Crafty Brit Cons Telemarketers Into Paying to Call Him
Man sets up pay line, makes hundreds off callers
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 29, 2013 11:26 AM CDT

(Newser) – Lee Beaumont was sick of telemarketers calling him, so he came up with a brilliant solution: He made them pay him for the privilege. The Leeds man signed up for an 0871-number (the British equivalent of a 900-number), and began giving that out to banks, utility companies, and other commercial concerns, he tells the BBC. Now, whenever anyone calls him, it costs them 10 pence a minute. He has a non-pay number, but he only gives it out to friends and family.

When companies ask why he has a pay line, Beaumont says he's "very honest," telling them it's "because I'm getting annoyed with PPI phone calls when I'm trying to watch Coronation Street." The line has so far earned Beaumont around $465, while reducing the number of calls he receives a month from 20-30 to about 13. Schemes like Beaumont's make sense in the UK, because its version of the do-not-call list is a tad ineffective. A study this year found that people on it get twice as many calls as people who aren't.

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Oct 10, 2013 4:55 PM CDT
Pundzter is a free service that lets anyone with a phone (including a cell phone) get paid to take calls from pollsters and other businesses that need to talk to the public. When you sign up with, you set your own rate. We then connect you to businesses that agree to pay your price. And you're paid your rate for as long as you're on the phone. All your information stays anonymous. You can set specific times when you are available to take calls. It is perfect for someone looking to earn extra income.
Aug 31, 2013 9:05 AM CDT
The telemarketers now have a new ploy, then issue a fake number on caller ID or simply use a feaux number like 1234567890. I call what looks like a valid number back to see where they go and most times never reach a valid number even when the number looks good. Now I am getting "private number" or "out of area" calls. You should be able to return a call and be removed from these call lists, instead we are innundated by calls we do not want. Do not call lists do not work because of these new tactics.
Aug 30, 2013 3:46 AM CDT
Telemarketers leave me along most of the time but I do report them now and then. Bill collectors are my main problem. Usually trying to contact a relative. I get into my best crazy person mood. Then again, how would anyone know the difference.