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How I Get Rid of Spam Callers...

I work out of my "home office"... almost all the time.  I don't know if it's just me.. but when I get a "spam phone call" at home... I get a little resentful of having my privacy invaded.

Sooo... let me share with you how I have handled the last few home spam calls.  It's a method that seems to have worked... so you may want to borrow it... or not.

                    Spam Caller:  Ring Ring...

                    Me:  <in a very old, crotchety, gently mind-numbing voice... I answer and say>  Hello ?

                    Spam Caller:  Yes... Mrs Stone... I'm calling from Blah Blah Airlines.  You have just won a free trip to...

                    Me:  <using the same voice>  Barbara... Barbara... is that you ?

                    Spam Caller:  No, Ma'am... it's not Barbara... I'm calling from...

                    Me:  <Before she finishes, I say>  Barbara... is my prescription ready ?

                    Spam Caller:  Ma'am... I'm not calling about a prescription.  You've won a free trip to...

                    Me:  Is this the lady from the pharmacy ?  Is my prescription ready ?

                    Spam Caller:  Ma'am... you have a nice day, now... bye bye...

And that's it.  The Spam Caller disappears !

It is very rare that the same person ever calls me again.  And if they do... they get the same elderly craggily voice asking if it's Barbara with my prescription.

It appears to work on just about everybody.  Free trips, health club memberships, dating services, whatever...

I don't know if you are silly enough to do something like this... but if you are... you just might drastically cut down on the Spam Calls you receive.. and give you some silly fun while doing it.  <impish grin>

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Comment balloon 136 commentsKaren Anne Stone • March 27 2012 02:20PM

Comments

That is a brilliant idea Karen Anne. Kind of like dealing with them like you are crazy or can't hear what they are saying. They just know they can't make sense of YOU. ha ha. Good job.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 5 years ago

Too funny Karen.   Maybe next time I won't be so quick to hang up on them.

Posted by Jim Patton, Realtor - Stanislaus & Merced county Realtor. (Century 21 M&M - 209-404-0816) about 5 years ago

Nice, Karen! I wish I could hear that:) Very good idea and I'm sure it works very, very well.:)

Posted by Joanna Szwyd (StoneHouse Properties) about 5 years ago

LOL, Karen Anne. Now, that's a great sense of humor. I will need to practice up on my scripts to get this one down. It seemed to have worked very well for you.

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com) about 5 years ago

I L♥VE it * although I don't have my home phone plugged in because I do not want political robocalls, I do get them on my office phone...I'm gonna use it!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) about 5 years ago

Karen Anne- Thanks for the laugh! I will have to try this method haha.

Posted by Elizabeth Straessle, MRP, ~Military Spouse~ AllAmericanHomeSourceRealty.co (All American Home Source Realty, LLC) about 5 years ago

Gary:  What do you mean "like I am crazy ?"  Of course I am crazy.  I'm a Realtor.

Jim:  Depending on your mood, have some fun with them.  Are you silly enough to do it ?

Joanna:  It does work quite well.  If I could figure out how to put a "sound track" in my post... maybe I'd let you hear how it might go.  Even funnier if you can hear it, I am sure.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 5 years ago

Perfect.  I'll remember the trick.  Usually I just tell them they are violating the Do Not Call Rules and I've got their number captured.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 5 years ago

Jerry:  It's either a great sense of humor, or maybe I am just more than a little "punch drunk" from being a Realtor for so long.  Couold go either way.

Wallace:  Yeah, I love it, as well.  Sometimes the reaction of the caller is so "perfect"... I can barely keep from laughing.  I think you would be great at it.  Try it, and come back and comment to us how it went... ok ?

Elizabeth:  You are very welcome.  I have to get my fun wherever I can, these days.  Try it, and tell us how it worked.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 5 years ago

I like it.  I will have to give that a shot and see how it works.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 5 years ago

Karen Anne, have you tried this on companies trying to sell you leads? Or do you just hang up on them?

Posted by Tammie White, Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN ((615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com) about 5 years ago

I'm still laughing Karen Anne!  I can hear you know - love it.  On ocassion I'll answer in another language - that usually throws them off and it's kind of fun for me!  If they're really driving us nuts on any given day then we'll lift up the handle and just put it back down.  We've got this super duped up phone system that sometimes get hung up on line one if we don't answer (and nobody knows how to fix the darn thing) so we just learned to work around the spammers!!!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) about 5 years ago

Karen Anne, I can't wait until I get a spammer now!  Can't wait.  I'm going to print this and tape it to the wall next to the telephone.

Posted by Mona Gersky, GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate. (MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC) about 5 years ago

Well know I can REALLY HEAR YOU KAREN ANNE!  You crack me up!  Hey everybody Karen Anne just called me and at first I didn't undertand what the caller way saying. I was trying to be polite....and then I knew it was her asking for her presciptions.  Still laughing!!!  You made my afternoon:)  Barabara will be delivering all your meds to the frige under the bridge by 6, ok?  That soon enough?

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) about 5 years ago

Cindy:  Oh, you're no fun.  But hey... if that stuff about the Do Not Call Rules works... keep it up.  What I don't like about doing it that way, though, is it gets adversarial... and what I do just ends up sounding like an old time Abbott and Costello comedy routine.

Tammy:  Yes... give it a try.  Depending on your mood, it can be fun... and I have found that it really does work.

Tammie:  Absolutely YES... I have done it on those darn lead-selling companies.  One from Washington State, and one from Montana, I believe.  Lots of fun.  You should hear how frustrated their voices sound trying to get me to understand... LOL.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 5 years ago

Anna:  Oh, the things I do when I am bored... or... to get "even" with someone... like these Spam Callers.  LOL.  Ya just never know what's going to happen until the phone rings.  Try it... I dare ya !

Mona:  Yes... you need to try this.  But... you lucky girl, you.  You can "role play" with Leslie, and then take turns with the Spam Calls.  Just make sure it isn't an incoming Listinng call... LOL.

Anna #2:  When I saw your comment, I just HAD to call you.  And wow... when I went into my "Barbara, is that you" routine... all I heard was silence.  I guess my voice impersonation was fairly good, huh ?

And yes... Barbara delivering my meds by 6PM will do just fine.  Thanks so much.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 5 years ago

I am soooo trying this. Of course, the last few spam callers I've had spoke English so poorly that I could barely understand them. By the time I said "Excuse me? I didn't understand a word you just said" three or four times, they pretty much gave up on me anyway.

Gretchen

Posted by Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs (Kelly Right Real Estate) about 5 years ago

Got to love it Karen Anne!  I'm not sure if I can pull it off, but I'm willing to give it a try!

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Agent (HomeSmart Realty Group) about 5 years ago

You are too much, and I love it. When we still had a land line, my husband was always getting calls for a new credit card or magazine subscription. I got tired of it and finally started telling the marketers that he was dead. I'm not sure what kind of a list he got put on after that, but we haven't suffered any negative repercussions from it.

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) about 5 years ago

Karen Anne - that is a hoot!  You should win an Academy Award for that one:)

Posted by Pam Miller, Broker Associate - Pearland/Friendswood (Realty Associates) about 5 years ago

Love it, great approach to get them off quick!!!!

Posted by Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula, Realty Works Temecula (Realty Works Temecula) about 5 years ago

Now, how funny is that? At least I know what to expect if I ever call your house.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Broker Associate, Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!") about 5 years ago

Karen

That's a great way to respond to a spam caller, I will try it starting with the next junk call.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 5 years ago

Karen~ My girls and I are vegetarians.. When these people call and ask for ANYTHING.. we always say... BUT ... i'm a vegetarian.. I can't tell you how that rocks their ability to say anything else after that ! IT has been good for laughs! 

Posted by Janis Borgueta, LIC RE Salesperson - Hudson Valley Homes for Sale (Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ) about 5 years ago

Well there are certainly some creative individuals here with a great sense of humor!  love it!

Posted by Kathy Sheehan, Senior Loan Officer (Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021) about 5 years ago

Absolutely brilliant, Karen Anne!  Once again, you're my hero ...

Gene

Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) about 5 years ago

I love it Karen, I truly do. I wonder if it would work when Leadrouter calls my office about a new zip code. Naw, just don't answer 206 area code.

Posted by John M. Scott, Broker / Owner San Francisco Bay Area (BRE # 01442690, Scott Keys Properties) about 5 years ago

Karen, Funny lady.

You could also do a reverse cold call and ask them if they are ready to buy a house or if they know anyone who does. I always enter the calls in my phone as "spam" and never answer them again.

Margaret

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 5 years ago

Oh I love this! Now if I can just remember to answer the phone next time instead of letting my machine chase them off.

Posted by Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) about 5 years ago

Hi Karen, This is good humor, and something I'm looking forward to trying on some well deserving phone spammer.

Have an AWESOME evening!

Posted by Michael S. Bolton, MN Appraiser (Michael S. Bolton,Inc.) about 5 years ago

I love this, Karen.  I need to hone my acting skills to sound convincing.  This is funny.

Posted by Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market (Home Jane Realty) about 5 years ago
Too funny!! And now, maybe for the first time ever, I'm eager to get one of those calls so I can try this. :)
Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA (Managing Broker - City Realty Inc) about 5 years ago

Karen Anne,

Thanks so much for the evening laugh....you're so funny. I'm going to try that next time a spammer calls.

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith (Your Choice Realty Corporation, Brokerage) about 5 years ago

Funny. I always answer the phone and immediately interupt and say, "excuse me, I'm in debt reduction".... can't tell you how often they hang up on me.

Posted by Lindsey Hasford, Bringing you home... (Edina Realty) about 5 years ago

I need to remember this for my next call. As usual you have me in tears.

Posted by Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona (Leolinda Realty) about 5 years ago

Karen Anne - I wouldn't have the ability to act as you have (from your description). I would laugh. So, I do it ina simple way.

-Thanks, not interested, please remove me from your list, Do you promise it to me,

and I demand that they promise

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) about 5 years ago

Hi Karen Anne, thank you for the laugh and little life lesson.  And it looks AR got rid of some SPAM on this post - I see comment #31 is deleted.  Best of success to you this year!

Posted by Jordon Wheeler, J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service (The Jordon Wheeler Group) about 5 years ago

Actually, Jordon... if you will look more closely, both Michael and Jane's comments are marked #30... and then Active Rain jumped right over #31.  No spam.  Nothing has been deleted.

For some reason, over the last two weeks... Active Rain has forgotten how to COUNT.

It is most noticeable sometimes in the first bunch of comments on a post... when the numbers jump around all over the place skipping numbers, jumbling the order, having the times out of sequence... and other stuff.

Just one more result of them FIXING something that wasn't broken, and in doing so... creating new screw-ups that they don't see, and that we have to chase down for months afterward.  GRRR.

ALSO... I just looked at all the numbers, and there are also TWO #14's, and then it jumps to #16.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 5 years ago

Good morning Karen Anne. What a fabulous and fun idea. I will definitely try it. I'm laughing just thinking about it. I have thought about you and am wondering if you decided to save another cat, or at least foster.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 5 years ago

Karen Anne -  You're too good to be true!  I love it and I'll have to be the ole grump man looking for the cable repair guy next spam call I get ... still smiling!

Posted by John McCormack, AlbuquerqueHomes.com, Albuquerque Homes Realty (Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com) about 5 years ago

Too funny, Karen Anne. I once had a website vendor call and ask if I would like to sell more houses. I told her no and she was so dumbfounded she thanked me and hung up. I haven't heard from her either.

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) about 5 years ago

That's hilarious.  You'd probably also appreciate the one when phone companies used to call to get you to switch long distance companies.  "I'm sorry.  I don't have a phone."

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) about 5 years ago

My Favorite is to interrupt and ask them to hold for a minute. Then I just lay the phone down. They usually just disappear. I then program the phone number into the phone to block the number. Done. I have about 50 numbers blocked and the spam calls have been cut down to about 1 or 2 a week. Longer lasting solution. 

Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) about 5 years ago

Thanks for the laugh, Karen Anne --- whenever I think of telemarketing phone calls, I am always reminded of that classic Seinfeld episode and his response to asking for the telemarketer's home telephone number so he could call him back  --- "what you don't like to be called at home?  Now, you know how I feel!"

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 5 years ago

Karen Anne -- You are just too funny. That's like a reverse prank call! I don't think I could keep a straight face - or voice -- trying something like that.  I would love to see you handle that in action!

Posted by Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale (RealtyQuest, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate) about 5 years ago

Oh cool. I'm glad this got featured.  I thought it was so funny when I read it yesterday and I suggested...but then I got kicked off the internet and couldn't comment.  Oh, and love Michael Jacobs comment.  I will never forget that from Seinfeld.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 5 years ago

I love it Karen Anne.  The other one I'll use is to say, I'd love to hear what you have to say, can you hold for just a minute?  Then, I set the phone down and walk away until I hear that buzz tone indicating they finally hung up.  

Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) about 5 years ago

Debbie in #45:  Thanks for hitting the suggest button on this.  As far as I know... this JUST got featured.  The voice I use when doing this... is my elderly Nun voice.  I also use it to play Sister Mary Holywater... be she is a little more demanding than when I use the voice for Spam calls.  In the Spam calls... it is a much more "tired, disoriented woman who may not even remember what day it is" voice.

I turned 68 recently, and when ya get this old, at least for me... I end up having to amuse myself... as I live alone.  Most times I try it, it works.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 5 years ago

fun... if I have the time, I love to play with telemarketers, too.  This is a good one.

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) about 5 years ago

Although I find your solution to be funny, I would like to state that we are also in the profession that might do some cold calling as well. So my solution is to be honest and simple, like what Jon point out:

"Thanks, not interested, please remove me from your list. good bye."

 

Posted by Satar Naghshineh (Satar - Amiri Property and Financial Services Corp.) about 5 years ago

Ha ha ha ha ha...you crack me up!  I have on occasions done something simliar like that, however, never stayed on the phone quite as long...I wonder what the person on the other side of the phone of thinking:)

Posted by Cheryl Thomson, REALTOR, U.S Army-Veteran, Real Estate in Northern Virginia (Jobin Realty (703.216.5635) cheryltee47@gmail.com) about 5 years ago

Ms Karen- you are indeed a hoot and a holler.  I love it!  I look at it this way... they've interrupted my day and many times won't take a polite "thank you, I'm not interested", so why not make it a little bit of a pain for them as well.  No one says you can't have fun at work...even if in your "home office."

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 5 years ago

Hi Karen Ann,  Took awhile to stop laughing and thank you for a fun post !  

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) about 5 years ago

Satar in #50:  Although I respect your opinion, if my only option for finding clients was "cold-calling"... I would quit the business.  Cold-calling... is an uninvited invasion of MY privacy... and I very much resent it.  In my opinion, it is SPAM.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 5 years ago

Hi Karen. I agree the unwanted sales calls are annoying. This sounds like it's a fun idea. The fact that it works is a bonus!
Thanks for sharing. I'm definitely going to give it a try!
Bruce

 

Posted by Bruce Kunz, REALTOR®, Howell NJ Homes for Sale (C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100) about 5 years ago

Karen Anne that is just too darned funny.  I am nearly in stitches.  Before asking if I could pull it off, I would have thought the answer would be yes.  Now I just don't know.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) about 5 years ago

Karen Anne - priceless! I would love to be able to use this but I do not have a land line at home, only computer set up so I get all my business calls forwarded to my cell.  Darn!  This is just toooo funny!  Congrats on the feature!

Posted by Barbara Hensley, Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas (RE/MAX Properties) about 5 years ago

Karen Anne ~ you certainly do have a great sense of humor!  I can only imagine the face of the caller on the other end!  Just make sure it isn't a client calling before you jump into your act!

Posted by Dawn A Fabiszak, The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience! (Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado) about 5 years ago

OMG, funny.  I could have used this with the Zillow guy this morning. 

Posted by Jeanne Gregory (RE/MAX Southwest) about 5 years ago

How funny.  I want to call you just to hear the voice.  I may just do that.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury) about 5 years ago

Haha, I'm going to call you pretending to be a telemarketer just so I can record that.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) about 5 years ago

She just called me and I am still smiling at hearing the craggily voice!  Thanks Karen you made my day!  :)

Posted by Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury) about 5 years ago

Gretchen in #17:  Yes... you need to try it.  If I knew how to include audio in this post, I would.  As far as not understanding spam callers calling you... they might have been calling from the Philippines or Bangalore, India... where many offshore call centers are.  I hate that, and when I myself am calling for customer service, and get an offshore person... I demand my call be transferred to the US.  They stole someone's job... darn it.

Donna in #18:  Sure you can do it.  Just pretend it's Halloween... and imagine you are the Wicked Witch of the West.  Sometimes I do that.

Debbie in #19:  Oh, my dear... your poor husband died.  Well... say hello to him, for me.  The poor guy.  Actually, did he die, or just get "disconnected?"  There was a time when I had my land line in Mollie T's name.  That was fun, as well... especially when the dating services cold-called and asked for Ms Cat.

Pam in #20:  It's just fun... depending on my mood.  What I may do, is try and find my Nun's costume, and start doing videos dressed as Sister Mary Holywater.  Whadya think ?

Jane in #21:  Get them off quick ?  Some of them are so much fun toying with... it can be better than cable.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 5 years ago

Hey Karen, will this work for computer generated calls as well? ;)  Perhaps they are for practice!

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 5 years ago

LOVE this!  I'll have to try that the next time the "super google" people call.  I can't stand them!

Posted by Didi Doolittle, Vail, CO Realtor 970.232.8225 (Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate, Eagle Office) about 5 years ago

Jill in #22:  Well, if I don't recognize the incoming number... you just MIGHT get that crochet'y voice.  One of these days I actually AM going to get someone named "Barbara" calling, and they are really going to wonder how I know their name... LOL.

Lou in #23:  I think we need a video of you answering a Spam Call that way.  It would be a good way to lighten up your image... LOL.

Janis in #24:  Some of them may be so dumb that they may think that a vegetarian is a member of some religious faith.  If I knew enough about Vegetarianism, I might use my same elderly voice on them, and start asking them questions about the danger of eating red meat.  That might chase them away pretty quickly, as well.

Kathy in #25:  We have some creative folks here on Active Rain, and some pretty crazy ones, as well.  And sometimes... some of them... myself included... are both.  Glad you enjoyed it.

Gene in #26:  Glad you enjoyed it.  But... watch it buddy, this works just as well on out-of-state lender's call centers (in San Salvador) calling about doing my re-fi for me.  They have trouble with English to begin with, and then end up talking to a nut-case like me.  I am sure you can imagine how THOSE calls go.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 5 years ago

John in #27:  Oh, you're no fun.  Once in awhile you just might want to answer that 206 area code call... just for spite.  I am waiting for Market Leader to call me.  Wonder what they'll think.

Margaret in #28:  I would love to do that, and have tried, but SO many of those numbers are programmed to not take incoming calls.  Sometimes I DO ask them for THEIR personal home numbers.  They refuse, I ask why, they tell me they don't want to be called at home, and then... well... it goes downhill from there.  Just going into my "Oh Barbara, is that you ?" routine requires less energy, and is much more fun.

Marte in #29:  It can be good entertainment.  Sometimes I am easily amused.  Sometimes it is impossible to amuse me.  Maybe I should try it some night after a glass of wine or two.

Michael in #30:  You should do a video of you doing that on an incoming Spam Call... and then write a post about it.  And yes, they ARE well-deserving of this silly'ness... I do agree.  And you, have a SUPER evening as well.

Jane in #31:  I can see it in your eyes... looking at your photo.  You DO have a talent for this.  I mean... so close to Hollywood.  Who knows, you might end up with a second career doing voice-overs.  Glad you enjoyed it.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 5 years ago

Nancy in #32:  See... it's so easy to have a positive attitude about these dumb calls... once you find the right motivation.  Try it... and let us know how it goes.

Jo-Anne in #33:  You are so very welcome.  Humour is a good thing.  If you know French, you might try going into the routine in French.  I can hear it now.  French baby-talk with a senile-crotchety voice.  How fun !

Lindsey in #34:  Perhaps that "debt reduction" method is best for you.  I can just hear it now if you tried my crotchety-voiced "Barbara" scenario, and your boys picked it up, and started answering the phone with their version of that voice EVERY time the phone rang.  We want video !

Leolinda in #35:  Ohhh... so sorry for the tears, but they are "fun" tears.  Hope your mascara didn't run on you.  But... in your retirement communities that you work... I am sure you have heard versions of this voice many times... so you have some different models to follow.  Again... if you do it, we want videos.

Jon in #36:  I am SURE that you have many unexplored talents that you can come up with.  But yes, it might be really hard for you to keep from laughing.  Perhaps after a glass or two of wine. Or... try it on Inna the next time she calls... LOL.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 5 years ago

Sheila in #39:  You really DO need to try this.  Real estate is too stressful not to have an outlet for this.  Or... you could just pretend you are a female version of your grumpy Governor.  That could work quite nicely, I am sure.

John in #39:  You can DO this.  Just grab one of those cookies from Sweet Treats, and a glass of wine, and you'll be all set the next time the cable guy spammer calls.  Now, I KNOW you can do video... so we need to see that when you pull it off.   And, thanks so much for your very kind words.

Teral in #41:  Yeah, I've had some of those website guys call and ask the same thing, and of course, I said no, as well.  Then I started pushing HIM about taking my excess-buyer referrals, and paying me up front for them.  He hung up... LOL.

Chris Ann in #42:  That sounds like so much fun.  I am thinking that doesn't happen much any more, with many folks dropping their land lines.  I would love to hear you go through that "I don't have a phone" scenario with those Spam Callers.  The real fun for me... is when I say something really goofy... and all I get is "silence" back... as they try and think of what to say next.  They can be fun to play with.  And, as you may have guessed, I must not have much of a life to amuse myself like this.  :)

Michael in #44:  You know, I NEVER watched Seinfeld.  I tried to get through several episodes, but the only thing I thought was funny was that Soup Nazi guy.  Loved Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, but that was it.

Anyway... I have done that "give me your home number" stuff.  I never know it was also on a Seinfeld show.  That darn guy stole it from me... LOL.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 5 years ago

I've been having a problem with a rash of robo-dialed calls from the same place.  I have actually pressed the button to get a representative, but when I begin to tell them that I'm on the "Do not Call" list, they hang up.  But come the next morning I get the same call.  I can't seem to get enough information from them to report them.  And these robo-calls seem to be coming from a litany of numbers.  They always say, "This is Ella, and I know you want to reduce your credit card interest rate to 4.2%. . .blah, blah, blah!"  They are driving me nutz!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 5 years ago

Karen Anne, I love it.  I wonder if I could pull of a crothchety old woman voice?  Hey, it's worth a try.  8-)

Posted by Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) about 5 years ago

Very funny Karen Anne, I rarely get real people or free trips. I get robots, from AT&T and Verizon. I get a lot of charities (I'm nice to them ,-)  and of course there is the frequent calls from zillow and Trulia and every other real estate website

Posted by Mitchell J Hall, Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn (The Corcoran Group) about 5 years ago

Ha ha, too funny!

Posted by Rich Cederberg, eXp Realty Agent Albuquerque (eXp Realty) about 5 years ago

LOL  I just read this to my daughter she laughted and so did I lol

Posted by Laura Filip RE/MAX UTOPIA | 903-271-4978, Your locally owned RE/MAX OFFICE (RE/MAX UTOPIA , Serving all of Texoma ) about 5 years ago

Very funny. This will work. I have used a lot of funny approaches ion the past, but now i'm back to just hanging up.

Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) about 5 years ago

Totally brilliant.... A friend of mine's mother had another tack.  When a spam person would call - before they could get a word in edgewise she would say "OH!  I'm so GLAD you called, I have to tell you about the venetian blinds I'm selling!"  Most hung up right away. 

Posted by Ruthmarie Hicks (Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605) about 5 years ago

Now this is a real tip on handling something in every day life that we all deal with.  Karen Anne, today you are my favorite blogger. 

Posted by Judi K Barrett, BA, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma) about 5 years ago

 

Karen Anne, I love the idea of having a little fun with telemarketers to brighten up the day!

Posted by Nancy Laswick, Your REALTOR® For The Valley Of The Sun (United Real Estate) about 5 years ago

Reminds me of a college flat mate who would invite in door knockers to grill them about their beliefs for sport! Very entertaining.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) about 5 years ago

Karen Anne!  Too Funny!

Posted by Christina Sanchez Hood, #SiliconValleyHOODS | Inspired Living about 5 years ago

Hi Karen Anne - Sometimes I use some of my own scripts on spam callers.  It throws them off script.

Posted by Marc Swartz, CPA, CA, Real Estate Broker, Toronto, Durham & York Regions, Ontario, Canada (Royal LePage Vision Realty, Brokerage, Direct: (416) 737-9800, Office: (416) 321-2228) about 5 years ago

karen Anne - I was reading you esponce and I was laughing already. I am a very bad actor. After coming to New York I got on a program training for case workers in Social Services. There was one professor from Columbia, and she would watch me during her presentation.

i asked her why she was looking at me, and she said it was because facial expression was the best feedback fro her.

Gues I could not be a spy.

And I would not prank on Inna. Her Jon is a master of this and he would easily make my life a nightmare. :-)

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) about 5 years ago

William in #43:  Yes... sometimes just putting the phone down... and then ignoring it, can make them go away.  And sure, blocking the number can do it, as well... but none of these ways are much fun.  Just logical ways of trying to stop the calls.

So... you have blocked about 50 numbers, and your spam calls are down to 1 or 2 a week ?  That's no fun.  We have to "loosen you up, Michael."  LOL.  You're in "laid back" San Diego.  Time to get a little crazy, my friend.  <impish grin>

Barbara in the first #45... this post has "2" #45's:  A "reverse prank" call.  Hadn't thought of it that way, but... it works for me.  But... you can DO this.  Maybe nine or ten times practicing and you CAN keep a straight face... or voice.  You surely have heard some people refer to being in real estate as "Showtime..." I bet.  And thanks for the kind words.

Juli in #46:  That's similar to what William in #43 does... but it's no fun, my dear.  We need to get you to be a bit more theatrical.  Let your hair down and get a little crazy.  <silly grin>  Maybe you could get one of those "air horns" and blast it into the phone.  That's always fun... LOL.

Alan in #49:  I bet you could come up with some fun things to do with these Spammers.  Yeah... I bet you could.  And thanks...

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 5 years ago

Very funny. My husband tells them to HOLD ON while he gets the person, then leaves the phone off the hook till they hang up

Posted by Erica Ramus, MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate (Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA ) about 5 years ago

Cheryl in #50:  Yeah... kinda like "Goose" said in Top Gun.  Sometimes I crack myself up... as well.  What was this person thinking while listening to me ?  Perhaps he was thinking of his wife, or an old girlfriend, or his mother.  But usually they stay there... kinda like they are "frozen"... like they cannot believe what they are hearing.

Miss Kathy in #52:  Some days I DO hoot, but I rarely holler... LOL.  Ahhh... so you like to inflict PAIN... do ya ?  I bet if you even half tried you could come up with something very theatrical for them.

Bill in #53:  I am glad I brought a good laugh into your day... and... you are very welcome.

Bruce in #55:  I am so glad you're going to give this a try.  Cool Beans !  (we say that in Cleveland).  And yes, it works, at least for me.  It's like they cross me off their list... saying... "sheesh... I don't want to talk to HER again.  She's nutz !"  Ya know... maybe I am.  <impish grin>

Charita in #56:  Who says you can't have fun with Spam Calls ?  Stitches, huh ?  I hope you have a doctor or a nurse nearby.  Woman... I have every confidence in the world that you could pull this off.  I just KNOW you could.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 5 years ago

NICE KAREN

Posted by Nogui Aramburo, Real Estate Professional in the Raleigh Area (Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS®) about 5 years ago

Barbara in the first #57:  Ahhh yes... "priceless."  I love it.  Words of Wisdom from Rockwall, Texas.  They don't only call on land lines anymore.  Somewhere during the past year some doofus passed something that said it was now ok to Spam cell phones... so you will probably get your chance.  And... thank you.

Dawn in the second #57:  You really NEED to have a sense of humor if you're gong to be in real estate.  And yes, I'd love to see their faces, as well.  If it's a client... not to worry.  They prolly know me well enough to totally understand.  They would just say to themselves... "Oh... it's just Karen Anne being Karen Anne again."

Jeanne in #59:  Sure... hit Zillow with it.  They can really be annoying.  Once they get to know they are calling a crazy person... they are sure to cross you off their list.

Paula in #60 and #62:  I am so glad you enjoyed my phone call.  Thanks for coming back and commenting about my call to you.  And... I am glad I brightened your day.  We ALL need some of that... I am sure.  Take care...

Charles in the second #63:  I don't know about computer-generated calls.  I've never had a computer that "generated" me.  I've had other things that made me "humm" a bit... but I can't talk about them... at least not here... LOL.

Didi in #65:  I am SO glad you liked this.  We all need a break from all those "real estate posts."  So yes... climb into your "actress" persona and hit the Super Google folks with this.  That'll fix 'em.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 5 years ago

Myrl in #70:  You are not having any luck with them... because you are trying to be "sensible."  And... they're ready for ya'.  Get theatrical.  I know you can do it.  It's time for your "inner actress" to get on stage and perform.  I bet you'd be great.  If they're driving you nutz, you need to take THEM for a nutzy ride.

Mike in #71:  Perhaps you may not be able to pull off a crotchety old woman's voice, so how about some heavy breathing... in the good old reliable Darth Vader mode ?  And that... IS worth a try.

Mitchell in the first #72:  I don't know what to do with robots.  The only robots I know of are many of the Republicans in the House and Senate.

And I most definitely agree to be nice to the charities.  Zillow, Trulia and the website folks... hit them with your best crotchety old man voice, and maybe the heavy breathing Darth Vader voice.  Have some fun.

Rich in the second #72:  Great.  I am glad it made you smile.

Laura in #74:  I am glad I brought a good laugh to both you and your daughter.  Now you have someone to "role play" this with... before you test it out on a Spam Caller.  You can do this, too.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 5 years ago

Karen:

This is hilarious!  For some reason, my poor mother is plagued with telemarketers -- even though she is registered on the "Do Not Call" list.  I told her about your suggestion, thanks :)

Posted by Carie Shapiro (North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate) about 5 years ago

Karen Anne ~ I love your idea!!  No more spam, thanks anyway LOL!!

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging that Sells Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) about 5 years ago

Brian in #75:  It sounds like you have a good sense of humour... so I know you could pull this off, as well.  If you just hand up, it can change your mood in a negative way.  If you play with them... it might at least bring a conniving smile to your face.  Try it.

Ruthmarie in #76:  Oh, you sweet person.  Thanks for the kind words.  Your friend's mother has a way that works ?  Good for her.  But now, you have another choice.  Are you up to trying this ?  Time to let your "inner actress" out to play, my dear.

Judi in #77:  I don't think I've EVER been told I'm someone's "favorite" blogger.  So... even if it's only for one day... I will surely take it.  <smile>  You can DO this, Judi.  I just know you have an "inner actress" pent up inside just waiting to break out.  And, of course, I want VIDEO when you do it.  <smile x 2>

Nancy in #78 and 79:  We all need to discover more ways of having a little fun, doncha think ?  I'm so glad this post gave you another idea on how to do that.  Take care...

Ellie in #80:  Ahhh... I have DONE that.  I wouldn't pick on the nice-looking husband and wife couples... I wouldn't want to hurt their feelings... but when I get approached by those two young men on their bicycles and back-packs... let the fun begin.  It also doesn't hurt that all my many, many years of Catholic schooling have turned me into a heretic... LOL.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 5 years ago

Hi Karen Anne, you funny lady!  I wonder if they realize they've been had or if they really think you're that confused. lol

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) about 5 years ago

Christina in #81:  I am glad I brought a smile to your face.

Marc in #82:  That is part of what having scripts are for.  Personally, I think scripts are a great way to approach things.  Then, once you get the hang of the idea, you can totally tailor what you are doing it to re-make it into YOU.

Jon in #83:  Oh, I am sure Inna would catch on and just think it was funny, or at least I hope she would.  But... if Jon would jump in for some revenge, I bet I wouldn't want to deal with him, either.

And... anyone can be an actor.  You know what they say about how you get to Carnegie Hall ?  Practice, practice, practice.  Seriously.  There is a psychological personality profile called the MBTI... The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.  And... every time I take it... it scores me as an Introvert... which I totally agree with.  So, all this stuff I do... I have LEARNED to push myself until it becomes natural... if that makes any sense.  And, I agree... I don't think either of us could be a spy.

Speaking of being a spy... today I bought the Movie "The Russia House"... with Sean Connery and Michelle Pfeiffer.  I saw it once a long time ago, and remember I just loved it.  So, when I watch it tomorrow... I will try and figure out if any one of the characters could be "Jon the Spy."

Erica in #85:  Oh... that's the easy way out.  That's no fun.  Where is that "inner actress" in you that we both know is IN there ?  <impish smile>

Nogui in #86:  Thanks, my friend.  I wonder.  Do you think YOU could do something like this ?  Is there an "inner actor" hidden inside of you somewhere ?  It might be fun to find out.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 5 years ago

Karen Anne, Love it! I also try to sell over the phone solicitors puppies.

"I hear you have leads to sell, but first would you like to buy my puppy!"

"How about than let's trade your leads for my puppy"

Posted by Pete Xavier with X Group Real Estate Advocates, Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide (Investments to Luxury) about 5 years ago

Carie in #90:  I am so glad you liked it.  Maybe it might be time for you and your mother to do a little "role playing?"  That "do not call" list... I don't think there are very many people who make Spam Calls who take that very seriously.  They would have to know someone who got "burned" before they would let it stop them.

I am so glad it brought some smiles to your day.  Take care...

Maureen in the first #91:  I'm glad you love my idea, but you don't get any Spam to try it on.  What a lucky ducky.  <smile>  See how much fun you're going to miss, now.

Susan in the second #91... which sneaked back in again after #92:  I hope they didn't realize they had been "had."  That's no fun.  I would much rather have them think I was a crazy old lady that they really didn't want to call again.  And... of course I'm "confused."  I've been "confused" for years, and years.  It works for me.

Pete in the second #94:  Glad you love it !  What a great thing to say to them... "leads for puppies."  But... what a horrible thing to do to such a cute little puppy.  The poor thing... LOL.

Note:  Wow... I am all caught up with the comments.  Whew.  That tires a girl out.  Time to go sleepy-pie.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 5 years ago

Karen Anne - That sounds like just a little too much fun, and I love the picture of the litte girl to go with it.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) about 5 years ago

Christine:  Actually... I really DO have fun with it.  (I don't get out much... LOL)  And... the little girl is about as close as I could find to what my own "inner child" looks like.  Spunky attitude !

So... do you think YOU could do this with the next Spam Caller who dares to intrude into your private space ?

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 5 years ago

Hi Karen Anne--this is brilliant.  That would certainly get you deleted from every marketeer's mailing list.  I am going to practice that voice!

Posted by Janet Jones, Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii (Just Your Style Interiors, LLC) about 5 years ago

Karen  Anne  I have no other comment than brilliant - I'll bet "Barbara" will become nationally famous - I assume the book will be followed by the movie

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) about 5 years ago

Karen: You are an absolute original. Great suggestion.

Posted by Anne M. Costello (Weidel Realtors) about 5 years ago

Just too funny.  I may be calling you later with a prescription.  Then what are you going to say?  :-)

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 5 years ago

Karen - your post is HILARIOUS!!! Thanks for the laugh, I will certainly give it a try.

Posted by Ron Cooks, Texas Real Estate, Ft Hood/Killeen Homes for Sale (The Real Estate Marketplace) about 5 years ago
That is a riot. Not sure I would ever try it but it would be a great video to watch of the different scenarios!
Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com) about 5 years ago

Karen, that's funny. I'm with Myrl, #70 the Robo Calls are the worst. If it's live I ask to be excused for a moment and put the phone down and walk away. When I come back it's dead line

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) about 5 years ago

Karen Anne, I'm still laughing! I can imagine the telemarketer thinking this lady is crazy. I usually tell them I'm not home when they ask for me. Still laughing!!

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA about 5 years ago

That is just too funny!  Thanks for the laugh this morning Karen Anne. :)                                                                          

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) about 5 years ago

Karen, maybe I'll try that the next time I get one of those calls :) Too funny!

Cheers,

Rich, IXACT Contact

Posted by Rich Gaasenbeek, Real Estate CRM & Marketing Made Easy! (IXACT Contact Real Estate CRM) about 5 years ago

If they are trying to sell home improvement products tell them your house is in foreclosure. That maybe installing their product will help you with a short sale. That makes them go away.

 

Posted by David J. Stiles about 5 years ago
Haha! I'm particularly annoyed with spam calls on my cell phone. I've read about telemarketers targeting mobile phones for years now but only recently have been affected by them. Is anybody else noticing this trend? Either way, playing pranks on these bozos is often times the most effective way to deal with telemarketers--they leave you alone and it's hard to get upset at the nuisance thanks to laughs...or so I've personally noticed.
Posted by Bob Caldwell, VA Mortgage Specialist and Military Relocation Services (Fitzgerald Financial, a Division of Monarch Bank) about 5 years ago

Ha! That's hilarious... and ingenious, I'd say.  Whatever happened to the 'Do Not Call List' these days.. I think you can list your number on the National Do Not Call Registry for a peace of mind.

Posted by Aaron Eden about 5 years ago

This is an unusual way to deal with this. It sounds like you have fun doing it. That's good because I would not even want to spend even this much time with them.

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) about 5 years ago

There are hilarious ways to deal with telemarketers. Google Telemarketers Tom Mabe

 

Posted by Dave Halpern, Louisville Short Sale Expert (Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827) about 5 years ago

Absolutely brilliant!  I'll have to keep that little trick in mind for the next annoying caller I get.

Posted by Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker (Intero Real Estate) about 5 years ago

LOL Karen Anne, I love your response.

Posted by Dominique Britton, Experience the Difference in Real Estate Services (GoHomeToAtlanta.com Realty LLC - 678.250.5022) about 5 years ago

That's a very funny approach, to me I just want to get off the phone as fast as humanly possible when I know it's a spam call.

Posted by Eileen Hsu, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) about 5 years ago

Love it, Karen Anne!  Creative, Funny, & Effective!

Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) about 5 years ago

Very creative and much better than what I use to say.  I would tell them that I would love whatever they wanted to sell me and was it ok that I have been unemployed for four years.  They hang up on me.

Posted by Liz Wallace, Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N (Century 21 Sherlock Homes) about 5 years ago

Ms Karen- had to come back to you on this one.  Years ago I kept getting obscene calls on my home phone.  So, I transferred my number that night to the police station.  Calls stopped. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 5 years ago

So THAT's what you folks do for fun down in Texas!

Posted by Eric Kodner, Wayzata Lakes Realty: Twin Cities, Madeline Island (Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes) about 5 years ago

Now that is just to funny...... Maybe they will remove you from their SPAM INDEX =)

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource- SFR - Clarksv (Q Realty) about 5 years ago

I need to try that on the next call, however I hardly ever answer my landline.

Posted by Kathy Stoltman, Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793 (Rockwood Realty) about 5 years ago

You are hilarious, Karen Anne - this is DEFINITELY the script for the next unsuspecting SPAM'mer that calls!

Posted by Karen Hawkins, MBA - Langley & Surrey, BC (Royal Pro Real Estate Network) about 5 years ago

Wonder if that puts you automatically on their "do not call" list...sure worth a try !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale (Keller Williams 414-525-0563) about 5 years ago

Hi Karen,

I am too polite to try this.

But, I just reach over and hang up.

Phil

Posted by Phil Leng, Phil Leng - Retired (Retired) about 5 years ago

Classic Karen Anne humor, the one we have always come to admire. Oh by the way your prescription is ready =]

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Professionals.) about 5 years ago

I generally just put them on the speaker phone and ignore them. After a while they hang up. Then I hit redial repeatedly while I work...may as well tie up their phone lines!

Posted by Tim Bradley, Commercial Real Estate Expert in Jackson Hole, WY (Contour Investment Properties) about 5 years ago

Great story, Karen!  It reminds me of one of the funniest audios I've ever heard on YouTube called a Telemarkerter's Nightmare.  It has to do with a crime scene.  Worth looking for!

Posted by Melissa Brown, Realtor - South Charlotte NC Homes for Sale (Helen Adams Realty) about 5 years ago

Karen Anne, I love your approach!  I answer the phone and just keep saying hello, hello......until they hang up.  I have afriend who plays loud music into the phone.

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty) about 5 years ago

Karen:

You are genius!  What a great idea.  I usually listen for a minute and then tell them I am not interested and hand up while they are still talking.  Your idea is much better.

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) about 5 years ago

Hilarious approach, but the big question that I have is, how do you know when it is a spammer and when it is a client or other business?  Do you have a special caller id that says spammer?, prospective client? etc?

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service) about 5 years ago

Bob:  Your question of how do I know if it is a Spammer or a Client us a great question.

Well, I am talking about my HOME number. here.  My clients only get my cell phone number... so anyone calling my home is either a Spam Caller, or someone I know.   So... if it is someone I know... they would totally understand my crotchety voice asking them if it is Barbara... :)

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 5 years ago

Man, I've been missing all of the great featured posts lately.  I need to pay a little bit better attention.  If I were a spam caller I'd probably be cracking up at calls I made that had these reactions.  -Kasey

Posted by Kasey & John Boles, Boise, Meridian, Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties (Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com) about 5 years ago

It really is amazing how many calls I get A DAY with stuff like this.

I'm going to try your idea!

Thanks for posting!

Kevin

Posted by Kevin A. Guttman Reverse Mortgage Planner-Working By Referral, 877-251-9709 (Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation. NMLS#384936) about 5 years ago

I do not know how I missed this super fire sure way to stop spam callers. One method I use is to say "just a minute" and walk away from the phone. Usually in 30 seconds they hang up!

Posted by Emily Medvec, Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM (Realty One of Santa Fe) about 5 years ago

Emily... come on, now.  How much fun is that?  There are some days when I just really need to irritate "somebody"... and Spam Callers make excellent targets... LOL.  Especially when they aren't expecting anyone to "give it back" to them.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 5 years ago

Karen Anne, this is great and it takes some creativity and acting to pull it off convincingly as you apparantly DO! 

What I object to most is for the real estate telemarketer to call the office and pose as a potential client interested in a property and the front desk at the office forwards the call to our cell phones!    BW

Posted by Sharon & Bruce Walter, West Lafayette homes for sale (Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN) almost 5 years ago

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