djrez4 wrote:Am I the only one who likes answering telemarketer calls? They're way too fun to mess with. I don't get any, but my parents do. When I visit them, I pick up all of the 800-number calls and have a field day.
Some of my favorites - try to convert them to a made up religion; tell them a long, rambling story that ends with the punchline "F U clown!"
(I've extended the F U clown story up to 30 minutes.)
If you actually kept one of them on the line for 30 minutes with that you did great! That deserves an award. The upside to that besides having fun is they aren't bugging or scamming someone else in that time.
Another scam like that is all these vulture auto warranty companies. From what I've read the vast majority offer a worthless product. They must get your info from the DMV and they bombard your mailbox with nonsense like "you must call NOW or you will be in grave peril!!!!!!" about your car making it look like the wheels will fall off on your way to work if you don't call these idiots.
Back in the day before I knew better, I got one in the mail and had been looking for one, since I had an older car at the time and plenty of experience with what can happen with that. Like a fool I call the number, and some telemarketer gives me the pitch, wanting me to pull out a credit card and give them the number. I said well before I can do that I need to know what I'm buying so can you send me a copy of your coverages I can look it over? You'd think I asked for the Brooklyn Bridge - no sir we don't do that, basically you buy it, and then we send you what you get. I was like you gotta be kidding me - do you really think I'm dumb enough to buy what I don't even know I'm getting? well sir it just covers everything. (Except all the things it doesn't cover of course). We went back and forth like this for I'm not kidding you an hour, and I had told my ex-wife I would take her out to dinner and she was waiting patiently all through that, and I could finally see I was going to get nowhere with these people so I finally said well we've gone over this a billion times now, my position hasn't changed if you want my business send me what I'm buying first, my wife is waiting for me to take her to dinner and she's waited long enough I'm hanging up, goodbye. As I was hanging up I could hear the voice on the other end continue pressuring me to buy what I didn't know.
I mean what nerve. How stupid would anyone have to be to give a credit card number to these people BEFORE you know what the hell you are getting? That's a BIG time red flag of SCAMMERS folks.
To this day I still get those cards in the mail "Your auto warranty has expired you are in mortal danger terrorists will drain your bank account and kill you on national TV!!!!!!" I got several right after buying a new vehicle. Needless to say they got filed in the circular cabinet.....