Here's something I found on junkbusters.com (try using the web proxy, it's
Every time you get call you consider junk, just ask the questions in this
script. If they answer no, you may be able to sue them. You can print copies
of it to keep by every phone at home. If everyone follows it, the junk calls
will slowly but surely drop off.
``Are you calling to sell something?'' (or ``is this a telemarketing
``Could you tell me your full name please?'' $
``And a phone number, area code first?'' $
``What's the name of the organization you're calling for?'' $
``Does that organization keep a list of numbers it's been asked not to
``I would like my number(s) put on that list. Can you take care of that
``And does the company you work for also make telemarketing calls for any
other organizations?'' (If they answer no, skip the next question.)
(If yes) ``Can you make sure your company won't call me for any other
You may need to ask to speak with a supervisor if they sound lost. When
you're ready to let them off, you might close with ``Is it clear that I
never want telemarketing calls from anyone?'' and just say goodbye. If you
feel like making them pay, keep going:
``Will your company keep my number on its do-not-call list for at least ten
``And does your company have a written policy that says that on paper?'' $
``Can you send me a copy of it?'' $
``What's your supervisor's first and last name?''
``What's your employer's business name, address and main telephone number?''
``Are you calling for a tax-exempt nonprofit organization?''
``Is this call based on a previously established business relationship?''
Before hanging up, check you have all their answers written down, then say
goodbye. Add the date and time to your record. (Is it between 8 a.m. and 9
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dave Burke [mailto:dave at compsoc.com]
> isn't it bad enough when you get spam, but how about when the spammer
> actually rings you! man that annoys me!
>> One of my domains still has my old mobile number listed on
> it, and that's forwarding to my new mobile number. I just got a call from
> some foreign women, who kept trying to get me to confirm my whois details.
> As soon as I asked who this was she hung up!
>> Has anyone else been rung before ? Will I start getting
> spammed with SMS's now or just more emails ?
>> How do these people sleep at night? (murphys law: prob on a
> pile of money)
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