Up to now, unwanted calls refer to all unexpected calls like scam calls, spam calls, robocalls, telemarketing calls, etc. Both annoying and risky, all such unwanted calls may bring about losses on privacy or money. Hanging up alone fails to guarantee that you won’t receive such calls and some funny tricks work.
Hanging up isn’t the best solution to stopping unwanted calls.
As an increasing number of unwanted calls has been seen, it’s not difficult to identify them the moment they’re received. Perhaps eye rolls are always accompanied by such calls getting through and next comes the hanging up. However, that is not the best solution if you really expect not to receive any calls from them.
One of my friends, Lisa, told me about her actual experience as a telemarketer intern. “When I was in grad school, one of my part-time jobs was as a telemarketer. Here are a few of the things we were told during training,” she said.
“First of all, if the person on the other end lets you continue with your pitch after you have identified who you are and why you’re calling, keep going until you make the sale. If they didn’t stop the conversation before it ends, it means that some part of their mind is interested in what you’re selling. The one and the ONLY way to get us to stop calling someone are if they tell us to stop or to take them off our list, or something just as direct. If you simply hang up, the caller who is working the next shift will just call you back. The computer just puts your number back in the queue.”
Therefore, it does not work at all as you hang up a scam/spam call. Even though you can stop a call this time, what about the next time? Next number? Next scammer? Countlessly!
Funny Tricks to Stop Receiving Unwanted Calls
Although some solutions are always provided to you everywhere online like Do Not Call Registry or a third-party blocker app like RealCall, why do you keep so serious all the time? Sometimes, some smiles and tricks may help you easily solve problems.
Trick#1. Use noise to irritate the callers.
Once a call has been confirmed as being unwanted, what you need to do next is to leave your phone unattended and do something quite noisy like washing, hoovering, or just tapping a metal pot. The noise generation indirectly tells the other end their calls aren’t welcome there and will stop the other party from calling you again.
Trick#2. Back-market your business.
When confronted with robocalls or telemarketing calls aiming to sell their products and services, don’t consider escaping. However, it might be a funny idea to market your own business. You can play a role as a telemarketer to market your products or services so that the other party has no opportunity to sell their own. Whenever there’s no hope, the call will be automatically ended.
Trick#3. Pretend to be interested in their “call traps”.
Interview them to pretend to be interested in their products and make a note about each detail about their company and products like company name, employee ID, etc. The information can be used as evidence to provide to the police if you call 911. If not, their time can be wasted as well.
Trick#4. (Top trick) Use a recorded voicemail to frighten the other part away.
This trick comes from a TikToker called 1roy_jr and his video clip wins more than 9 million views. In his video below, he used his deep-toned voicemail to pretend he was someone from the CIA and the other automatically hung up. The comments below his video are so hot that almost everyone wants such a voicemail from him since it’s believed to be useful to stop unwanted calls.
Some Funny Things to Say to a Spam Caller
- “Is your refrigerator running? Because if it is, you’d better go catch it!”
- “Is this the Krusty Krab? No? Well then, you’ve got the wrong number, pal!”
- “I’m sorry, but I don’t have any spare change to give to your telemarketing scam. Can I offer you a heartfelt ‘no’ instead?”
- “I’m sorry, but I don’t speak spam. Could you please speak in a language that I understand, like English or gibberish?”
- “I’m sorry, but you’ve reached the Department of Redundancy Department. We’re all out of whatever it is you’re selling.”
- “I’m sorry, but I’m not interested in whatever it is you’re selling. I already have one of those and it’s called a conscience.”
- “I’m sorry, but I can’t talk right now. I’m busy trying to win the ‘Most Annoying Telemarketer’ award.”
- “I’m sorry, but I can’t talk right now. I’m in the middle of a very important staring contest with my cat.”
- “I’m sorry, but I can’t talk right now. I’m too busy trying to invent a time machine so I can go back in time and stop you from calling me.”
- “I’m sorry, but I can’t talk right now. I’m in the middle of a staring contest with my cat and I don’t want to break my concentration.”
Never too late to terminate unwanted callers.
If you have no interest or time to deal with scammers with the above funny tricks, using a third-party blocker app is the best way to protect against privacy leaks and economic losses via calls with the following features:
- Automatic blocking without any further steps;
- Both fraud calls and SMS messages blocking;
- Customized blocking features with calls from banks or hospitals unfiltered;
- Answer Bots to fool telemarketers, scammers, etc.;
- Constantly-upgraded database with call numbers labeled with scam or spam.