent of the telemarketing calls made in the United States are to residential phone numbers. The only way to get yourself removed from a residential list to tell the caller that you are a business. Generally he will apologize, hit the appropriate button and you will never hear from him again.

Do this often enough and your phone number will begin to show up as a business number with most telemarketing companies. These companies trade lists all the time and even buy them outright from each other. If you happen to be home during the day and you get a business solicitation you can tell the caller he has reached an old number for a company that has gone out of business. He’ll push the button that says “out of business” and your phone will stop ringing.

This technique should stop most of the telemarketing calls made to your home. At the very least you’ll be able to enjoy a peaceful dinner more often.

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