For pete's sake, don't give out your name or anyone else's. That is an invitation for them to keep calling and now they have a current name to ask for. The old-friend routine is a total act. That is how they keep the conversation going, hoping you will give them any information they don't already have. My simple method is just to tell them that whoever they have asked for, whether it is a current or former employee, is not available and I ask if they would like to leave a message with me. If they ask for the person's voice mail I always say there is no voice mail and I would be glad to pass along a message to the appropriate person. 99% of the time none of these types of callers want to bother leaving a message. If by chance they do, I pretend like I am taking their info down, then I tell them I will pass the message on and if anyone is interested they will return the call.
2busy2care Aug 31st, 2010
Dude called my business today and sounded like he was seriously trippin'. He asked specifically for the president of the company (the dude whose name he gave hasn't worked here in years) and when I told him the guy wasn't here anymore he asked who the new president was. I gave him that name and then he goes, "Well wait. Who's this?" I gave him my name and he attempted to say something funny... he failed. Anyways, seemed like a harmless guy strung out on something.
Receptionist Aug 30th, 2010
Just received a call from this number on one of the partner lines at my firm. The guy sounds like he's been toking, and tried to pull the good-ol-guy routine to get additional information about said partner. Before I found this website I'd pegged him as a sleazy recruiter looking for business.
These jerks call. We see their caller id and don't recognize them. We don't pickup. When the machine answers, they hang up.
Me again. I called him back. The guy's name is Theodore. He was argumentative, saying 'You must not have told me to remove your name, or I would not have called.' Yeah, right, I want to continue to be harassed by another investment guy calling us. Anyway, I said let's cut to the chase & stop arguing & you remove our number now, so in the future if I get a call I will know I spoke to Theodore on 6-29-09 at 12:20 PM & you were to have removed our number, correct?' He agreed. I have zero faith this works.
For all you 'Investment Brokers' out there: Stop calling people, stop smiling & dialing. If people want to invest they will invest & they will look into it very closely, they won't use some guy from New York when we're in Texas!
Called again- so much for the 'nice-guy' routine. I was very polite to him Friday when he called, now I will call back & go off on them. Why do these ass-wipes INSIST on calling a company that is NOT interested in their services??? They called at 7:50 AM, I'm sure thinking they would get the boss- good try. The phones are forwarded to me 24/7 the ultimate 'Gate Keeper'.
Investment brokers calling looking for clients. I called back, the guy was nice & he removed us from their call list. We'll see if he really did...