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Curmudgeon
post Jul 27 2017, 12:49 AM
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The second time today that I was awakened from sleep by the same recorded message, "If you fell while answering this message and you were wearing our emergency button, you could have pressed a button and we would have dialed 911 for you..." I turned as usual to report it to donotcall.gov... Today I got a surprise. After filing my complaint, I was redirected to a contest: DEFCON VS. RACHEL.

Winners had been declared, but work is still in progress... Ideas are welcome and someone in the government has put some money out there to prime the pump.

At work, we had pause and call forwarding. I used to be able to dial time, put the phone on hold briefly, dial the boss's phone number, hang up before the time lady answered and he would get a message: "At the tone, the time is 12:30 PM and 10 seconds... beep..." It did not show my phone number as the caller, it showed that the phone number for dialing the time was calling him directly.

I suggested, among other things that we should be able to create a conference call and dial *666, hang up and let the Do Not Call "Honeypot" capture the call while it was still in progress.

I am thinking that perhaps I should memorize a phone number for the FBI, provide the number, and tell the caller; "I have to run, please call me at work."

Any other suggestions would be welcomed as I want to keep my telephone available for emergencies...

Yesterday, my middle daughter called to say that she had been hit by a car and she was in the hospital. While still in the ambulance, she got a phone call from her boyfriend... They each carry durable medical power of attorney documents for the other. He had just been hospitalized with pancreatic cancer...

TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:

How do you handle nuisance calls?

What legal means can you recommend to discourage the behavior?
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post Jul 31 2017, 05:45 AM
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For anyone who has had issues with telemarketers...Tom Mabe has an awesome series of recording you need to listen to.

Tom Mabe - Telemarketers

The Murder Scene one is the best, but all are great.

He keeps a recorder near his phone, and pranks on the telemarketers when they call. Things we probably all wish we could do....
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