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We’ve all gotten the calls on our landlines. You know the ones. Those pesky great offers of free vacations that only cost you an arm and a leg, or the insurance you don’t want but you can’t live without – or so they say.

Enough is enough! We sign up, registering our phone numbers on the National ‘DO NOT CALL’ Registry, clap our hands together and say “Oh goody! No more of that!”

But…the buck doesn’t stop there. Those telemarketers are a tough and crafty bunch. They’ve gotten access to our cell phone numbers now and the calls continue. Lucky us! We are now able to register our cell phone numbers with National ‘DO NOT CALL’ Registry.

Still, no matter what, the calls continue on landlines and cell numbers, but you know you can file a complaint if they do – which they do. What does filing a complaint consist of? I’m not sure exactly, because I’ve never filed that complaint.  You may  need the name of the caller, the number of the caller, what time of day the call was made, and what the caller was wearing. I have no caller ID on my land line and that’s where most of those aggravating calls come from. I just don’t answer on my cell phone if I don’t recognize the number.

There is one call we get on our land line day after day. It’s from Joe, and he’s with a medical insurance group of some kind. It’s the kind I need – he thinks. Joe is only an automated voice on the other end of the line. He has no set time to call. He makes his own hours and will even leave a message (usually a partial message) on the answering machine if he’s missed me. I don’t return the call because he usually calls back anyway. He’s a hard one to shake! Monday our call went like this:

Me – “Hello”

Joe – “Hello. This is Joe”

Me – silence trying to wait Joe out

Joe – “Hello. Are you there?”

Me – “Yes, Joe. I’m here. Please take my name off your call list. We are not interested.” (I was trying to be nice though I was irritated because Joe calls at least five times a week.)

Joe – silence…

Me – “Are you there Joe? Please take this number off your calling list. We are not interested.”

Joe – With a little laugh, (Have you ever heard an automated laugh? If not, you’re in for a treat!) “That’s funny you asked that question. Is it because you don’t understand?”

Me – “I understand you want to sell me something I don’t want Joe. TAKE MY NUMBER OFF YOUR LIST!” (By now I had lost my temper which is something that happens when you try to have a conversation with an automated voice.)

Joe – “No.”

Me – “YES!”

Joe – “No.”

Me – “YES!”

Joe – “No.”

This “yes” and “no” dialog went on for a bit before my button had been pushed too far.

Me – “YES. Take my number off the list Joe!”

Joe – “No…No…No…blip”

Me – YES! YES! YES!”

Joe – “No…No…No…No… blip No…No…blip No…No…No…etc. etc. etc.”

Me – Frustrated I hang up.

Next day – Joe calls again. I hung up. I knew it was useless to argue with him. Joe doesn’t take directions well.

Another Joe story here.





About Elle Knowles

Elle Knowles lives in the Florida Panhandle with her husband and off-at-college-most-of-the-time son. She has four daughters, one son, and eleven beautiful grandchildren. 'Crossing the Line' is her first novel. The sequel 'What Line' is a work in progress. Recently published is Coffee-Drunk Or Blind - a nonfiction story of homesteading in the Alaska wilderness with her parents and four siblings, told through letters by her mother and remembered accounts from the family.

20 responses »

  1. Don’t know what brand/model phone you have but I have been able to block any phone number on my cellphone 📱
    for years. My phone is 2012
    middleweight iPhone. It may take
    a while to build a good firewall against
    these bastards but it can be done. After a couple of years of blocking I almost never get uninvited calls. Also, there are lots of low cost apps available. Some free apps too that help with this problem.

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  2. i think the best way to deal with these calls would be if you have the time, answer the call and their automated questions. they’ll forward you to a live person. sound interested, but mess with them as much as possible. ask dumb questions, make them repeat themselves, etc. if they want to waste my time i’m willing to waste theirs.

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  3. Joe calls from various numbers across the U. S. If you block one number, it calls from another. Pay off student loans (I have none), insurance, medical stuff, jobs, etc. There has to be a way to stop this. I’m consulting with an attorney next week, I’ll let you know what I find out, this is aggravating as hell. You

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  4. Mike Wilkerson

    Joe is working for an outfit called senior care USA. If you live in the state of Arkansas feel free to sue them in your local courts
    The phone number is 18888400774

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  5. I’m laughing so hard!! 😂😂😂

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  6. Oh, NEVER say “yes” to one of those telemarketing robocallers. Their system can record that as approval for them to continue calling. (At least that’s what someone told me.)

    But here’s what we did – we switched to an internet phone service (Ooma) and it automatically deals with all of the telemarketers. We have our system set to automatically send known telemarketers and pollsters to voice mail, so our phone doesn’t even ring! You can also set the system to just disconnect the call when they dial. During the election my voicemail light was on every day, and there would be several political calls – but I didn’t have to deal with any of them. Once in a blue moon a call will get through, but then I just go in to the system and blacklist their number.

    Unfortunately the scary thing is that they’re now spoofing numbers. So your caller ID on your mobile will show that your house is calling your mobile, but in fact it’s the dreaded telemarketer!

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  7. UGH!! I keep getting one offering me $250,000 business loan. I don’t have a business but apparently, I can create one!! So sorry that Joe keeps bugging you… Hope his circuits explode soon.

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  8. Angry phone conversations with robots? Sounds like the future is already here! Sorry about your telemarketing nightmare, Elle. Hope you eventually manage to shake off those pesky calls!

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