questionswhy won't "tom" at that stupid alarm company stop…


Keep a log of the numbers and the times of all the calls and file a complaint at


Tell him you have a present for him. Get his address. Beat him up


I changed my voicemail to spanish when i had this overseas pharmacy keep calling me 6-10x a day. stopped calling shortly after they realized they prolly couldnt understand me ;)


When I receive land line calls from a live human asking if I'm "Whatshername", I respond w/"Who's calling, please?" The response is usually JoeBlowfromsalescompany. I then say, "I'm on the Do Not Call List, please remove me from your calling list. They either say they're sorry & will comply, or they hang up. Seems to work, I seldom get repeat calls. I never engage them in a conversation; don't care what they're selling, or who they want donations for.

Automated calls are now driving me crazy. I hang up. They repeat. I repeat. The lingering one that comes to mind was a recording of a recent drop-out in the presidential campaign. Seems he wanted for me to help him get into the White House. Those calls have stopped. ;-) I do NOT like any unsolicited call, human or recorded. There's no way I know of to completely stop them. It will get worse in the coming year...


Have fun with it. Use a soundboard (preferably Samuel L. Jackson).


This guy is more sounding abusive, especially the comment of he'll call back if he so wishes. I'd suggest trying to figure out a way to record calls from him if he does call, and think about reporting him to the police, because this is quickly approaching stalker territory.


Here is what you do....

Get a contact number, first and last name and the company Tom works for. After you get a call back (don't call him back) from that number (assuming he is using the same number), call the police and report him for harassment. If you don't want to go the police route, call the company and report him.

My "game" assumes he gives you a valid contact number though, as well as a name.


@figgers3036: I'm pretty sure it's not just one guy. It looks like several guys all calling themselves Tom.


personally, I'd have fun with him...Id start by talking dirty with/about him....then try to sell him my garage sale things like an auctioneer...


give your kid the phone and tell them its santa on the other end!!!!!


Do not entertain him. Do not yell or threaten, I did telemarketing as a young adult. We used to laugh at break about some of the dumb things people did.

I got a tel-a-zapper (don't know if they still work, but they gave auto dialers the impression the phone was disconnected).

Tell him to hang on a minute then set the phone by the TV.
After a few minutes ask him if they have a do not call policy ask them to send a written copy to your address. Ask them to place you on the do not call list.


Alarm companies seem to be one of the scummiest industries for sales tactics. The "free" system will put equipment in your home for free and then charge you a ridiculous monthly fee. I've heard they will use an existing customer's emergency contact numbers (customer's friends and family) as sales leads with or without the customer's permission. So that's probably how they got your number. And, your number is probably in some autodial list that the company uses to keep calling you with. Sorry for your pain.


According to this, Tom isn't a real person. It's an automated system with voice recognition.

You'll have to start expressing interest to the questions if you want to speak with a real person. Record the conversation. File complaints with the FTC for every incident. You could also look into suing in small claims court as suggested in the thread. Tell them you live at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC if they want an address.


I have a cell phone that I use for emergencies only. The phone is an addition to our family plan (cost about $10 a month), and we basically keep it in the glove compartment of the car "just incase". Paranoid, I know, but when the zombies start taking over the world I may need it.
Anyway, I get telemarketing calls on that phone. I don't know how. I don't give the number out, and I couldn't even tell someone the number if they asked.
The carrier must be selling my info, and when I call the people back, I always get a message that the "phone number I called is not in service".
I think the CIA is messing with me, or maybe aliens LOL


@atd15: So, wait, you have a cell phone just to call zombies with?


@honestmonkey: Well yes, zombies sometimes need a break from eating brains, and wish to engage in idle chit chat.


Just had this problem on our land line (yes, we still have one). Use the online FCC form 1088G for telemarketer calls to a wireless line (

We've been getting a rash of autobot dialed calls that don't connect to a live person. Obnoxious!


I ALWAYS do the "who's calling, please?" and then politely decline stating this number is on the Do Not Call Registry. According to the caller ID, most of the calls appear to originate from numbers in Olympia, Washington. As I live clear across the country, I think it might be a bit difficult to have the police intervene.
The automated calls to our home phone come every few months. Other than the interruption to our day, we can immediately hang up.

I have more fun with the toll free numbers that call by answering the phone "Admissions, this is La V. How may I help you?" or in my best office professional voice answer with "Married name (and it's a doozey hyphenated name), Husband's Mom's maiden name, and MY maiden name. How may I direct your call?"

It sounds like a law firm, but not stating it as such so I don't feel guilty in the least. That usually confuses them.
My cell has a log of all the times they've called. I love the phone's auto reject. I'm just po'd.


Thank you all for the tips. I'm going to download the forms and see what comes of it.
In a former life, I was a telemarketer for a fundraising company hired by a Police Benevolent Society. It doesn't kill me to be polite when I decline and wish them good luck, but when I ask over and over to be removed from their calling list permanently and nothing comes of it, I want revenge.

I've taken to Rickrolling some of them. I like the song so it doesn't bother me to hear it once in awhile. Wish I was clever enough to keep them on the line until THEIR patience runs out. Just can't think fast enough on my feet to push them off script and take the conversation in a direction they never dreamed it would go. Maybe next time when "Tom" calls from a new number I should ask him what is he wearing.


@lavikinga: definitely ask him what he's wearing. also what his favorite color is and what his life's goals and dreams are.


Something similar was happening a few months back in my entire geographical region, judging from the numerous complaints to all local media's consumer hotlines, although they were all robocalls. I used to get 3-6 calls daily from them, and I'm on both state and national no-call lists.

Try a different tactic, maybe? Play nice. Tell "Tom" you recently had a break-in and have decided you do indeed need a security system. Ask him to send someone out to talk to you -- but give him an address of a local fastfood place, since you're now "paranoid" after the burglary. With any luck, you'll actually meet a company rep, and then you can take the legal action necessary to get the weasel's to stop calling. It's entirely possible all they have at the moment is your name and phone number, but I wouldn't give them any more info on the phone than necessary.

Also, I think your carrier can assist you tracking back where a call originated if you keep a log of dates and times.


Another thing: there is federal legislation kicking its way through Congress that would kill the current law that theoretically keeps cell phones safe from marketing calls. The direct marketing folks are pushing hard for this, since a significant chunk of the population no longer has a landline at all. I'll see if I can track down the data and post it; time to call our congress critters about it.


@magic cave: Please do. I'm hoping that's just an urban rumour!


@jerrykane: Oooh, old message! I completely forgot about returning to this thread to post that I received a few more calls from "Tom." Decided to have some fun. Told him I had missed him, asked him how were the kids, what was he wearing, etc. His responses were very curious. And THEN I felt like the biggest dolt in the world when I realized I had been receiving calls from one the of the BEST 'bots ever. Totally computer generated responses.


@oczgal: Like I wrote above, I realized I wasn't speaking with a live person, but a very clever bot!!! Odd thing is, after Rickrolling the bot a few times, I haven't had any more problems. :::knock wood:::

Now go buy something over on Big Daddy Woot's side so you can vote!