By donna13 Latest Reply 2010-02-19 07:06:40 -0600
Started 2010-01-30 10:29:09 -0600

The other day I guess I was bored and was surfing the web, looking for info on diabetic groups, etc. I know I had to sign up for some sights in order to get info on them (my first mistake). Well, last night I got a call from someone who asked if I was the person in the household who had diabetes. I got huffy and said that was personal and nobody's business but my own. He said he was trying to help me, I said no thanks. He said I can help you don't hang up. I'm afraid I screamed at him I don't want your help, and slammed the phone down. After I calmed down I realised that he was probably calling from one of the sites I had visited. But I never gave anyone my phone # or even my address, other than I live in IL. I don't think I gave them my real name either, although my phone is listed under another name so that wouldn't have mattered. I am on the do not call list, but I guess they felt it was nullified by my going to these sights. I know I am as technically knowledgable as an earthworm, but how did they get my phone #? I was angry, but also a little scared. I live alone and do not want any stranger to know my address or phone #. Am I the only one perturbed about this?

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ptsparkle 2010-02-12 14:10:48 -0600 Report

How To Deal with Telemarketers
1. If they want to loan you money, tell them you just filed for bankruptcy and you could sure use some money.

2. If they start out with, "How are you today?" say, "I'm so glad you asked, because no one these days seems to care, and I have all these problems; my arthritis is acting up, my eyelashes are sore, my dog just died…"

3. If they say they're John Doe from XYZ Company, ask them to spell their name. Then ask them to spell the company name. Then ask them where it is located, how long it has been in business, how many people work there, how they got into this line of work, are they married?, kids?, etc. Continue asking them personal questions or questions about their company for as long as necessary.

4. Cry out in surprise,"Judy! Is that you? Oh my God! Judy, how have you been?" Hopefully, this will give Judy a few brief moments of terror as she tries to figure out where she could know you from.

5. Say "No", over and over. Be sure to vary the sound of each one, and keep a rhythmic tempo, even as they are trying to speak. This is most fun if you can do it until they hang up.

6. If MCI calls trying to get you to sign up for the Family and Friends Plan, reply, in as SINISTER a voice as you can, "I don't have any friends… would you be my friend?"

7. After the Telemarketer gives their spiel, ask him/her to marry you. When they get all flustered, tell them that you could not just give your credit card number to a complete stranger.

8. Tell the Telemarketer that you work for the same company, they often can't sell to employees.

9. Answer the phone. As soon as you realize it is a Telemarketer, set the receiver down, shout or scream, "Oh No!!!" and then hang up.

10. Tell the Telemarketer you are busy at the moment and ask him/her if he/she will give you his/her HOME phone number so you can call him/her back. When the Telemarketer explains that telemarketers cannot give out their HOME numbers you say "I guess you don't want anyone bothering you at home, right?" The Telemarketer will agree and you say, "Me, either!" Hang up.

11. Ask them to repeat everything they say, several times.

12. Tell them it is dinner time, BUT ask if they would please hold. Put them on your speaker phone while you continue to eat at your leisure. Smack your food loudly and continue with your dinner conversation.

13. Tell the Telemarketer you are on "home incarceration" and ask if they could bring you a pizza.

14. Ask them to fax the information to you, and make up a number.

15. Insist that the caller is really your buddy Leon, playing a joke. "Come on Leon, cut it out! Seriously, Leon, how's your mom?"

16. Tell them you are hard of hearing and that they need to speak up… louder… louder…louder…

17. Tell them to talk VERY SLOWLY, because you want to write EVERY WORD down.

Jim :) :)

dietcherry 2010-02-12 14:30:29 -0600 Report

#4 and #13-funny as all git!!! LOL

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-12 15:27:14 -0600 Report

Oh, Jim!! Are you plagering again, or are you really so brilliant—-it really doesn't matter!!! As your input is so FUNNY, I laughed out loud, and I am tired and just got home, but had to hit on here, to get my daily "comfort" pill!!! Jim. you even warmed up Ks., and brought out the long, lost, SUN!! YEAH!!! haha—Pat R

ptsparkle 2010-02-12 15:41:32 -0600 Report

Glad you have some sunshine in your City today. DARN ! It's only going to get up to about 65* here today. Silly cold streak we are having. he he he he

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2010-02-12 19:16:14 -0600 Report

I'm thinking I'd like to try number 9. Thanks for the giggles, Jim.

Maybe #15, too…

imsuzie2 2010-02-13 04:08:41 -0600 Report

I like 7. I used to work at a Cruise only travel agency in '89, I think it was. The owner was a injury retired cop…with a sense of humor like Jim's. When he was trying to sweet talk a female res agent at a cruise line, he would tel her "If you could do that, I would be your best friend. I'll even have YOUR baby." The res agents love that, him, and usually went out of their way to get him what he needed. Those were fun days!

One day we had the first snow I ever experienced in the San Fernando Valley (or LA for that matter) and he got snowed in! I got to run the office alone that day. That was a great experience. I loved that job and that boss.

imsuzie2 2010-02-13 20:27:53 -0600 Report

I think I was half in love with him. He laid me off and took on a partner who worked my schedule, but the company still folded. I wonder what he is doing now. He did come to visit me at my other travel agency about 6 months later (after Mike and I were on NutraSystem) and he couldn't believe how great I looked. That felt so good. Made me think if I was skinny then, something might have happened. I was so naive…didn't know he "liked" me too.

cc9 2010-02-13 20:34:51 -0600 Report

lol girlfriend. weight is not an issue. you know what they say sexcness is what you exude. confidence, a sense of humour, joyfulness, playfulnes are what guys say they find sexc. you and i are going to hang together. oops forgot you are married :$

imsuzie2 2010-02-13 20:38:37 -0600 Report

Hey, CC, come and visit me and we can hang out. Wish I knew you when we came "down under". We were there about a week and a half. Would you believe my hubby was so "sports deprived" that he learned the rules of CRICKET and watched and spoke cricket in NZ and Australia? The Keewees and Aussies got a big kick out of him. You have a beautiful country.

cc9 2010-02-13 20:51:13 -0600 Report

ow man. would have loved to play hostie. which part did you go to? yeah we have an amazing country. and cricket huh? so you guys were here in summer. do you think your husband would love the rugby union?
i am planning my trip to canada in june this year and am just working out stopovers. so you never know!

imsuzie2 2010-02-13 21:40:28 -0600 Report

We are in Vegas…We started in Melbourne, which felt like Berkeley (a college town near San Francisco). We saw the fairy penguins. Then, I think we went to Cairns. Saw thereef. Then inland to Alice Springs and Ayrs Rock, which did not turn colors (and I got sick from the milk shake and bumpy ride out. Fortunately another bus had a bathroom and let me use it for the runs…the vomiting waited for the hotel,, Thank G-d)…and the fly nets…Stayed at the Intercontental Sydney witha vieww of the harbor…slept on a sleeper sofa (k room had no view) that folded up on us!!! Think there might have been one more city near the outback, but that might just be memories of Crocodile Dundee…LOL. Is there a city Darwin? Thinking aboriginies and huffing gasoline…too long ago to remember. It was in the late 80's. And, I think it was October or November, so yes, your summer, our fall. We never made Canberry.

cc9 2010-02-15 07:42:19 -0600 Report

wow thats many places in a week and a half. there is a city called darwin up north. late 80s, i think i was living in new zealand then.

imsuzie2 2010-02-16 03:51:11 -0600 Report

Went there first. Auckland, someplace Maori thru the sheep and hills by bus (found acupressure wrist bands for nausea). Someplace else then the South Island, the fjords and Christchurch. A sheep farm. Bus ride (5 hrs) to the fjords and by luck, a small plane (45 mins) back to town instead of the bus back down…specular views of waterfalls. Might have seen you without knowing, huh? Where were you in NZ? Do I need to pull out the itinerary for you for the places I missed? Our favorite thing was: in NZ I bought a T-shirt of the map of Australia (made of "flies") and in AZ I bought one that said "Will the last person going to bed, please turn out the light" and it said NZ on it. LOL Love the fun between the 2 countries.

cc9 2010-02-16 07:48:18 -0600 Report

oh yeah. we "hate" each other with a passion. they have more sheep per capita. and we tell horrid jokes about them. EG what is hairy on the outside and green on the inside? a kiwi!!! but really in good fun more like sibling rivalry. the rugby world cup is in new zealand next year and my son and i are planning to go and wear the ozzie colours but will switch to the all blacks colours when we win. :o. i lived in auckland about 5 mins from the city over the harbour bridge.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-17 13:17:59 -0600 Report

Ooohh, makes me want to travel!! MY dad was stationed in Australia during WW2, sent me a Koala bear, stuffed, a Flag ( pennant—)of sorts with Australia written on it etc, I think I also have a few coins from that era too. Maybe I can travel someday, if I have any money left from buying PILLS!! aha-_PR

jayabee52 2010-02-07 14:04:14 -0600 Report

A few years ago I received a marketing call just as we were setting down to supper. I didn't full on yell, but I raised my voice and said "HOW DID YOU KNOW, HOW DID YOU KNOW, WE WERE JUST SITTING DOWN TO SUPPER AND YOU CALL, YOU GUYS ALWAYS CALL JUST WHEN WE'RE SITTING DOWN TO SUPPER. HOW DO YOU GUYS KNOW" He kind of spluttered and said he was sorry and then hung up.

We HAD been getting a lot of those calls, and maybe that was bad of me for messing with his head like that, but it felt kinda good.

Maybe that's why I didn't do so good when I tried telemarketing for about a week a couple years later, LoL!


donna13 2010-02-07 09:04:13 -0600 Report

Yesterday I got proof of how much the web can find out about you. I got a small magazine from Kraft Foods, as a thank you for going on their site. I had signed on a site that touted low carb foods, and found it was sponsored by Kraft. I went back on the site to look for where I might have possibly signed up for this and might had given my name and address. There was one place to click to subscribe to a magazine but it was entirely different than the one I received in the mail. There was no other place I could have signed up for anything. I had talked to my son, who is knowledgable about computers and going on the web, and he assured me it was just a coincidence that I got that phone call so soon after I had gone on some of these sites. So now I can tell him I told you so.

imsuzie2 2010-02-07 02:49:26 -0600 Report

Donna, this was on Wikipedia on Dr Oz…

…"RealAge drug marketing

As The New York Times has explained, Oz is a "spokesman and adviser" for the website,, which the paper has heavily criticized for its pharmaceutical marketing practices. The site solicits medical information from visitors, ostensibly to determine a visitor’s "biological age" and then uses the visitor's medical profile for pharmaceutical marketing purposes. As The Times reporter explained the significance of this fact: "While few people would fill out a detailed questionnaire about their health and hand it over to a drug company looking for suggestions for new medications, that is essentially what RealAge is doing."[8]"

Kira_xo 2010-02-05 03:00:27 -0600 Report

I think you had every right to hang up on him. I hate telemarketing calls. Especially when they call my house one day asking for lets say "John Doe" I tell them, no one by that name lives here" The next day, the SAME company calls again,asking for a different person, who is not me. So once again I tell them you have the wrong number, no one by that name lives here. I figured they got the hint..but no. They call again 6 hours LATER asking for yet ANOTHER PERSON. Finally I got irritated and asked to speak to their supervisor. They wouldnt let me. So I tried to explain to them they needed to stop calling me asking for people who do not live here… To take my number out of their records because it was getting ridiculous. Needless to say, they called again the next day, and I got a much nicer person who I explained everything to (for the second time) who patched me to their supervisor and I told him everything and he said that he would take my number out of their system. Boy was I irritated tho!

My great grandmother used to leave a wooden spoon by the phone. If telemarketers called during supper, shes say "please hold" and then take the spoon and bang on the phone for a good 2 minutes before hanging up on them. Lol. Needless to say we found dinner over there pretty amusing.

A friend of mine will put the telemarketers on hold now. She will answer and then say "Oh one minute" then sit the phone down and go about her business until they hang up.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-05 12:36:40 -0600 Report

Wow, so much good information! One time, in the old days, the Watkins man used to visit, selling his wares, I had our 4 kids HIDE at the foot of a bed, and WAITED until he went away! At that time I had a HARD time saying, No, but wasn't too proud of myself for not having the guts to say NO at the door!! HOWEVER, those who have interacted with traveling salesmen, in person, it is NOT always that easy to get them out of your home! Phone calls I can handle, more easily!

Once my folks were getting anonymous phone calls at all hours, scared them too—-so dad blew his old trumpet in their ears, THAT stopped THAT!! haha—Pat R

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-01 10:03:49 -0600 Report

Telemarketers are human too and are only trying to make a living, and in this economy, I admire for them for even working.

So, putting myself in their shoes, I think—-be polite and courteous as that could be ME making those calls, so I listen long enough to see what they are selling, interrupt at a breath—then say I am not interested, but "You have a great day!" Then hang up quickly. Sometimes I hear a relieved, "thank you" back—-

Then MY BAD days, I just butt in quicker, " I am on my way out the door, Thank you for calling" And I usually am so it isn't lying, then again, sometimes "the door" is the bathroom door, but it is equally compelling! hah—Pat R

Elrond 2010-02-01 04:16:00 -0600 Report

My standard response to telemarketers is: "I never do any kind of business with anyone who calls me unsolicited. The fact that you called me precludes any chance of us ever doing business." I then hang up. But check out that site will put you on a list that makes it a federal offense for a telemarketer to call you.

donna13 2010-02-01 08:40:48 -0600 Report

I am on that list. But I knew a young person who had a summer job as a telemarketer. He said that the sleazebag (his word) he worked for ignored this list. He said he made enought money from the people he called illegally to pay any fine he had to pay if he was caught. I usually am polite to these callers, particularly in this economic crisis, as I feel some of the people making these calls might be desperate, and this is the only job they can get. But I am not sucker enough to listen to them or buy anything from them.

imsuzie2 2010-01-30 21:29:35 -0600 Report

Sometimes instead of getting mad I play with the caller, getting "excited by what they have to offer", and depending on my mood, might say, "just a moment please", and put down the phone and go about my business (talk about handle time…the more calls they get in…) OR a fun one is to yell to no one "honey I think they want to do something for us and I guess they don't even care that we filled for bankruptcy"…and other such stuff. Other times I just say, "no, I am not interested" and hang up. There is always blowing a whistle into the phone, putting it in front of the TV and turning up the volume…just try not to get yourself upset. Things things make me feel like I am in power!

donna13 2010-01-30 22:29:59 -0600 Report

My son was visiting me one time and the phone rang. I looked at the caller ID and said I wasn't going to answer it was just a telemarketer. My son picked it up, listened for a minute, and then said sorry, we must have a bad connection, I can hardly hear you. He kept saying that and finally held the phone out, the man was yelling at the top of his voice can you hear me now. (This is the same son who put his dog on Facebook, who now has 8 friends.)

I think what you missed is that I realized that they got my number from my just clicking on a site, and the call was personal and it scared me, made me think how vulnerable I am. I have dealt with these calls as we all have, and usually treat them civilly. I have no problem getting rid of them. This one was just scary to me.

imsuzie2 2010-02-01 00:33:01 -0600 Report

As I said to Pat, there is nothing to apologize for. A valid fear is your gut or body warning you to be careful. I was trying to add a bit of humor and didn't mean to sound like I was discounting what you were saying. I don't think I ever had a telemarketer Know something that personal about me, and if I got the call, might be scared too. If something calls for a phone # I usually put my cell down, as it is rarely on unless I am out of town. Don't use it at home and can't at work. So, it is on about 15 minutes 3 nites a week when I drive home from work or if I am out shopping or going to docs, or the like.

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2010-02-01 04:02:25 -0600 Report

I had an experience with a telemarketer that wasn't any fun at the time, but, as I look back on it, is one good way to get rid of telemarketers.

My next door neighbor had just shot my cat (who survived, thankfully) and I was waiting for a call from the vet when the phone rang. I picked it up, anxious to hear if the vet was available (it was a Sunday), and it was a telemarketer. When he started his spiel, I screamed, "My neighbor just shot my cat and I'm waiting for the vet to call and I CAN'T TALK TO YOU." He said, uh, ok, and hung up.

Shortest telemarketing call I've ever had! And the cat was fine - that was five years ago and he's still going strong. But I don't speak to my neighbor…he said he thought my black cat was a squirrel. A**hole.

I'll bet the young man from the telemarketing company still remembers that call…

dietcherry 2010-02-01 04:48:17 -0600 Report

Gosh, Pam, I'm glad your kitty survived! :) Nothing makes it OK for someone to shoot a kitty! (Or even a squirrel, for that matter)! Renee :)

Elrond 2010-02-01 05:00:37 -0600 Report

That's right. The only excuse for shooting any animal is food or self defense and I don't see how that could apply to a helpless kitty. I'm especially fond of cats too.

dietcherry 2010-02-01 05:06:01 -0600 Report

Thanks, Elrond. I am an animal advocate and I think we will be judged on how we treat all living things in this life-animal cruelty is especially heinous, to me. I like animals better than I like people sometimes! Renee :)

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2010-02-01 06:16:13 -0600 Report

He still has 9 shotgun pellets in him. He was in casts on two different legs for four months after the dirtbag next door shot him - his front elbow was broken as was a bone in his back leg. But this little guy is a survivor - he's 16 and has lived through being dumped in an animal shelter at 4 weeks, getting shot, beaten up by a raccoon, poisoned by tainted cat food (remember that a few years ago? he nearly died.) At this moment, he's curled up asleep in his basket next to my computer. Talk about your nine lives!

Cats are great, aren't they? Dogs, too. We have both.

donna13 2010-02-01 08:42:24 -0600 Report

When I first read your response, I thought you meant the neighbor had the shotgun pellets in him. lol

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-01 09:54:28 -0600 Report

Oh, my heart aches for lovely animals, even UNlovely ones, to be shot, for any reason!! I am so thankful he survived!! To me, it speaks of YOUR supportive love for him too!!! Without Love, it is hard for anything or anyone to survive!! Hugs, Pat R

imsuzie2 2010-02-03 06:34:15 -0600 Report

Were you able to report him for animal cruelty? It is a crime? Punishment should fit the crime…kitty should've been able to shoot back, with "help"!

I have twin kitty's, Lucy and Ethel, and dog, Onyx.

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2010-02-04 05:06:39 -0600 Report

There was a gun involved, the guy has always been a little scary, so we called the cops. It's against the law to shoot off a gun within the city limits (which we are in, just barely). He came over with the cops, apologized, and agreed to pay the vet bill. According to local law, an animal is considered personal property - and he was liable for the damages.

He paid half - and was rather nasty about it. Kept on shooting his gun off - finally, my best friend and (other) neighbor went and talked to him on behalf of ALL the folk who live up and down our road - all of whom were ready to shoot HIM on my behalf. He didn't quit right away, but finally did. (He particularly liked blasting away at about 2 in the morning.)

Needless to say, he is NOT invited to our neighborhood gatherings. We're small - just a few houses up and down an unimproved two lane road - but we're tight.

I keep praying to see a "For Sale" sign next door…

Oh, and my friend is a conflict mediation specialist - handy to have around!

We have two cats, Face (all black and the victim of the shooting), and Puffin (a little orange guy who showed up at our door), and a black Lab named Dahli. (I should say MOSTLY black Lab. She, too, showed up at our door so who knows?)

imsuzie2 2010-02-04 05:34:08 -0600 Report

We have 2 cats and a dog as well…2 domestic short-hair black twins and a black Lab mix. The Lab is the love of my heart. I started a discussion on Animals stories, but doesn't look like anyone was interested. Oh well.

cc9 2010-02-04 05:53:35 -0600 Report

oh thats horrid. i am glad poor kits survived. damn it i hate it when people abuse animals.

dietcherry 2010-02-04 09:10:24 -0600 Report

We need tougher laws against animal abuse, and slowly but surely, we are getting there. I sold a guy a mobile home once and my set-up crew came back and told me he had showed them cages in the woods on his property where he raised cocks that he sold for fighting. I promptly picked up the phone and called the police. Unfortunately, nothing they could do since the guy wasn't involved in the actual betting and fighting and was selling them over the state line of Virginia. He admitted his intent was raising them for gaming so I was very disappointed that there was nothing he could be held accountable for! :(

imsuzie2 2010-02-05 02:39:47 -0600 Report

You somehow wish one of the roosters would cut him with that razor sharp knife! Like wanting Michael Vick to be put in a cage with a bear, since the pit bulls were probably afraid of him. "An eye for an eye"…

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2010-02-05 04:29:31 -0600 Report

I believe in karma - my next door neighbor will get his. I have to admit, he's one person I hope bad things happen to. I just try to ignore the malice coming from his direction!

MAYS 2010-02-07 03:23:22 -0600 Report

To each his own, but it's a shame that humans care more for animals than they do for other humans !
We go from Diabetes and Diabetes Awareness to
Animal Rights and Animal Protection Awareness !! ?? !!

imsuzie2 2010-02-07 03:38:30 -0600 Report

Did you not see the note that the neighbor shot Renee's kitty? Don't animals have the right not to be shot for nothing? We were offering our concern and our wish that he got his.

dietcherry 2010-02-07 08:01:19 -0600 Report

Thank you, Suzie, for defending me! :) It was actually Pam's kitty that was cruelly shot but I feel just as hurt and angry as if it had been my cat!

To MAYS: I care for any helpless or defenseless living thing that hasn't a voice to speak for itself! This most definitely refers to people as well as animals! There are many animal lovers on this site who may be offended by your disregard for their welfare-I know I am. Renee

donna13 2010-02-07 09:11:04 -0600 Report

To each his own, but I think there is more to all of us here on the site than diabetes. We have lives outside of that, and don't cease to care for others, including animals, just because we have an affliction that can take up a good deal of our attention.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-07 09:22:20 -0600 Report

My saving my Corky from the neighbor man, also saved MY life as we bonded and that special, sweet puppy helped to bring me BACK to reality, she loved and accepted me, in spite of her rough beginnings, so forgiving, more than any human had shown me for YEARS!! I could relax and feel free with her, petting her as she gazed knowlingly into my eyes, trusting me and knowing that I WOULD NOT HARM her!! She is that love of my life, Sorry Jack, but you have been too cruel in words—-Hugs Pat R

dietcherry 2010-02-07 09:43:07 -0600 Report

Pat, my Rufus and Blu are the furry loves of my life, too! I think anyone who has bonded with a animal knows the unconditional love and devotion they give us, and I know this is another of God's gifts to us. I pity anyone who has never known the love of a cherished pet! Renee :) P.S. I am not ashamed of the depth of my feelings for animal rights-no animal has ever lied to me, cheated on me, or stole from me!!!

imsuzie2 2010-02-07 19:27:47 -0600 Report

Since you bring it up, Renee, My Onyx will steal Kleenex out my hand while I am blowing my nose, snatch anything edible within his reach if our backs are turned (even climbed up ON the kitchen to steal a unopened jar of soup), and will tell me he loves me for treats while we are in bed and then jump off of the bed when the treats are gone! And, Ethel will leave me anytime my husband looks at her…so… LOL

Kira_xo 2010-02-08 05:37:15 -0600 Report

I have to agree with everyone else here. I love my animals! I donate to the ASPCA when ever I can. If my husband would allow it, I would take in more than my two kitties. I do donate to ADA when I can, but the ASPCA is an organization I hold very close to my heart.

imsuzie2 2010-02-11 06:04:57 -0600 Report

I speak the truth! Sigh.

My pet animal charity is They have acres and acres in Kanab, UT and are no kill. They rehabilitated the "Vick" pit bulls that could be saved…have all sorts of animals. Check out their site. They are also a model of newer no kill shelters. I was lucky enough to have visited the place a number of years ago. Didn't know I needed to make an appointment for the tour, and one of the volunteers that was done for the day took me by car to visit the "compound". Dogs, cats, horses, birds, cows and sheep, if I remember…more…and burial section, the rainbow something. Wonderful place, can volunteer or adopt or both.

cc9 2010-02-11 07:39:28 -0600 Report

mays, if one shows no compassion for an animal one shows no compassion for his fellow men/womenkind. is it any wonder that one of the markers for a serial killer is animal mutilation? we care for other humans and we also care for animals. and i dont appreciate your comments.

Hinboyz3 2010-01-30 17:33:16 -0600 Report

No one cares if you over reacted you should have, thats your phone and your home. You did the right thing, we all get those kinda calls from the sites like that, even I did, I too got kinda angry.

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2010-01-30 19:26:00 -0600 Report

You have every right to be upset, you did the right thing by hanging up. I also
look for other sites to get information.
But before I sign up on any site I always
read their privacy policy to make sure they will not give my info to another
site or some commercial partner. So check out their policies. Dan

spiritwalker 2010-01-30 16:46:12 -0600 Report

You have every right to be concerned. Do you have caller
I.D.? Are you on the current do not call list? If you signed
up a number of years ago. It expired last December. All
numbers were not renewed unless you registered again.
If you signed up for e-mail information that may be the source of your phone call. Sorry you are having the
problem. A person can never be too careful.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-01-30 17:02:20 -0600 Report

Amen!!! Pr

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-01-30 17:09:14 -0600 Report

Have I told you of the Termite Inspector who offered to carry my groceries inside for me, and I FOOLISHLY let him! He stood beside the fridge as i put things inside, LOOKING at me—UNCOMFORTABLE_—-kept loitering until I pointed out that he had a job, OUTSIDE! He left, only to come back, rang the doorbell to have me fill his water mug! I was scared, but didn't want to be RUDE, (BCS+ before common sense!!) so grabbed up a phone and called my friend who was gone, of course, but kept on TALKING to her, as I opened the door , took his water jug and filled it, "talking all the time—laughing away—shaking inside all of the time——but it worked, he smiled, took his water jug and left! Darn it!!

Later I received a call from his headquarters asking if I had had any problems with him and I said "No nothing that I couldn't handle! " Then hung up—frankly MAD IF they had even a suspision that he might be offensive to even an elderly woman! The very idea!! Sigh—~~PR

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-01-31 01:17:08 -0600 Report

I never thought of that angle, but he never returned for any more inspections, others came and went once a mo.,we finally dropped the service, too expensive and it is a relief not to look out and unexpectedly see a man's head go by—-startling—-rather have termites, well NOT really—but—-PR

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-01-31 01:18:15 -0600 Report

I try to LAUGH thru nerve shattering episodes, after being attacked when I was 12 yrs. maybe try TOO hard to be nonchalant! NOT PR

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-01-30 11:32:19 -0600 Report

Yes, you had the RIGHT to be upset, for some stranger to call you, HOW DID HE GET MY PHONE NO?? Would sure have popped into my head, and then we hear of identity theft so often, and I too, am not that knowledgeable with computers etc, and it NOT KNOWING does scare those of us who don't know—but that is nothing to be ashamed of. We have that right to protect ourselves, and sometimes, it does get scary.

I too have wandered the internet, innocently looking for appropriate information, was looking for Sweets/ Diabeitcs, and on my regular e-mail (private —I thought) there came this notice of Sweet Call girls or such, over which really shocked me—Good Grief, what have I started!! But at least it was just on the PC and I hit Delete!! Good Luck in your own learning preocess!! Hugs, Pat R

dietcherry 2010-01-30 11:02:12 -0600 Report

Who cares if you overreacted-you have every right to be suspicious of any man calling your home offering help with your diabetes. The very nature of his words could be construed as intrusive. I live alone, too, so I am always on guard of any stranger calling my home regardless of what is being said. You can't be too careful! That being said, I think it is related to a site you visited; our information is bought and sold everyday and diabetics are the biggest cash cow around for the medical/health industry. I have received unsolicited calls and mail from so many companies wanting to sell me something related to my health condition that I have lost track! Get caller ID if you don't already have it and just screen your calls. A man's voice or the digital voice that comes with the answering machine set as the outgoing message is a great deterrent for predators who are looking for women who live alone! Renee :)

donna13 2010-01-30 11:07:58 -0600 Report

I have caller ID, and have a ring tone especially for my kids and another for my siblings. I quite often don't answer if it is a regular ring. I can see later if it was important. But this time I did answer. Usually I am at least civil to these cold calls, just firm in telling them I'm not interested. I do hang up regularly on them. though. I guess this one scared me because of how personal it was.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-07 13:32:15 -0600 Report

I have HEARD that your instincts are usually RIGHT, so something in yOU hollered—danger—do NOT ignore that inner voice as it is usually right!! Hugs, Pat R

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