OT: How do you handle telemarketers
Here's a question for everyone: how you handle telemarketers?
Let me first start by saying that I use a device called a Telezapper which sends out the "disconnected line" tones whenever someone calls. This is usually enough to stop most telemarketers since the tones tell their computers that my number has been disconnected so it's a waste of time to keep calling me.
My phone number is also on the FTC and State of Florida Do Not Call lists, which makes it illegal for telemarketers to call me. I also report any telemarketers when they do call me.
Within the last month, though, I've been getting calls about once a week from "card account services", who are quick to say they're not with "my bank". Every time they call, I tell them to stop calling and I report them to the FTC Do Not Call List, yet they keep calling. Whenever I ask them for their company's name and phone number, the person says they'll give it to me after I give them my credit card information. I've even told them that I want their information to make sure it's not a scam- after all, how do I know they're not a "phishing" company out to steal my information?
I've finally gotten to the point where I'm telling them that I'm reporting to the FTC Do Not Call list, which means their company could be fined and they could lose their job.
Does anyone have any good ideas on how to get them to stop calling? And, no, I don't mean nasty things like blowing an air horn in their ear- these are still people who need to work for a living and doing something like this could be considered assault.