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    barnaby
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    Joined: 12 May 2008
    Location: 16
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    Had a phone call, supposedly from EDF offering me “something” to save me a lot on my electricity bills. Asked if she actually worked for EDF and she said yes (doubtful) and that someone was calling around our area on Wednesday.
    Asked her what it was, heat exchanger/solar/ wind etc?  she said – nothing like that and it is free. Soon as she said free I told her to go away, not interested. Have you ever known EDF to give you anything free?
    Anyone else had call such as this? We are registered with Bloctel, thought it might be worth contacting them.

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    maricopa
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    Joined: 10 Mar 2009
    Location: Hérault, France
    Total posts: 1017

    They rang and rang and rang me so eventually answered and told them I wasn’t interested.  Seems to have worked for the time being!


    #1796873
    nomoss
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    Joined: 09 Nov 2009
    Location: 11
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    I have set my personal answer function to 10 seconds, so that a serious caller can leave a message, and have told all my family that I will pick up as soon as I see their ID on the display, or hear them speaking.

    So far, in about a month, no cold callers have left a message. Even 10 seconds of ringing is annoying, so I may set it to”immediate”, but the number of calls seems to have reduced since I stopped answering them, making me wonder if there is some collusion between those making the calls, or whether they originate from a few organisations offering the service.

     


    Thanks to the Autoroutes and the use of GPS it is now possible to travel the length and breadth of France without seeing anything or speaking to anyone. Inspired by Charles Kuralt

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    joinfrance
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    Joined: 07 Oct 2010
    Location: 19150 Laguenne, Correze
    Total posts: 948

    I registered with blocked and it was ok for about 5 months. This last week they have started again with a vengeance. Always different numbers and sometimes 3 in 5 minutes. I don’t answer either.


    Joinfrance

    #1796921
    nomoss
    nomoss
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    Joined: 09 Nov 2009
    Location: 11
    Total posts: 2156

    I also registered with Bloctel, but the callers use the excuse that they are conducting a survey, or following up a transaction, which is allowed, or the numbers they ostensibly call from are outside France, so beyond Bloctel’s control.


    Thanks to the Autoroutes and the use of GPS it is now possible to travel the length and breadth of France without seeing anything or speaking to anyone. Inspired by Charles Kuralt

    #1796925
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    barnaby
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    Joined: 12 May 2008
    Location: 16
    Total posts: 237

    I registered with blocked and it was ok for about 5 months. This last week they have started again with a vengeance. Always different numbers and sometimes 3 in 5 minutes. I don’t answer either.

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    Yes, it has started the same way for us. Nothing much since registration with Bloctel until last week then several daily, some of which are silent. Bloody annoying. I think I will set my answerphone to instant and call back any we get from friends. Most of our calls are on Skype anyway.


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    Chanceux
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    Joined: 17 Mar 2010
    Location: Picardie
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    It was the same with Pacitel, the demarcheurs just use the listed numbers as hot prospects, Pacitel/Bloctel conveniently deliver then to them FOC and keep them updated.

    I block all with-held numbers for the others now I have to pick up as they could be customers but I can usually tell from the number prefix if they are demarcheurs, remaining silent is the best option, the calls always hang up automatically after precisely 2 seconds at which point I do a *351*# blocking them permanantly but its pi55ing in the wind.

    I recognise most French geographical prefixes and callers from UK, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Spain, if someone calls me from a Freebox it will also display their name and I have noticed that some of the scammers are using Free lies with the 0950 prefix.


    #1796990
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    headers
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    Joined: 17 Mar 2009
    Location: 47
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    I rang Edf and asked them if they use telesales. No was the reply. It’s not EDF. So now if I actually answer the caller is always asked if they are employed by EDF. So far this has been effective – they hang up.


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    Aardvark
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    Joined: 27 May 2009
    Location: 22
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    But is doesn’t stop the next pain in the arse trying the same thing.  Best to use a BT call blocker or something similar.


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    mikej
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    Location: Dordogne sometimes and Kent the rest
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    These cold call companies seem to be on a four week cycle, whenever I get a call and it takes a few seconds for someone to be on the other end I know its a computer generated call, I just say in my worst possible accent “Parlez vous Englze” and generally they hang up and the cold calls stop for about a month, then its just a repeat of the same procedure.

    In the Uk I used to answer after the few seconds delay “you have reached my hot line, what would you like to buy”, they would say “nothing” I would say “neither do I” and hang up that used to bring about a four week respite, now days I don’t seem to get anymore cold calls.

    Mike


    WFIPFLL

    #1797051
    badger
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    Joined: 04 Dec 2008
    Location: Near Vire (14)
    Total posts: 1408

    I’ve been on Liste Rouge for years. The only sales calls we get are from organisations that we’ve given the landline number to for some reason. It’s no good if you wish to be in the ‘phone book, but then I don’t…. :good:


    Jonathan Badger - St Germain de Tallevende 14500 http://www.badgerlx.fr

    #1797058
    nomoss
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    Location: 11
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    Thanks, Badger. I have placed our number on the Liste Rouge.

    Since we have a Livebox, this had to be done via our Espace Client


    Thanks to the Autoroutes and the use of GPS it is now possible to travel the length and breadth of France without seeing anything or speaking to anyone. Inspired by Charles Kuralt

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    wheelers
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    Location: Bonnieres 62270 and Melksham Wiltshire
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    These cold call companies seem to be on a four week cycle, whenever I get a call and it takes a few seconds for someone to be on the other end I know its a computer generated call, I just say in my worst possible accent “Parlez vous Englze” and generally they hang up and the cold calls stop for about a month, then its just a repeat of the same procedure. In the Uk I used to answer after the few seconds delay “you have reached my hot line, what would you like to buy”, they would say “nothing” I would say “neither do I” and hang up that used to bring about a four week respite, now days I don’t seem to get anymore cold calls. Mike

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    WFIPFLL

    only use the mobile in England I use similar , a simple

    ‘Bonjour’

    ….silecnce, then Hello Mr….

    ‘Oui’

    beeeeeeeeeeeeep :yahoo:

    smetimes it gets a bit deeper.

    a reply of ‘Je suis en France’

    usually gets a reply of, are you in France?

    ‘oui’

    beeeeeeep  :yahoo:   :yahoo:

    the wife say, one day Im going to get caught outby a French speaker, I say dont worry as it stops when they think of the cost…. :wacko:

     


    #1797646
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    jeff58
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    Location: SW Haute Vienne, 87 (close to 24 and 16)
    Total posts: 1027

    I either pretend to be a crime scenes officer at a crime scene and start asking for their full details, home address, telephone number etc, or I pretend I’m really interested, give them a few seconds, then claim there’s someone at the door. If they are still on the line five minutes later, I give them another few seconds, then there’s a pot boiling over…no-one has lasted beyond ten minutes.


    #1797647
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    yello
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    Joined: 30 Jan 2007
    Location: France
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    I’ve had a caller tell me that they were allowed to call me because I was a client of EDF and they had been authorised by EDF…. yeah right.

    That said, we very rarely get cold calls these days; a combination of the aforementioned liste rouge and Pacatel/Blocatel (whichever it now is) seem to do the job. Now that’s gone and tempted fate hasn’t it.


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