1. Welcome to Religious Forums, a friendly forum to discuss all religions in a friendly surrounding.

    Your voice is missing! You will need to register to get access to the following site features:
    • Reply to discussions and create your own threads.
    • Our modern chat room. No add-ons or extensions required, just login and start chatting!
    • Access to private conversations with other members.

    We hope to see you as a part of our community soon!

More irritating than creationists!

Discussion in 'Consumer Affairs' started by Jayhawker Soule, Jun 28, 2018.

  1. Jayhawker Soule

    Jayhawker Soule <yawn> ignore </yawn>
    Premium Member

    Joined:
    May 15, 2004
    Messages:
    37,194
    Ratings:
    +10,569
    Religion:
    Judaism
    So far ...
    • I've received a a very important phone call alerting me to the fact that I am eligible for a better credit card.
    • I've received a courtesy call from Microsoft warning me of a computer virus on my home computer (which is an iiMac).
    • And my wife and I have each received a call from the IRS threatening us with immediate action.
    And it's only a little after noon.

    And it's after many months of putting such phone numbers on a now rather substantial block-list.
     
    • Like Like x 2
    • Winner Winner x 1
  2. YmirGF

    YmirGF Bodhisattva

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2005
    Messages:
    29,091
    Ratings:
    +14,871
    Religion:
    Beyond the Light
    Yep, I get all the above from time to time. They come in waves.

    I was particularly amused by the one from Tax Canada saying that a bench warrant had been issued for my recently deceased mother. I laughed and said, "Good luck on serving that warrant." The caller actually got angry and asked if I thought it was a joke - which made me laugh harder.

    This video is great! The kid is 16 years old and they are calling about his back taxes. LOL.
     
    #2 YmirGF, Jun 28, 2018
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2018
  3. Sunstone

    Sunstone De Diablo Del Fora
    Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2004
    Messages:
    71,106
    Ratings:
    +29,389
    Religion:
    Erotic Dancing Girls
    FYI. I know for a fact those block lists are used as calling lists. Turns out that the telemarketers get a better response rate from then than from most calling lists, so they acquire them (under the pretext of using them to sort out who not to call).
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Informative Informative x 1
  4. whirlingmerc

    whirlingmerc Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2016
    Messages:
    4,170
    Ratings:
    +758
    Religion:
    Christian
    The call from the IRS was a common fraud tactics trying to get you to send emergency money for relief. Sadly in the US a high percentage of elders are targeted by such fraud
     
  5. Shadow Wolf

    Shadow Wolf Crazy Diamond

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2005
    Messages:
    57,223
    Ratings:
    +19,285
    Religion:
    God is in the Rain
    I had a "free resort stay," because I allegedly stayed at one of their resorts, and no matter how hard I tried to explain to the lady the impossibility of that and the same of all her "reasons," she kept trying to push me in that direction and didn't shake from her base once.
    Another thing I found about irritating was when I went to an Ace Hardware for some things for a project, I got a card thingy, gave her my phone number, and their system had the rest of my information.
     
  6. suncowiam

    suncowiam Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2014
    Messages:
    5,609
    Ratings:
    +2,223
    I don't know... Creationists do their hardest to be pretty irritating.

    I had an automated call saying some police officer will get me if I didn't pay back taxes.

    I made a mistake by not reporting one source of income so I know exactly how the IRS responds to this. They do it by mail.
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Informative Informative x 1
  7. whirlingmerc

    whirlingmerc Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2016
    Messages:
    4,170
    Ratings:
    +758
    Religion:
    Christian
    Creationists are much nicer
     
  8. whirlingmerc

    whirlingmerc Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2016
    Messages:
    4,170
    Ratings:
    +758
    Religion:
    Christian

    Creationists are nicer
    I see eye to eye with Solomon to 'remember your creator in the days of your youth'
    Eccesiastes how to be happy
     
  9. Skwim

    Skwim Veteran Member

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2010
    Messages:
    26,815
    Ratings:
    +10,897
    Religion:
    Agnostic
    We could all do without telemarketers, but for some of us, creationists can be a real day brightener. Who here hasn't enjoyed some of their attempts to foist the logic of creationism on us? Heck, if it wasn't for creationists we'd be reduced to quibbling over the meaning of obscure Bible passages, or groaning over the last god-awful lie Trump just told. But with creationism on the table we not only have the issue itself, but creationists themselves to banter about.

    Nope, to me creationists are not only much nicer people, but provide interesting fodder for discussion; even if it can get tiresome. So I say:


    LONG LIVE THE CREATIONISTS
    MAY THEIR FLAG OF MISPLACED
    CERTITUDE FLY HIGH AND MIGHTILY

    (just don't try to sneak it into public schools)

    .
     
    #9 Skwim, Jun 28, 2018
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2018
    • Funny Funny x 1
    • Winner Winner x 1
  10. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
    Premium Member

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2017
    Messages:
    17,215
    Ratings:
    +12,279
    Religion:
    None
    Don't know if your provider does this but mine provide a way to block hidden numbers. Cuts down unwanted calls dramatically.

    Before we turned the block on we were getting 5 to 10 a day, now we get maybe 5 a year (clever ones who don't hide the number but change it regularly).

    The only time (that we know) we missed an important call was the bank trying to contact me. They wrote instead.

    Perhaps worth talking to your provider (after a few hundred "your call is important to us, you are 236 in the queue, please wait" and see if they offer the service.

    Edit : i forgot to mention, im british living in france. Before the block i always answered in english first. That was usually enough to cause the line to go dead.
     
    #10 ChristineM, Jun 28, 2018
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2018
  11. 9-10ths_Penguin

    9-10ths_Penguin 1/10 Riboflavin
    Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2007
    Messages:
    55,455
    Ratings:
    +14,016
    Religion:
    None (atheist)
    In Canada, the federal government runs the do not call list. It's against the law for telemarketers to call any number on it and there are some pretty stiff penalties if they use the list as a calling list.

    Canada's National Do Not Call List
     
  12. David T

    David T Well-Known Member
    Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2011
    Messages:
    7,532
    Ratings:
    +2,809
    I love when they call. I start asking them questions that popeadope posts. They get annoyed and hang up. I cackle madly
     
  13. John53

    John53 Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2017
    Messages:
    504
    Ratings:
    +533
    Religion:
    Atheist
    We have a similar thing in Australia unfortunately it doesn't work with scammer calls.
     
  14. Audie

    Audie Veteran Member

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2018
    Messages:
    13,474
    Ratings:
    +6,507
    Religion:
    None
    I get them started then set the phone down.
     
    • Funny Funny x 1
  15. Sunstone

    Sunstone De Diablo Del Fora
    Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2004
    Messages:
    71,106
    Ratings:
    +29,389
    Religion:
    Erotic Dancing Girls
    I don't know whether it's against the law to call a block list here in the US. But I've read in industry magazines the lists are being used, and why they're being used.
     
  16. SalixIncendium

    SalixIncendium सच्चिदानन्द
    Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2016
    Messages:
    7,189
    Ratings:
    +8,644
    Religion:
    Advaitist Hindu
    I hadn't had a land line in years, but signed up for an internet-phone-tv bundle through...I don't want to mention any names, so we'll just call them... "Shleptrum."

    No one had the phone number, so it rang every two to three days with a telemarketer. Whenever I picked up, I asked that they refrained from calling me again. Eventually, the calls increase to 3 to 4 per day, and eventually the phone would wake me up in the middle of the night. I turned the ringer off, and after a month or two, more times than not, when I walked by the phone, it had an incoming call illuminated on the display.

    I will never get another land line.
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Informative Informative x 1
  17. Subduction Zone

    Subduction Zone Veteran Member

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2017
    Messages:
    29,786
    Ratings:
    +16,918
    Religion:
    Atheist
    There are some YouTubers that regularly make videos of them wasting the time of these operators. They will keep them on for a half an hour or more and at the end the scammer will tend to get a bit abusive.

    If enough people did that these scams would quickly die. I have done my part at times, but I get bored after the first five or ten minutes.
     
  18. Sunstone

    Sunstone De Diablo Del Fora
    Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2004
    Messages:
    71,106
    Ratings:
    +29,389
    Religion:
    Erotic Dancing Girls
    I never have a hard time with telemarketers. It takes me five seconds or less to figure out they're telemarketers, another five seconds at most to tell them I'm not interested and hang up. Ten seconds in all -- at most. Of course, I wish they wouldn't call in the first place.
     
  19. Subduction Zone

    Subduction Zone Veteran Member

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2017
    Messages:
    29,786
    Ratings:
    +16,918
    Religion:
    Atheist

    I often can tell just from the telephone number. Lately they have found how to give a false telephone number and name. Regularly I see the name of a local hospital. Since I have known people that have been there recently it would cause me to jump and to answer it. Now I see that and there is still a short emotional response but I know that it is probably a scammer.

    If you don't want scam calls there is a relatively simple cure. Most of them dial multiple numbers at once and the first person to answer is the "winner". I usually wait a couple of rings and more often than not there is no one there when I answer.
     
  20. oldbadger

    oldbadger Skanky Old Mongrel!

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2012
    Messages:
    15,588
    Ratings:
    +4,527
    Religion:
    deist
    More irritating than .......?
    Bird song at 4am? If you shut your double glazing you're hot, if you open it........ trill trill trill?
    Adverts in the middle of your telly programs?
    Cold calling salesmen at your door?
    Religious callers? Heaven is free and that?
    You buy a newspaper and half of it is adverts?
    ............................ and it goes on.........

    The trick is, to enjoy it all........ it's life.

    When you wake up in the morning, first thing you gotta do is brush your teeth (whatever) AGAIN? Enjoy it. In fact you can enhance your life amazingly by enjoying every part of it................ including posts like this one. :)
     
Loading...