Re: Nuisance calls are a plague
> "!ve set the answering machine to automatically answer all calls on two rings saying "Hello, all calls are screened for nuisance callers....."
> ... Most telephone sales people hang up as soon as they hear the answering machine
Most autodiallers will determine it's an answering machine (humans say "hello" or other greeting, then wait), so the odds are pretty good that the telesales dweebs never heard your message.
If you'd like to waste their time a little, make the start of the message sound like a human answering and leave the message part 10-15 seconds into the call.
The interesting thing (for me) is that when I moved away from BT to TT, I dumped the old number, made sure it was ex-directory and registered it with TPS. It only started getting calls after Experian got hold of it and started selling it.
Because TT wouldn't change the number because of nusiance calls, I dumped _that_ number when I changed provider again (people do it on mobiles. i don't see why we get so attached to landline numbers) and did the same again. I _also_ picked up a 070 number for £12/year (the last 5 digits spell FUCK-U as a clue to anyone with half a brain) and give that to businesses or anyone else untrustworthy.
If they want to pay £1.50 to call me then they're welcome to do so (I don't get any revenue and when I explained to the telco why I wanted them to charge the max rate anyway, they went along with it) So far that number's had a few sales calls. I had one guy talking for 15 minutes before letting slip how much the call was costing him..... <mwa ha haaaa>