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Over the last few months we've been bombarded by people trying to sell PPI, and one phone call yesterday, he said: "According to our records you've had a road accident in the last 3-years". All of this is nonsense and non-applicable.

Problem is they have my home number and mobile, and as the business uses the same numbers, I'm reluctant to change.

Some numbers aren't shown: There are a number of them which comes up as 'Out Of Area', which I believe is outside the UK or 'Private Caller' or have strange numbers such as +177.... which isn't a normal telephone number.

Any suggestions on how I can stop these vulchers?

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plastic penguin wrote:

plastic penguin wrote:

Over the last few months we've been bombarded by people trying to sell PPI, and one phone call yesterday, he said: "According to our records you've had a road accident in the last 3-years". All of this is nonsense and non-applicable.

Problem is they have my home number and mobile, and as the business uses the same numbers, I'm reluctant to change.

Some numbers aren't shown: There are a number of them which comes up as 'Out Of Area', which I believe is outside the UK or 'Private Caller' or have strange numbers such as +177.... which isn't a normal telephone number.

Any suggestions on how I can stop these vulchers?

Instead of hanging up immediately, press 9. (This terminates the call.)

I did this for a few weeks and 99 percent of them dried up. (I'll still get one once in a blue moon.)

On a mobile just block the number each time. (Although the only 'nuisance' calls I have ever received on my mobile were actually from my provider at the time trying to flog me more phones!)

In no circumstances speak to them. Not even 'hello'. Just press 9 the instant you realise it's a spam call.

"We are currently awaiting the loading of our complement of small lemon-soaked paper napkins for your comfort, refreshment and hygiene during the journey."

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I get a lot of nuisance calls

I get a lot of nuisance calls AFAIK "out of area" calls come from abroad but i still get international calls, i use call blocker you get 200 pre-programmed numbers and you get a button on the device that you can block individual numbers, that number never calls you back again once blocked, it does not require mains or batteries it just works off your telephone line.

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http://www.which.co.uk

http://www.which.co.uk/technology/phones/guides/ten-tips-to-stop-cold-calls/

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https://www.google.co.uk/url

https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&ei=l8nXU-aJE-KM7AarvoFI&url=http://consumers.ofcom.org.uk/files/2012/09/all-guides-small.pdf&cd=2&ved=0CB8QFjAB&usg=AFQjCNHkWGK-S28VJbm3RcJc6kld1Ujl9w&sig2=l6jMIDGVVqOasRvHxjr0JQ

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Chebby, I couldn't find

Chebby, I couldn't find anything about dialing 9 on UK sites. What happens when you dial 9?

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bigboss wrote:

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Chebby, I couldn't find anything about dialing 9 on UK sites. What happens when you dial 9?

I always thought you get an outside line.   Smile

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bigboss wrote:

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Chebby, I couldn't find anything about dialing 9 on UK sites. What happens when you dial 9?

I always thought you get an outside line.   Smile

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bigboss wrote:

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Chebby, I couldn't find anything about dialing 9 on UK sites. What happens when you dial 9?

Yeah, first time I've heard this.

I never pick up the phone when these dodgy mumbers appear, but once it goes onto answer phone they put the receiver down, whereas the genuine ones leave a message.

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I ask them for details of the

I ask them for details of the accident, or of the loan if they are ppi, when they can't answer I tell them to f*** off. Gets rid of them!

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‘Hanging up’ without speaking

‘Hanging up’ without speaking is probably the best system but for repeat offenders or those in the UK who ought not to be calling as I’m registered with the ‘telephone preference scheme’ (waste of time) I either tell them I’m reporting them or if on the PC & got music on I ask them to hold for a minute & leave them listening to some Dylan (the long track 'Tempest' is ideal) while I make a cup of tea, they have always been gone when I return a few mins later  Diablo ('Lily, Rosemary, & The Jack Of Hearts' is also a good one)

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20068927

I would have put the link here in the main body of the post but I'm not jumping through all the necassary hoops for love nor money.

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When is a nuisance NOT a nuisance?

I must confess I don't often do this but it comes in handy from time to time. I usually get these calls early evening when Im on my way home from work. If I've had a particularly bad day I just engage the caller in conversation and then basically start a row with them. A bit childish I admit but saves Mrs J getting the brunt of it when I arrive home.

I was once asked by a PPI caller "how can you be sure you haven't had any loans etc in the past 6 years". When I replied by asking "how can YOU be so sure", he replied with a laugh, "Ahh, Mr J, I asked first" (cheeky so and so) and I shouted "Cos I'm not a ******* idiot! now answer my question. He duly hung up Biggrin

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I always try to sell them

I always try to sell them something back. They're never quite sure how to respond if you offer them contact lenses on direct debit from £12 per month.

Also ask them if they do credit cards as that's what youre really interested in (unless they are ringing to sell you a credit card in which case that would be a bad idea!)

"Hello I am ringing regarding a quote for your double glazing... Could you tell me how many windows are in your house please?"

"I'm actually after a credit card, you don't happen to do those do you? Thats what I'm really interested in at the moment."

"Umm... Err... We don't do credit cards, I am ringing about your double glazing."

"Oh... That's fine then. Thanks. Bye!"

If I'm a bit bored and have nothing much on I try to engage them in conversation to see how long I can keep them talking about total rubbish not related to what they are ringing about. But then I'm probably not very nice.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20068927

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Good for him.

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relocated wrote:

relocated wrote:

Alec wrote:

 

Good for him.

I can see what I wrote. Sorry, nothing I can do about the link. I tried to enter it in the main body and make it clicky, but was confronted with an incomprehensibe dialogue box which refused to acknowledge my clicks, and which - as I said - I didn't understand anyway. so I shan't be using it.

I'm sure you can copy and paste the link shoudl you care to. Unless you see no link, which is not my fault.

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