When ever someone says “Hi, I work with (or ‘for’) Time Warner Cable/AT&T/etc” I’ll stop them dead in their tracks and say “you work with or you for them, I mean, are you an actual AT&T employee?”. Usually I can get them to say that they’re a reseller of their services, at which point I hang up. If I can’t get them to admit it, I know the next question from them is going to be about how many lines I have so I just say 'you just said you your for them…why don’t you tell me how many lines I have (and what the numbers are (and, no, I’m not going to give you the little security code on my bill and bite me for asking))?. It’s funny how often they’ll tell me they don’t have access to that information. Waitaminute…you just told me you can get me a better deal than what I already have, you promised it, but you have no idea of what I have, not even the basics, if you don’t know how many lines I have (or even the numbers), you couldn’t possible know what services I have, call waiting, hunting, blocking, long distance (and on which lines), DSL etc…
To be fair, I do believe these people aren’t scammers, I think they’re buying numbers/services in bulk and reselling them, maybe even cheaper than what I can get direct, but I’m not interested. I’ll nearly always hang up and block cold callers and I’d rather go direct. If I have a problem with my phone/internet, I want to deal with the ISP, not a third party.
Besides, it comes off as really skeevy when they pretend like they work for AT&T, never mentioning that their actual company in the opening monologue and imply that they just want to rejigger my services to save some money.
Glad I switched over to TWC for internet and phone. OTOH, I never got a cold call until I switched. Then I started getting them left and right, they wanted to come down and do a site survey and see if they could save me some money. I finally told myself the next person to call (it was like once a week) could waste his time. I’d let him come down, let him do a ‘site survey’, talk to him about what I currently have and need, then when it was time to show him the bills…he’d get to see his own bills.
That was fun, his supervisor was riding with him that day. On the one hand, I told him what my beef was and why I did that and asked him to take me off whatever list of leads he was working from. He told me all the sales people work independently making cold calls, no list. I told him that was obnoxious, stupid and annoying to their current and potential customers.
OTOH, I never got another cold call again after that.
To be fair, before that I probably got 30 cold calls, I told each and every one of them, before they even launched into their spiel that I already had TWC and asked them to stop calling.