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Hands up who gets regular calls from companies selling PPI, Computer repairs or LPA (Legal Protection Agencies) stating you've had a road accident over the last few months?

Go away you festering bunch of parasites!! Not had a road accident in 30 years, no finance issues that requires PPI involvement, and our PC is maintained by the bro-in-law, who's an IT manager for Sky TV

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For the last few months we have been plagued with calls starting "Hi - now that winter is here" at which point I hang up.

We must have had about 100 of these and I still haven't listened long enough to find out what they are trying to sell. I guess it is a case of not knowing being more interesting than knowing and I would only be disappointed to find out.
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BT8500 phone has call blocking. 30.
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If we don't recognise the caller's number, or if it has been withheld or shows up as "out of area" we just let it go to the answering machine; genuine callers will leave a message. I check unrecognised numbers on http://whocallsme.com/ & if they are known scammers I block their number.

The exception to that is if it looks like one of the "TalkTalk technical department" or "Microsoft" scammers & I feel like having a bit of fun with them. The object of the exercise is to keep them talking for as long as possible & then get them to hang upon me. . . asking them for a random letter from my password usually does the trick!
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I learned at the weekend that I've had a car crash in the last two years that wasn't my fault. The only incidents I can recall were when I reversed into the fence on the car park at work and when a bloke drove into the back of me on the M60 at about 2mph (which is quite brisk for the M60). Neither resulted in a claim of any sort. The conversation went:

"Hi. My name is Viran from the ambulance chasing leech bunch of ******s legal group. How are you today?"
"Not great to be honest. I've had a very upset stomach. I've been ****ting like a new born baby" (I like to do this to put them off balance)
"Oh, erm, well, erm. I'm ringing about the car accident you had"
"Oh. The one in 1992 where I needed corrective surgery for facial injuries that went to court and everything?" (This is true)
"No, the.."
"The one in 2004 when I crashed into the back of a man in a Ford Scorpio at low speed approaching a roundabout when my foot slipped off the clutch?" (also true, sadly)
"No. the..."
"Ah, you must mean the one in 2010 when I reversed into a neighbour's car" (Also true)
"No, the one you had in the last two years"
"Can you be more specific on dates, because I'm struggling to remember that one"
"Our database shows that you have had an accident in the last two years"
"Where does your database get its information from?"

Sadly Viran decided to hang up at this point.

I have been know to just leave the phone and walk away leaving them to talk to themselves, pretend to be deaf, do Norman Collier impressions (ask your dad), tell them it's a stately home and I need 40 windows, tell them I want windows, and a conservatory, and an orangery, and will they send the bill to the council.

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I've had my fair share of these but wait until you pass 50. Since then I've had plenty of calls regarding funeral insurance and retirement planning. 'Bloody parasites' is right.
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I get quite a few to my mobile phone, if it doesn't come up with a contact name it doesn't get answered.

I blame the half dozen companies who have contacted me over the years telling me they have had a breach of their data, meaning my data, and have reported themselves to the authorities.

Absolute Radio and ABTA are two of the most recent.

I sometimes, if they phone on the landline, like others have a bit of banter with them until they become abusive and hang up. Mrs. V sits there tutting.
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There are apps to block unknown or blacklisted number on mobile.
The one from my operator is really good. Does sms blocking too.

Some phones have this built into the call/phone app now too.

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It's more fun winding them up TT4N.

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I get two or three a week. I simply don't pick up calls from numbers not in my contact list. If they want, they can leave me a voicemail, otherwise :bye:
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The way of dealing with them depends on whether you have time to spare or not.

If you have time to spare, initially tell them you are not interested. They will persist. Tell them you are not interested again. If they are at all legit, they will bid you goodbye and leave you alone.
If they are not legit, they will still persist. In my book, they are then fair game. Put the phone on speaker and let them speak. Let them do their whole spiel, saying nothing but "uh-huh" or other vaguely affirmative noises. When they finally stop talking, tell them that you don't understand. Which part? The initial part. Let them drone on again. When they stop again, ask them "So how much am I going to be paid?"
"What?"
"How much will you be paying me for this job?"
"No, sir... you misunderstand."
"I'd be glad to come to work for you, but I need to know how much I will be paid."

Continue for as long as it is fun or until they hang up.
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I remember the day you could pick up the phone & the most annoying thing you got was just some heavy breathing.

*sigh*

The good old days.
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Really good of BT to stop providing CallerID for free and start charging a few years back .. obviously feel making more money selling lines to the parasites is better than customer service ..
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If I'm in the mood I'll have some fun with these people. Had one the other day who was reading from a crib sheet and was unable to generate his own words. Half way through his talk I interjected with a simple 'wibble' which put him right off he stride. He started from the beginning and this went on three or four times before he gave up.
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I think I've had a total of three unsolicited calls in the past 10 years. I don't know how you guys manage it.
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Currently working for a bank, thanks to this morning's PPI misselling call.
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Just as I was reading this I got a call about that accident

A few years back there seemed to be an interest in hearing damage in the workplace. I'm sure I was not the only one..

Pardon? Sorry I can't hear very well? What?

They would often laugh and just say goodbye though they might get annoyed on occasion.

Since having an Android phone and possibly because I run Avast on it, it tells me on the splash screen when the phone rings if is it suspected/reported spam. This call did but as I recognised the number from a few previous attempts I was tricked into thinking maybe it was genuine.

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I remember the day you could pick up the phone & the most annoying thing you got was just some heavy breathing.

*sigh*

The good old days.
With me that's just wishful thinking.

If I don't recognise the number I just ignore it. If they are genuine they would leave a message. Still parasites though.
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I think I've had a total of three unsolicited calls in the past 10 years. I don't know how you guys manage it.
You're very lucky. Perhaps they haven't leant to swim yet.
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I think I've had a total of three unsolicited calls in the past 10 years. I don't know how you guys manage it.
Heavy breathing?
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My Samsung S7 from EE has a spam/nuisance call app from whitepages.com.

It works really well and also identifies a lot of numbers who are not in your phone book.
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I got a phone call last week asking for 'Geoff', I told them 'you have the wrong num....' before I could finish the woman said 'it might be a wrong number but I think this concerns you'. I said 'I doubt that very much, byeeeeeee'

That number was added to the hundreds on my blocked number list. I still get the calls saying 'we have you down as involved in an accident'. They don't even get a 'byeeeee' some of them get a four letter word
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