Signor Colosimo

You must be a right idiot to do business with Tele2 in Italy. This phone company has called me ten times in the last year, always beginning with the question if by chance they are talking to signor Colosimo. That is a promising thought – going into business with a phone company which does not know, after ten times, that my phone number is not that of signor Colosimo.

Of course it’s a trick. Invariably, after asking for a confirmation about signor Colosimo as if she is taking note of it, the woman kicks in the sales pitch. Colosimo is a common name here in the South and many people will readily believe that she is indeed trying to reach this evasive person. But she gets you to not hang up within the first ten seconds, which is probably the outcome of some well-paid research into telemarketing. If you are past that point, chances are that you are going to sell something.

Well, not at this number you aren’t. If you want me to be interested, don’t start with a lie. Why on earth would I trust a company which so openly and blatantly lies to me – ten times a year? Of course, any company lies to me in some way, but at least they are not calling me, and above all they are not acting like I’m a fool who doesn’t remember a name and doesn’t recognize a trick.

Tele2? I wouldn’t use them if they were free.



  1. Cool. This is a new one – we get the regular phone calls but never with this strategy. For awhile there was an even sneakier approach used by a number of companies: the second you answered the phone they would say ‘You want to change to InfoTeleWindItalia right?”

    However, my standard response is “We don’t have a phone.”

  2. I’m sorry to copy&paste this from my inbox but it’s too good and maybe of some help:


    Three Little Words That Work!!
    (1) The three little words: ‘Hold On, Please…’
    Saying this, while putting down your phone and walking off (instead of
    hanging-up immediately) would make each telemarketing call so much more
    time-consuming that boiler room sales would grind to a halt.
    Then when you eventually hear BT’s ‘beep-beep-beep’ tone, you know it’s
    time to go back and hang up your handset …. you have efficiently
    completed your task..

    These three little words could help eliminate telephone soliciting.

    (source: somewhere on the internet)

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