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    Is Patricia There?

    Have you gotten these calls? I've gotten quite a few over the years. they just called today. Someone calls and says "Is Patricia there?" When you say "No", they then say "Well maybe you can help me"........and they're wanting a donation. When he called today and asked, I just said "Now you know she isn't!!" and hung up and blocked the number (which won't matter because they have millions of other numbers.)

    I need to think of something better to say.......like "Yes, she's here, just a minute", and get my air horn and let it rip into the mouth piece. haha Or......say "yes, I'll get her"........and leave the phone on the table and go away.

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    That is a new approach to hear about. Amazing what is tried.
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    I always request that our number be removed from their list. I actually feel that helps - at least a little.
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    A few years ago someone named David used my phone number to sign up for a survey service. I am still getting calls and texts for him, argh. Sometimes you can get removed but it is always different numbers. Same with the time I was comparing health insurance plans, I have been getting calls for 3 years! Patricia is a new one for me.

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    I've simply stopped answering the phone if I don't recognize the number and am not immediately expecting an unknown number (for example, if I'm waiting for the plumber to call me with an ETA for my visit -- and, even then, (s)he'd better have a local area code and a real number).

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    I read that a growing portion of these calls are not voices of actual humans. Robots so to speak.

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    The air horn won't work as the phone system eliminates highs and lows now. (talked to a LEO friend who said shots sound like knocks on a table)
    Do the table trick.

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    Steve I also do that, I got caught up for awhile when I was looking for a job. I answered all the calls then. I can go back to ignoring,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoe Girl View Post
    Steve I also do that, I got caught up for awhile when I was looking for a job. I answered all the calls then. I can go back to ignoring,
    oh I'd only ever answer calls maybe less than half the time, if I was feeling adventurous, when looking for work. From having my resume on job boards, I got several ridiculous job spam calls a day (and I don't mean anything that ever would lead to anything real, bad recruiters were just calling anyone with a keyword in their resume and throwing resumes randomly all over the place) that answering the phone was ridiculous. If they were serious (and even if they weren't) they could leave a message I figured - anyone serious and more than half of the spam calls did and at least I avoided wasting time.
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    Our answering machine is always on, we NEVER pick up unless we know who it is. It saves time and energy.

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