Not really a disaster I admit, but . . .
We have seen an increase in unwanted telephone solicitation - the kind of stuff the "do not call" registry should prevent, but these guys apparently ignore the law (and many of the calls come from obviously "spoofed" numbers so they're probably hard to catch even if the FTC had the resources to go after them).
Any good ideas on how to handle these calls? I often just don't answer, but that means they call again, repeatedly. Sometimes I answer and tell them they're breaking the law as I'm on the do not call registry - they just hang up. Sometimes I politely ask them to hold on a moment, then I put the phone down and return to whatever I was doing (and hang it up later).
If I answer and it's a recording I immediately hang up. I never "press x to be removed from our call list" as that simply verifies to them that mine is a valid number.
Any better ideas?