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Those 'We heard you were in a car accident' cold callers

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notwonderwoman Wed 14-Feb-18 11:58:10

Not really AIBU because I don't really care but ...I've been getting so many of those strange cold callers telling me I've been in an accident I've started to have a bit of fun when they call. It's been going on for about 18 months now at least and I can't get rid of them.
This morning one called me up and I started singing 'Baby one more time' by britney down the phone to them. The sour voiced woman still kept asking me if I'd been in an accident grin I said maybe I bumped my head? And kept singing. She hung up.

The other day another one called me, I tell them they really should get a better job and they are worth more then working for a sham company (the companies don't even exist if you google them) and she still kept asking the same questions. Poor love.

Another one called me up when I was on the toilet. I'll let you guess what I told them.

How do you deal with them? smile

girlsyearapart Wed 14-Feb-18 12:00:23

I tell them I’m too upset to talk about it and sniff loudly
Or start speaking French
Feel for people doing that job though I used to do double glazing telesales and it was crap

JeNeSuisPasVotreMiel Wed 14-Feb-18 12:00:28

I put my spanish friend on the line to them (handily she was sat next to me). She rattled away for a bit until they put the phone down on her.

But how is this even a way to make a living?

haba Wed 14-Feb-18 12:00:38

" Yes. It was very bad sad.
I died."


Rebeccaslicker Wed 14-Feb-18 12:02:41

Gah, I had one who was adamant I was lying to him and "concealing" my accident.

Eventually it came out he thought he was talking to my DM, who'd died just a couple of weeks before.

I told him this. There was a pause. Then he actually said....

"And was that in a car accident?"

Fucking fucking arsehole!

endofthelinefinally Wed 14-Feb-18 12:05:01

I have had a lot of these recently.
I just tell them politely that they have been misinformed and end the call.
It is very annoying I agree.

mrssmooth Wed 14-Feb-18 12:05:39

These annoy me too! One time I asked them to tell me where the accident happened (they couldn't give me that info), what car I was driving (they couldn't give me that info) and when the accident happened. So I said "You've called me to tell me that I've been in an accident but you can't tell me when, where or what car I was driving? So how, actually, do you know I've been in an accident?" They hung up.

Another time, I said "Yes, I have been in an accident". They got very excited and started asking questions. I replied "I'm really surprised you have any information on it at all. The accident happened over 20 years ago. In Greece." (True!!) Again, they hung up.

Why is it that they all sound like they are standing in the middle of a windy carpark too?!! grin

Lucked Wed 14-Feb-18 12:06:12

I quiz them a bit "tell me more about this accident?" "What do you mean you don't know you brought it up!"


Dancingfairy Wed 14-Feb-18 12:07:33

They are so angry aren't they, when they call. I have a woman who sounds very angry that always calls me even from as soon as I answer. "This is [x] I've heard you've been in a car accident, is that right?" But said with such aggression.

bluescreen Wed 14-Feb-18 12:07:34

I know someone who says: "I'm so glad you called. I want to tell you about Jesus..."

PoorYorick Wed 14-Feb-18 12:07:39

I had some fun with them until I realised they're just wage slaves and hate the job even more than we do. So now I just say, "No I wasn't, please don't call again" and hang up.

PoorYorick Wed 14-Feb-18 12:08:28

Rebecca, that is pretty crass though.

Dolphincrossing Wed 14-Feb-18 12:09:12

Please, just put the phone down.

I hate them too but then I once found myself on the other side of the fence having to do a shit job for next to no money and being spoken to like shit by people made me so unhappy.

ankasi Wed 14-Feb-18 12:09:14

I usually ask them whether it was with my Bentley or with my Rolls Royce, they usually hang up after that.

Cauliflowersqueeze Wed 14-Feb-18 12:09:20

Just keep repeating “where did you get my number from?” And “you do NOT have permission to contact me” “I want my number removed from your company’s contact list and your personal reassurance that that has been done immediately”.


“Weird, I heard your whole family died in a car crash this morning.”

mumonashoestring Wed 14-Feb-18 12:09:23

Usually I just ask again for the company they're calling from and they hang up to avoid being asked to remove you from their call lists.

If I have a bit more time though... Recent example:
"I'm calling about a recent accident that wasn't your fault"
'Aww, it's so nice of you to say that! Do you really think it wasn't my fault?'
'Because I was hammered - I 100% should not have been driving that bus'

notwonderwoman Wed 14-Feb-18 12:10:07

I'm well past the being polite stage. I did that for too long.
When you're getting them on your mobile and landline it's time to step up your game.
I'm hoping one calls me on my mobile and another on my landline at the same time so I can let them speak to each othergrin

No, they can never tell you when the accident was or any other information about it. And they are extremely robotic when they speak to you , no emotion In the voice at all just the same question "can you confirm you have been in a car accident" no matter what your answer is! I'm thinking of what I can say to the next one wink

Baubletrouble43 Wed 14-Feb-18 12:10:45

DP had one of these on his mobile 9ish saturday morning. He'd "done " the night shift for me ( frequently waking twins with colds) and had only fallen asleep at about 6. I think my message may be deleted if I repeat what he said blush

Cauliflowersqueeze Wed 14-Feb-18 12:11:24

I feel irritated by people ringing asking if I’m interested in double glazing or whatever (although since I’m ex directory it hasn’t happened in ages) but people who ring up to actually lie to me about how they are following up a car accident are beyond the fucking pale. How DARE they. Plus they could easily frighten an elderly person with their bullshit lies.

VaguelyAware Wed 14-Feb-18 12:11:57

Cold Caller introduces themself, calling about an accident, blah blah blah.
Me: When was that then?
Cold Caller: In the last two years.
Me: But which one?
CC: Sorry I can't confirm the exact details due to the DPA.
Me: But if it's my data, surely you can give me some clue?
CC: Sorry but that's our policy.
Me: Well I don't remember which one.
CC: Have you had an accident in the last two years?
Me: I don't remember a specific accident but if you've got details of one...
CC: (getting frustrated now): Do you drive?
Me: No and I'm not stupid either. Bye. (I hang up, laughing.)

notwonderwoman Wed 14-Feb-18 12:13:03

And yes, they are aggressive. Always. If it was someone with a good telephone manner I'd be equally polite in return.

Rebeccaslicker Wed 14-Feb-18 12:13:28

These days I just say, "no and please take me off your records" and hang up.

But that one was a long time ago when these sorts of calls were still new to me - I couldn't believe that was his response!!

VaguelyAware Wed 14-Feb-18 12:14:37

I always keep them on as long as possible. On the basis that if they are talking to me, they aren't harassing someone else. I do the same with "Talk Talk" callers as well.

SleepySheepy Wed 14-Feb-18 12:17:26

I also find this infuriating. I've done a few things, ask them how they know I was in an accident and for details like a PP. I've been hung up on for that too. I've asked them to remove my details and confirm I won't be contacted again, I always get more calls afterwards. I've been angry with them, I've also just hung up as soon as I realise who they are. I block every number that does it now in the hope it might stop at least one other call.
I know the people doing those jobs aren't enjoying themselves, but I'm not either when they're wishing for me to have an accident so I don't feel bad if I decide to question them or have a bit of fun. I might try some of the other suggestions above next time it happens.

Wornoutbear Wed 14-Feb-18 12:18:14

I always do the "which car are you talking about" and wait for them to tell me - which of course they can't.

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