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Dealing with Telemarketers

Dealing with Telemarketers

Are you tired of dealing with telemarketers?

The “Do Not Call Registry” was supposed to do away with unwanted, unsolicited callers, but we all know it was a dismal failure.

I have found if you tell them you’re not interested, they simply call back in a few days.  If you tell them to take your name off their list, they still call back in a couple of days.

As a result, I have taken a new approach.  The new approach is to give them a dose of their own medicine.  You can do this in a few ways.

  1. As soon as you realize they are trying to sell you something, turn the tables and try to get them to buy your product or services.  You can even start by asking, “Are you going to put this on your Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express?”  This unnerves them and throws them off their approach.  If they try to get back on track, simply state, “If you’re not going to give me a credit card number, I will have to hang up.”
  2. Today’s hot market is selling Search Engine Optimization services.  This is a biggie because most of those companies will simply take your money and do nothing.  In fact, the last SEO company to call me obviously found me via a search engine, so my SEOs must be working.  I handle them in one of two ways:
    1. Ask for the name of their company.  Once they provide it, Google it.  If it does not come up on top tell them you’re not interested in doing business with an SEO company that can’t even get their company on the top of the search engine results.  (OUCH!)
    2. Laugh and tell them they are funny because you’re already on the top of the search engine results.
  3. For those asking you to donate money, simply tell them to mail a prospectus and a copy of proof that they are a legal 501.c3.  I am absolutely amazed how often they back off when you ask for either one.
  4. Then there are the scammers who claim to be from Microsoft Desktop Support.  Simple ask them to hold while you connect them with the F.B.I. because you might need their help in figuring out who breached your firewall.     — CLICK

These are just a few ideas.

If you’re really bold, you can take some ideas from Tom Mabe (Warning – the recording has some vulgarity):

About beckwithmansion

Author, artist and photographer D. Brent Walton has some down-to-earth, common-sense tips for improving your business. After a career of 32 years in high-tech, he has moved on to running his own businesses. His book, 25 Things Business Owners Do to Undermine Their Business is available at

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