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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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Police are urging residents to be vigilant of cold callers.
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.
Police are now warning people to be vigilant against cold callers and are asking anyone confronted by a "dubious tradesman" to contact them.
PUSHY cold callers operating in the city have led Trading Standards to issue a warning to residents.
Dominic MacMahon, 50, said his mum, a former GP, had mentioned the handle to a cold caller.
Detective Insp David Swinburne said: "It's a timely reminder for residents to be vigilant, always be wary of cold callers who turn up unannounced either offering to buy or sell anything on your doorstep.
AN ENTIRE village is set to give cold callers the brush off.
Yet ironically the company runs BT Privacy, incorporating the Telephone Preference Service, which is designed to block cold callers.
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.
Acting Detective Inspector John Ellis of Operation Rico said the case "reinforces the importance of people in this country being extremely cautious about investing their money in schemes where the first approach comes from a cold caller promising high returns.
We would advise residents to contact Trading Standards if a cold caller breaches the zone, but to always contact police if they are suspicious about any callers.
Other tips are to: ignore them and just put the phone down; tell them in an angry tone of voice you are not interested; just put the receiver down on the side and walk away thus letting the cold caller natter away for nothing; or tell the caller the line is being traced.