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05-Apr-2005, 08:23 AM #1
How to Get Rid of Solicitors?
Does anyone know the telephone number to the Government office where I can sign up to prevent solicitors from calling my number?

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05-Apr-2005, 08:26 AM #2
I have the same problem, if you live in Canada, you can call Bell Canada and see what they can do but if the company isn't part of the 'registered something-or-other agreement' there's nothing they can do but change your number. I get about 3 messages a day on my answering machine that are simply blank.
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Here in the US there's a number that can be called to register so that these solicitors can't legally call. We're getting a daily call from 0 000 000 0000.
They're covering their tracks!
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05-Apr-2005, 08:50 AM #4
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Here in the US there's a number that can be called to register so that these solicitors can't legally call. We're getting a daily call from 0 000 000 0000.
They're covering their tracks!
Just call your phone company.
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05-Apr-2005, 09:26 AM #6
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Here in the US there's a number that can be called to register so that these solicitors can't legally call. We're getting a daily call from 0 000 000 0000.
They're covering their tracks!

Talk to your phone company. You should be able to block that 0 000 000 0000 number some way. They may even may be able to do it for you. Also you may have the option to block any calls that have their caller id turned off.
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05-Apr-2005, 09:32 AM #7
Not sure about the US, but here in the UK there is this:

http://www.tpsonline.org.uk/tps/

In fact, looking at it tonight, as I get loads. The worst is, last night I had one, so within a few seconds it rang again, so I turned the ringer off. I have voicemail after 4 rings, and it happened twice again. Only when my mobile rang was I to find out it was a mate of mine.
He wasn't happy
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05-Apr-2005, 10:20 AM #8
Why not try using a Call Intercept? Unless the unknown caller says the his name or the name of his company or keys in the number from where he is calling the call wouldn't be connected.
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05-Apr-2005, 11:02 AM #9
I was also under the impression that if you request to be taken off their list that they have to do it. And if they call you again, you can file a complaint (with the FCC maybe?) and they will get fined. The only way around the Do Not Call list is if you have done business with the company in the past six months or if they're a charity.
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05-Apr-2005, 01:47 PM #10
Most solicitation calls use blocked numbers, (not all, but most). I have this great caller ID that answers blocked numbers for me on the first ring with a recorded ( very firm male voice) saying "This number does not accept blocked calls. Please turn off your call blocking device and try your call again"and hangs up on them. They never do turn it off and call back. Even neater, it holds up to 100 numbers I can program in of people ( or even companies ) I don't want to talk to, even friends or family I'm mad at or people who just annoy me, that it will answer by saying "Sorry, but the number you have dialed is not accepting your calls at this time." HarHarHar. You can, of course use individual call blocking through the phone company, but it's a fee based program. All this requires is standard Caller Id Service. You can change your mind and delete the person's number when you want.

I signed up for the National Do Not Call List TWICE 7 months ago at the link Wendy posted. Still got the sales calls, anyway. When I would complain to the caller, they would say I wasn't on the list.
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05-Apr-2005, 02:47 PM #11
When you register your name on the U.S. do not call list, U.S. telemarketers can still sell your name to Canadian telemarketers, or maybe they have Canadian affiliates.

I would suggest you not only register your name with the U.S. do not call list as suggested by WendyM:
https://www.donotcall.gov/default.aspx

But also register your name with the Canadian Marketing Association's do not call list:
https://cornerstonewebmedia.com/cma/submit.asp

I found this strategy to be fairly effective.
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05-Apr-2005, 03:41 PM #12
Lucky I never thought about that, they could just call from another country.
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05-Apr-2005, 04:42 PM #13
Also in the UK make sure your number is ex directory and when you get your canvass forms (forms that ask who lives in your house each year) from the local government make sure you tick the privacy box as it there are two lists, one open to all to and that includes telemarketing companies and the private one that can only be accessed by Police, Credit reference agencies and the like.
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05-Apr-2005, 08:15 PM #14
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Most solicitation calls use blocked numbers, (not all, but most). I have this great caller ID that answers blocked numbers for me on the first ring with a recorded ( very firm male voice) saying "This number does not accept blocked calls. Please turn off your call blocking device and try your call again"and hangs up on them. They never do turn it off and call back. Even neater, it holds up to 100 numbers I can program in of people ( or even companies ) I don't want to talk to, even friends or family I'm mad at or people who just annoy me, that it will answer by saying "Sorry, but the number you have dialed is not accepting your calls at this time." HarHarHar. You can, of course use individual call blocking through the phone company, but it's a fee based program. All this requires is standard Caller Id Service. You can change your mind and delete the person's number when you want.

I signed up for the National Do Not Call List TWICE 7 months ago at the link Wendy posted. Still got the sales calls, anyway. When I would complain to the caller, they would say I wasn't on the list.
Thanks Monkeymoon! Good strategy. I have my name in the phone book under my grandfather's name, so when a solicitor calls asking for Luis, we know right away who's calling. Depending on the mood we give some pretty wild answers, like he just died 10 minutes ago. One solicitor with a heavy foreign accent kept repeating, "Unbelievable! Unbelievable!. I am so sorry. Unbelievable!" But once a solicitor was in the neighborhood looking for jobs and reported the death to one of our neighbors who came running over to find out who had died. (The neighbor didn't have a very good sense of humor, unfortunately.) The reason I put my grandfather's name in the phone book was for having it unlisted without having to pay $25 a year.

But we also have a cell phone, and it's the cell phone that's getting the calls.
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05-Apr-2005, 08:16 PM #15
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When you register your name on the U.S. do not call list, U.S. telemarketers can still sell your name to Canadian telemarketers, or maybe they have Canadian affiliates.

I would suggest you not only register your name with the U.S. do not call list as suggested by WendyM:
https://www.donotcall.gov/default.aspx

But also register your name with the Canadian Marketing Association's do not call list:
https://cornerstonewebmedia.com/cma/submit.asp

I found this strategy to be fairly effective.
Thanks, Lucky! That's just what I needed to know!
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