These pre-recorded calls are a nightmare, they are never of any interest and they are impossible to stop. In the UK we are told that they must by law give you a number to press which removes you from their database. 2 problems there: 1. It doesn't work 2. You have to listen to the whole message before you can press the button.
This is not telemarketing; it is a criminal waste of my time, no reasonable company selling a reputable good or service would stoop to this crass sledgehammer approach. It is all ambulance chasers and companies trying to obtain repayments that you might be entitled to if you were stupid enough to sign up for loan protection insurance in the past.
Why won't governments ban this intrusive and repulsive practice?
We have the Telephone Preference Service which effectively blocks all "human" telemarketing calls; I have subscribed to this free service at home and on all my work numbers and we don't get a single call, but the robocalls keep on coming. I get around 6-10 calls per day on each number. It is really annoying.
I would be interested to find out if anyone has every bought anything from one of these dodgy robocalls. Conversely if we have anyone on WebmasterWorld who has ever used this method of trying to alienate potential customers could they please tell me why?