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Annoying new telemarketing tactic

Twice within the last week I’ve been hit by the following tactic:

I receive a call on my cell phone from a nearby calling area (Baltimore, in my case).  The middle-aged voice on the other end asks for “Mason” (or “Terence”). When I politely reply that there’s no one here by that name, the person responds “Oh, perhaps you can help me”, and launches into a solicitation for some high-minded charitable donation.

Last week I simply told the gentleman that I couldn’t help him and hung up.  Today, interrupted from a particularly knotty work issue, I pointedly asked the woman if this was a new marketing tactic and could I expect similar calls in the future. She simply said “I’ll update our records” and hung up.

Will no one rid me of these troublesome callers?

(I’d installed Nomorobo on my iPhone—it’s apparently the best of the current bunch of call blockers—but obviously technology has its limits. Also, for some reason Nomorobo had managed to disable itself and I had to go back into Settings to re-enable it.)

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