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To be sick to the back teeth with those fecking phone calls from insurance companies/financial companies/ppi companies every day!

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crosscupcake Wed 03-Oct-12 15:49:59

I am on leave this week and so far i have had at least 4 phone calls a day from these companies!
Where the heck do they get my number from?
I dont give it out, i dont have any connection with them, why are they bugging me?

I now just put the phone down when they drone on and tell me who they are and ask how i am today....unreasonable, but i want them to leave me alone.

Thinking of getting home phone disconnected.

How can i stop these calls?

ClippedPhoenix Wed 03-Oct-12 15:56:04

They also call mobiles OP angry

I get at least 15 calls a day at work too and don't care what anyone says on here, I tell them to piss off grin

As for your home phone, I went on the internet and there is a free service where these can be stopped for you. I'm sure someone will be along in a mo to tell the exact website as I'm menopausal I've forgotten.

blooblies Wed 03-Oct-12 15:56:57

I don't think there is a way, but at 41 weeks pregnant I can empathise. By the time I have extracted myself off the sofa/ out of the shower tray I am cleaning/ woken up from a nap/ got up from emptying the washing machine, etc. to be met with either background call centre noise or inane blether I am not the least bit interested in, I am in no mood to be civil. Some Indian called 'Daniel' had the cheek to phone me back yesterday after I put the phone down (to attend to yet another poo incident from dd).

Paiviaso Wed 03-Oct-12 15:57:21

I get loads of texts (no landline) always about PPI and the thousands of ££ I will save, despite the fact I've only lived in this country for 5 years and have had virtually no loans...

I also wonder where they get my number from. I suppose it sold by another company I gave it to.

They do call as well, but when I answer they hang up, presumably because they are doing that multi-dialer thing. Sooooo annoying.

NoNoNoMYDoIt Wed 03-Oct-12 15:57:25

Telephone preference service. You can unsubscribe there

blooblies Wed 03-Oct-12 15:58:13

The telephone preference service will stop sales calls, but not 'market research' or international pesterers.

SammyTheSwedishSquirrel Wed 03-Oct-12 15:58:50

I'm being plagued by phonecalls from 'Microsoft Operating Systems' at the moment. It's doing my nut. I've had to unplug the phone they're ringing so much.

blooblies Wed 03-Oct-12 15:59:37

My cousin posted this on FB today:
Don't reply STOP messages for Spam emails. Forward message to 7726 (SPAM)

slartybartfast Wed 03-Oct-12 15:59:52

we get ppp insurance thingy at work, it is a recorded voice, i did hold to speak to someone to explain it was work but they just hung up! they call every day. angry

randomfemale Wed 03-Oct-12 16:00:03

My landline is permanently unplugged unless I actually need to call anyone. Everyone I know in RL rings my mobile. They are such annoying feckers!

blooblies Wed 03-Oct-12 16:00:12

Doh - very pg brain read that as texts, not emails. Sorry.

crosscupcake Wed 03-Oct-12 16:02:41

Just had another 2 in the last 10 minutes fromt he same company!!!!!

Piss off!

Im going to go onto preference service AGAIN! I already had it..or so i thought!

Startailoforangeandgold Wed 03-Oct-12 16:05:34

I told "MS engineering" to fuck the fuck off only a couple of days ago. Normally I just hang up, but I was on tender hooks that one of the DDs would want fetching from school neither had been well and DD1 had a sodding controlled assessment.

I was not in the moodangry

crosscupcake Wed 03-Oct-12 16:06:36

yup, tps are telling me i am already registered with why do they keep ringing me??

ClippedPhoenix Wed 03-Oct-12 16:06:49

It takes roughly two weeks for the calls to stop after you've registered OP, in the meantime just keep swearing at them grin

hobnobsaremyfave Wed 03-Oct-12 16:07:44

Sorry but I lost it not 10 minutes ago with one such lying bastard. I am usually polite but this week has been beyond shit and this twat was lying through his arse. Scammers rang my mum's house 3 times on Monday whilst we were meeting with the undertaker planning my dad's funeral. My mum has never even owned a computer.

Smellslikecatspee Wed 03-Oct-12 16:12:31

Telephone preference service doesnt work on calls that come from outside UK. Most of these places now use a random number generator, and if the call is answered once they then sort it as being an active number.


I do feel your pain, I was very rude to one of them about 2 weeks ago who would not get off the line. I was waiting for an important call, said this said I was going to hang up, to which he said he'd just call back. . .

featherbag Wed 03-Oct-12 16:14:53

We've had a few of these at work - they come through on the 'Bat Phone', the special phone used only by ambulance control to warn us if something's coming in we need to be ready and waiting for (work in A&E if you hadn't guessed). The registrar lost it last time, pressed the button to speak to a 'sales rep' and tore them a new one, told them he'd personally make sure the company was prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law etc. No doubt it'll have had no effect.

ledkr Wed 03-Oct-12 16:19:31

Yes I agree,I hate being horrible to them as they are just doing a crap job but I got called abroad and it cost ME money.I got called the other day after being up half the night with baby dd. She had just gone to sleep and I had just sank into the sofa with a cuppa and it rang. I completely lost it telling him id had no sleep and he had woken the baby thanks very much.They make me crazy.Im already with the tel pref service but they still get through sad

Tiago Wed 03-Oct-12 16:35:54

I had someone call yesterday, who then tried to insist I justify why I am not interested. He got a very short "I repeat, I am not interested, goodbye" and then I hung up. He nearly got "I am current heavily pregnant and trying to clean cat shit off a carpet, so no I don't want to talk to you, fuck off."

<admires own self-restraint>

VonHerrBurton Wed 03-Oct-12 16:39:13

'Good afternoon MrsVon, how are you today? How's the weather in Vontown today? <fucking stupid laugh insert> all it is is'......................

Fuck off. If nothing else, the expression 'all it is is' deserves eternal damnation.

I feel I have to answer the fuckers too as some come up as Private Number (could be ds's school) and some are random 0845 (work switchboard) I couldn't leave either to ring out.

VonHerrBurton Wed 03-Oct-12 16:42:32

Ooh, ooh - the worst are the ones who have been 'trained in the art of open questioning' and think they're so clever when they say 'Hello Mrs Von - how would you like to save £100 today?'

Bastards angry

maillotjaune Wed 03-Oct-12 16:42:38

Oh yes, plagued by them on my mobile at the moment but I just don't answer if I don't recognise the number. Texts too.

The ones that really really bug me are when you pick up the phone and there is a pause before the caller actually connects. You're callying, you bloody well wait for me to answer not the other way round. angry

kdiddy Wed 03-Oct-12 16:45:21

We keep getting them ringing trying to sell loft insulation. We live in a flat, and no matter how often I tell them I do not have a fucking loft, they still call.

I keep getting pestered by charities I used to donate to. Have stopped temporarily due to being on mat leave with no pay. Anyway, I hate the whole "have we done something to upset you?" call. Telling me the benefits of donating to that charity. Yes, I know, that's why I donated before. And I would have done so again when I went back to work except now you're fannying about wasting money ringing me and trying to guilt me into £2 a week or whatever. Which I do not have.

Can't bring myself to tell a charity caller to fuck off, or hang up, though.

CurlyhairedAssassin Wed 03-Oct-12 16:49:00

I think comparison websites have a lot to answer for. We registered with the TPS when we moved in 10 years ago. It worked brilliantly. Then I went on a couple of those sites for energy and car insurance and lo and behold the calls started coming thick and fast. I am very rude with them now, I am past caring. It's tantamount to stalking, prank calls etc. utterly uncalled for.

You should answer though, and tell them in no uncertain terms that you are with the TPS and ex directory and ask them how they got the number. Seems to floor them asking them that directly. Then tell them to take the number off their database and never call again.

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