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Cold Calling

Informal; the practice of a broker making an unsolicited telephone call to a completely unknown person in an attempt to convince the person to become a client of that broker or brokerage. This practice is controversial and some jurisdictions have enacted laws limiting its legitimate use. It is also called dialing and smiling. See also: order period.

cold call

A broker's telephone call to a heretofore unknown person during which the broker tries to enlist that person as a customer.

cold call

To make unsolicited contact with persons for the purpose of making a sale.In real estate, new agents will often cold call entire neighborhoods in an attempt to obtain listings.

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Constable Natalie Wilson said: "We are keen to hear from anyone who may have had this cold caller at their door over the weekend.
"We are investigating potential links to cold caller incidents at addresses where offenders will pretend to be selling services such as window cleaning or gutter repairs, or be responding to fictitious online adverts.
A simple way to ignore cold callers RECENT Talkback contributors Peter Wolfe and Pat Allen have been saying how upset they get by having nuisance calls.
An added bonus of doing it this way is that once the cold caller to the answer machine, they have to pay for the call.
PUSHY cold callers operating in the city have led Trading Standards to issue a warning to residents.
The study conducted by Ask Jeeves found that thirty per cent of people have claimed that they are annoyed of phone calls and emails from cold callers, bank employees and other service staff, who refer to them by their first name, the Telegraph reported.
Be wary & don't allow any cold caller to access your computer SUPT SIMON WALLS yesterday
Police are urging residents to be vigilant of cold callers. Officers advise people not to feel pressured to allow someone into their property and to be prepared and think in advance about what to say to doorstep callers.
Police are now warning people to be vigilant against cold callers and are asking anyone confronted by a "dubious tradesman" to contact them.
AN ENTIRE village is set to give cold callers the brush off.
It seems that millions of Britons are willing to disclose vital personal information to a cold caller, while one in seven could lose pounds 500 from the bank accounts without even noticing.
A COLD caller targeted a pensioner and made-off with jewellery.