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Subject: Re: Holiday Scams Date: 12/9/1999 1:23 PM
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Anyone without a recognizable name gets our answering machine first.
If we recognize them, we pick up. IF not, well .... let 'em try to get any info from my machine.

My problem with this strategy is -- These companies will call you hourly and day after day until they reach a live person. I have a caller ID box that holds 25 names. When I come home and find 6 spaces out of the valuable 25 used up in one day by "unavailable" (sure sign of a telemarketer), then 6 more the next day and six the next, that means my ability to use the box as a short-term record of callers to my home (for various personal reasons, I sometimes refer back for these names and numbers) is greatly diminished.

My philosophy is to talk to them ASAP and say the magic words, "Put me on your do not call list." Then they are gone. Until the next company, of course... but I still find that applying this strategy on a committed basis is definitely having long term effects on the number of total telemarketing calls to my home. I even tell the public television people that I will renew when my year is up and DO NOT call me.
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