(quote) Julie-42315 said: I always get plenty of charity requests in the mail. It appears when you give to one, your name gets shared and you hear from so many more. I give to certain ones I like.
Lately, different charities have been calling and it's getting to be a big nuisance! One in particular, a heart association, has been calling frequently and when I answered twice, no one was on the line. On my caller id, they use different phone numbers. They have called early in the am also!
With another charity, the guy started out really smooth, using flattery - saying I had a nice voice. Then he acted like he was my buddy by saying I probably can't afford to give $100, so how about $25. Then he acted like I brought everything on myself. I HAD to stay on the line to talk to someone else so they wouldn't call again. Afterwards, I noticed online that this particular charity isn't registered with the BBB and only 6% of the donations go to the cause.
Is there a good way to stop these calls? Yes I'm on the Do Not Call Registry but charities are exempt from that.
The political calls during election time is another pain. They are also exempt from complying with the DO NOT CALL lists.
I found that having an unlisted number really cuts down on unsolicited calls of all kinds. But some make it through. The down side is that people you might want to hear from can't find you.
Having a caller ID capability at least will identify whose calling in most cases. Does not work on all cases but most of those who call will be identified.
I have a small electronic device attached to the phone that somehow distinguishes robot dialed calls that come to your phone and blocks them. They used to be sold everywhere a few years back. They were less than $25. They work well but still some get through.
Generally speaking, I just hang up on those kind of calls. But there are other strategies you can use. Keep a whistle handy (the kind used by referees at sporting events), when one of those calls comes in, just blow it as loud as possible into the microphone part of the phone.