TMP3: Junk Calls

TMP the monday peeve

Welcome to my refreshed Monday Peeve! Unburden yourself of an annoyance and you’ll feel better afterward. Or not. Complain in my comments or crab in your own post. Doesn’t have to be on a Monday. You do you.

Yeah, yeah, old news, I know, but even so I would like to peeve about junk calls today. There are the flat-out scams, of course, which are horrible (Trent posted about his recent experience). Then there are the endless surveys, which waste time even to hang up on them. Go away! Around election time (and when isn’t it anymore?), you get the volunteers bugging you about candidates and issues. Go away! At work, I answer endless calls from people needing to “update their information” on us, ugh. Mostly garbage. And yes, my cell phone provider does a pretty good job of marking the worst calls as spam or telemarketing, but some slip through. It’s just so irritating to spend any time on this and block their numbers. Sometimes you’re expecting a call, but you don’t have the person’s number in your contacts, so you can’t screen and must pick up. It feels so much more invasive than the junk mail in my mailbox, especially when a real person is jabbering on the line at me so fast I can barely get in a “no thanks” before I disconnect. They must go to some rapid-fire speech training class. And what is the point? I guess it’s worth it if one in ten thousand buys some dumb thing. The rest of us just get annoyed with the company/candidate/whatever.

GRRRRRR! Okay, that’s all. Your turn.


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29 responses to “TMP3: Junk Calls

  1. I just hang up.

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  2. Yes!!!! I don’t even answer the phone, unless it’s someone I’m expecting and wanting to talk to. I’ve also been getting spam text messages lately, which somehow feels more intrusive. There have always been spam phone calls. The spam text messages are more obviously fishing for personal information, and I can see people getting caught up in that kind of thing by accident very easily.

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  3. Caution – beware of all unfamiliar numbers, voice mails and texts – utilize ‘delete’ my motto.

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  4. It is irritating even if my phone screens them. Now they’re sending messages too!😖

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  5. If the name/ number of the caller is one I don’t recognize, I let it go to voicemail. And most such calls are junk calls and I then block the number and delete the message.

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  7. Like Ashleyleia, I just don’t answer the damned phone. My cell phone is turned off, so they can send all the junk calls they want, they won’t get any response. From doing that (not answering my phone) very often during the past year, an odd/happy thing has come about too! I rarely EVER hear my phone ring. The closest to a ‘spam’ call was about a week ago when someone called (I didn’t answer, didn’t hear the phone), grunted on my voicemail (they made some grunting noise), and hung up. The number looked vaguely familiar, but I didn’t call it back, just erased it. Um. It’s satisfying enough to me not to be get blitzed with all that garbage you’ve talked about in your very timely post today!

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  8. We get a bunch every day – some on my cell phone, and some on our other phone. I shut them off immediately. Our phones have caller ID and it most times says it’s spam, robo, or whatever else.

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  9. We’ve unplugged our landline following nuisance calls (reverse directory to check out the number of a ‘missed aka ignored’ calls). My mobile has caller ID so if I don’t recognise the number, I don’t answer.

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  11. Sorry to bore you with another rant about WordPress.

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  12. I keep saying this. Charge for calls, charge for emails–even $0.01–and this will stop. It’s stupid that these companies can make millions of robo calls and send millions of emails and millions of texts at, essentially, no cost, on an Internet infrastructure that we all pay to support.
    I can handle the $1.03 monthly charge this will cost me. (I don’t know. 103? Maybe a few more.)

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  13. Yep. You block one number and they call from a different one. I’m on the “Do Not Call” list too, but they can’t stop the robo-calls.
    I always feel so bad that some naive, or confused person is gonna fall for one of these “IRS” scams

    Have you ever been included in a “group” rando text and had your phone going off with other people in the group replying? THAT was a horrible experience 🤦🏼‍♀️

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  14. Recently I have had text messages to tell me I could get millions from some person who died in Switzerland or Nigeria HaHaHAAAA!

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  15. Thank goodness the do-not-call list in Norway works like it should.

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