Telemarketers: I Hate You!

Last week I’m sitting in a meeting, a focus group, dealing with some of the problems with policing in our community when all of a sudden my cell phone goes off. Now, normally I turn it off during meetings and lectures, but I was waiting for a call from one my colleagues who was up at SFU gathering information on criminal data for the area we are involved in, so I had to have the phone on. I set it to vibrate so I would not disturb anyone else. That was when I noticed I had several calls coming in?

The phone went off. I answered it, a pre-recorded voice starts chiming about asking me that I should switch my insurance policy because mine was coming up, and they had a better package. I could not believe this…. I pressed the kill button. I had never received any phone calles like this before ever on my cell phone.

Ten minutes later the phone goes off again, though this time a real human voice is asking me if I would be interested in answering a few question about a new store that is opening up in my area. I pressed the kill button again.

At the end of the meeting, the phone still on, it rings. I answer it. I hear a couple of beeps and then another pre-recorded voice started asking me to press numbers on my key pad if I want to take part in a survey. Kill Button!

I’m shocked. Why all of a sudden is this happening to me on my cell phone? Then it hit me, I gave that number out to my insurance company when I did my auto insurance.  Normally I guard this number to prevent things like this from happening. A few years ago I had a number through a company called Fido, and I went through hell getting my number taken off the “List.” The difficulty was, I was on a contract, they would not help me because they took no responsibility for all the calls I was getting because of it. I got the strong impression that they encouraged this—perhaps they made (lots of) money from it? Anyway, I promised myself that never again will I submit to a contract with any telecommunication company. I dropped them like a bad habit. But why now, on this phone?

Yesterday I contacted my insurance company and asked them if they sell their clients information to telemarketing companies. The person on the other end said that they do not. Then I told her that since I gave them my information, that was when my troubles started. She assured me that they do not do this. Hummmm….

Sadly, my number is marked. I leave the ringer permanently off now, and I switched off my voice mail. I decided to keep my number and move my contacts over to VOIP. I have a program that will screen out any telemarketing company’s attempt by setting up a authentication prompt through my Intranet phone. What a joke!

3 Thoughts on “Telemarketers: I Hate You!

  1. Hey Tom
    I too have recently been getting telemarketing calls on my cell – from locations in Eastern Canada (514).
    Really annoying. I was racking my mind thinking of how they could have gotten my number. Did I write it down on a survey? Very annoying.
    Apparently whole lots (2,000) of tel #’s can be sold for $50.00 a pop to marketing companies.
    I am also getting more unsolicited calls at home too and I have an unlisted number.


  2. I’m changing my Cell number! I’ve had it. I see I’m not the only one with this problem. I hear you Gudrun….

  3. Not all telemarketers suck
    after all, theyre just doing their jobs, nothing personal to it. I understand what y’all feel, but why not look at the postive side too you might gain very essential things from those telemarketers that you think sucked.

    Check out this BPO company website, http://www/ they provide the best telemarketing services there is at an affordable price and a very good example of telemarketers that dont suck at all..check it out they fit…LOL again

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