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Well here we are again another old subject but I've a specific question. My policy has been to answer withheld numbers, give some relevant info but obviously do not accept the booking until the chap has rung back and displayed his number.

Last year there was a thread on here were quite a few forum members said they often withhold their number on initial contact to make sure they've got through to the right person, and that it's the sort of person they can trust etc etc. I have had booking from chaps this way who either didn't realise their number was withheld or that such a number would be a problem when booking an escort. Quite a few chaps used to visiting parlours do this as they will accept the booking.

Recently I'm getting 2 or 3 regular callers - I say 'regular' because I recognise their accents and their mannerisms each time. They ring asking for a booking at a certain/day or time then launch of into questions about kissing, owo, CIM and is the appointment 'no rush' ie can they continue for the full hour. I obviously give a straight yes or no answer depending on the question.

Now these are all questions chaps on here have indicated are important for them to confirm when placing a booking. However these callers are nearly always then moving on to telling me they are well endowed, will that be a problem.

I'm pretty sure these callers are the same 2 or 3 people repeatedly phoning up. Considering we've had posts recently were guys have complained about ladies appearing rude and abrupt on the phone, I would like to ask them what they think I should do in this situation.

I am very tempted to do one of the following;

1. Stop answering withhelds full stop (do have a client I see very occasionally who rings from a withheld landline sometimes as he stays in an area of no mobile signal - so obviously I might miss him)

2. Answer withhelds and say if they would like some info to call back displaying number.

3. Carry on possibly having my time wasted.

So guys it's over to you!

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Well here we are again another old subject but I've a specific question. My policy has been to answer withheld numbers, give some relevant info but obviously do not accept the booking until the chap has rung back and displayed his number.

Last year there was a thread on here were quite a few forum members said they often withhold their number on initial contact to make sure they've got through to the right person, and that it's the sort of person they can trust etc etc. I have had booking from chaps this way who either didn't realise their number was withheld or that such a number would be a problem when booking an escort. Quite a few chaps used to visiting parlours do this as they will accept the booking.

Recently I'm getting 2 or 3 regular callers - I say 'regular' because I recognise their accents and their mannerisms each time. They ring asking for a booking at a certain/day or time then launch of into questions about kissing, owo, CIM and is the appointment 'no rush' ie can they continue for the full hour. I obviously give a straight yes or no answer depending on the question.

Now these are all questions chaps on here have indicated are important for them to confirm when placing a booking. However these callers are nearly always then moving on to telling me they are well endowed, will that be a problem.

I'm pretty sure these callers are the same 2 or 3 people repeatedly phoning up. Considering we've had posts recently were guys have complained about ladies appearing rude and abrupt on the phone, I would like to ask them what they think I should do in this situation.

I am very tempted to do one of the following;

1. Stop answering withhelds full stop (do have a client I see very occasionally who rings from a withheld landline sometimes as he stays in an area of no mobile signal - so obviously I might miss him)

2. Answer withhelds and say if they would like some info to call back displaying number.

3. Carry on possibly having my time wasted.

So guys it's over to you!

If I call from work number is withheld - standard practice I believe. So that is a lot of potential clients you may be missing......

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I think there is another answer:

Ask for a number to ring back on immediately.

With-helds are (I think, will tecchies correct me, please)

a) Foreign (1471 says "We do not have the number")

:( Dial-out through office switcboard - unless they have DDI, and even so, the switch-board wouldn't know who'd called you, so perfectly reasonable.

c) Deliberately witheld (set-up on mobile or 141 on land-line)

The foreigner and the guy calling from the office can't help it, but if they give you the number and you get back to the same voice, maybe they are straight?

The guy who deliberately hides, and won't let you ring back, immediately, is likely to be a TW.

Any way, that's my hapenny worth!

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Kinky

I've been aware of that which is why I developed my policy of answering withheld enquiries but then obviously if the chap wishes to book he can call back on his own number. Worked absolutely fine I was only getting very few withheld callers anyway, and they would ring once then ring back to book so no probs.

The reason for this post is that in the last 5-6 weeks virtually all the withheld numbers calling are asking the same questions, are from perhaps 2 or 3 gents - their line of questioning is virtually the same each time they call, ask re the same services, and often mention their large willy. And they don't call back and show their number or make a booking (and yes I've been friendly and confirmed the answers to their questions). If this was happening repeatedly and you were pretty sure it was the same couple of guys wouldn't you think twice?

Apart from that everyone else is calling from displayed numbers etc so at the moment I'd only be missing perhaps 1 genuine call a month by ignoring them and taking other calls.

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Well here we are again another old subject but I've a specific question. My policy has been to answer withheld numbers, give some relevant info but obviously do not accept the booking until the chap has rung back and displayed his number.

Last year there was a thread on here were quite a few forum members said they often withhold their number on initial contact to make sure they've got through to the right person, and that it's the sort of person they can trust etc etc. I have had booking from chaps this way who either didn't realise their number was withheld or that such a number would be a problem when booking an escort. Quite a few chaps used to visiting parlours do this as they will accept the booking.

Recently I'm getting 2 or 3 regular callers - I say 'regular' because I recognise their accents and their mannerisms each time. They ring asking for a booking at a certain/day or time then launch of into questions about kissing, owo, CIM and is the appointment 'no rush' ie can they continue for the full hour. I obviously give a straight yes or no answer depending on the question.

Now these are all questions chaps on here have indicated are important for them to confirm when placing a booking. However these callers are nearly always then moving on to telling me they are well endowed, will that be a problem.

I'm pretty sure these callers are the same 2 or 3 people repeatedly phoning up. Considering we've had posts recently were guys have complained about ladies appearing rude and abrupt on the phone, I would like to ask them what they think I should do in this situation.

I am very tempted to do one of the following;

1. Stop answering withhelds full stop (do have a client I see very occasionally who rings from a withheld landline sometimes as he stays in an area of no mobile signal - so obviously I might miss him)

2. Answer withhelds and say if they would like some info to call back displaying number.

3. Carry on possibly having my time wasted.

So guys it's over to you!

When i ring i dont talk about myself unless the lady asks me a specific question, if i had an enormous chopper then i would inform the lady as its important information though IMO. Of course if its the same people saying this on a regular basis they are TWs.

As to your three scenarios, many ladies i know tell me they dont answer withheld numbers full stop, you might miss some punters through what Kinky said, foreigners and through your ocassional punters scenario so i would go for 2, if they are serious about booking you they will ring back displaying their number in my view.:)

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Apart from that everyone else is calling from displayed numbers etc so at the moment I'd only be missing perhaps 1 genuine call a month by ignoring them and taking other calls.

If that's the case then I wouldn't answer withheld numbers. No big loss.

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Thanks. I have worked in the industry and fully understand why numbers show up as withheld, as well as the 1470 trick you can use if your home number is automatically withheld too!

What's happening at the moment is I'm getting what seems to be the same couple of chaps persistently calling me - but because they withhold I can't be 100% sure but each has rung me about 5 times in the last 4 weeks(sometimes once every couple of days). I now recognise their accents and as I say their line of questioning is more or less the same each and every time. Same services and sometimes they'll call back about the same date and time a few days later - denying they spoke to me a few days back.

So you can see why I'm getting a little reticent about answering withhelds as it's the same everytime.

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Girls don't want number withheld calls yet expect me to recieve ones from them :):rolleyes:

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So guys it's over to you!

What percentage of your income stems from an initially witheld number?

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Something quite low - around 10 percent I would say.

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What's happening at the moment is I'm getting what seems to be the same couple of chaps persistently calling me - but because they withhold I can't be 100% sure but each has rung me about 5 times in the last 4 weeks(sometimes once every couple of days). I now recognise their accents and as I say their line of questioning is more or less the same each and every time. Same services and sometimes they'll call back about the same date and time a few days later - denying they spoke to me a few days back.

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How about ..

4.) Stop answering withheld numbers for a month. They might get out of the habit by the time you start again.

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i don't answer withheld numbers and i am not a wg. i think any serious caller would not be afraid to display their number. i would consider all withheld numbers to be time wasters if i were you ,strawberry :)

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Something quite low - around 10 percent I would say.

It's a reasonably high percentage to lose. In your initial post, you referred to a regular client who phones from a withheld land line. Obviously, some of the 10% comes from that source. Why not bar the withheld numbers and buy a cheap mobile. Give him alone that number and don't advertise it. Then when he wants an appointment, he can ring on that number. Don't start the barring till after you've got the new phone in place and you've given him the number. At least that would reduce the 10% wastage.

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Something quite low - around 10 percent I would say.

Obviously the choice is yours, but if witheld numbers actually cause a problem, and with a percentage as low as 10 then I would be tempted to ditch witheld numbers and seek some way of making up the shortfall, or just accept the loss of income.

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Something quite low - around 10 percent I would say.

I can only say i wouldnt want to lose around 10% of my income due to some idiots but Barrys suggestion is worth a try, hopefully they will give up and all you would have lost is one months 10%.:)

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You need to move with the times, if someone wants to mess you about then all he does is use a free sim card and throw it away later and put another one in the phone, it doesn't matter if you store the number or list it on whatever website as its ditched.

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Well here we are again another old subject but I've a specific question. My policy has been to answer withheld numbers, give some relevant info but obviously do not accept the booking until the chap has rung back and displayed his number.

Last year there was a thread on here were quite a few forum members said they often withhold their number on initial contact to make sure they've got through to the right person, and that it's the sort of person they can trust etc etc. I have had booking from chaps this way who either didn't realise their number was withheld or that such a number would be a problem when booking an escort. Quite a few chaps used to visiting parlours do this as they will accept the booking.

Recently I'm getting 2 or 3 regular callers - I say 'regular' because I recognise their accents and their mannerisms each time. They ring asking for a booking at a certain/day or time then launch of into questions about kissing, owo, CIM and is the appointment 'no rush' ie can they continue for the full hour. I obviously give a straight yes or no answer depending on the question.

Now these are all questions chaps on here have indicated are important for them to confirm when placing a booking. However these callers are nearly always then moving on to telling me they are well endowed, will that be a problem.

I'm pretty sure these callers are the same 2 or 3 people repeatedly phoning up. Considering we've had posts recently were guys have complained about ladies appearing rude and abrupt on the phone, I would like to ask them what they think I should do in this situation.

I am very tempted to do one of the following;

1. Stop answering withhelds full stop (do have a client I see very occasionally who rings from a withheld landline sometimes as he stays in an area of no mobile signal - so obviously I might miss him)

2. Answer withhelds and say if they would like some info to call back displaying number.

3. Carry on possibly having my time wasted.

So guys it's over to you!

If you recognise their voices when they call, can't you just put the phone down on them???

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I wouldn't call all withheld numbers timewaters, if they don't give their numbers then yes I do.... :)

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It's not causing a problem as such but it's making me feel like I don't want to start giving out details with withhelds as it's a waste of time/I'm being played with/it's getting a bit predictable.

Might go with my option 2 and also change my VM greeting to "I no longer accept calls from withheld numbers" obviously relies on caller listening to VM but I'm sure none of you guys would repeatedly take the same calls if you thought it was just a 'repeater' having fun! The other temptation is to throw something daft at them "yeah the bigger the better" but knowing me I'll get a genuine customer!

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Chersire-Babe had it down to a fine art, guys thought they were getting an answer machine when she answered saying 'Calls from withheld numbers will not be answered, please re-dial without withholding your number'.

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I am not 100% sure as they are northern accents and obviously I get a lot of them. It's happening so often though that I'm as sure as I can be and in future will be simply not giving details until they call back showing their mobile number.

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I would say option 2. Answer vague questions enough to keep a guy's attention until they ring back properly. If they're serious they'll call back.

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Politely ask them to either give you a contact number OR call back on a non-withheld. I don't recommend discussing services because these guys often want to talk dirty. If he's a serious client, he'll call back.

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I direct such calls to my voicemail which says "I do not answer withheld numbers"

This prompts the private caller to call back with his number showing.

A couple of months ago I had a persistent withheld number caller. After several days I decided to answer and explained I would not be able to converse with him as I did not feel comfortable talking to someone who's number did not show. He apologised and said he had no idea his number was withheld :)

He did call back immediately with number showing and we have met a couple of times since. It did make me wonder [for a split second] whether I should start answering withheld numbers though... hmmm perhaps not :rolleyes:

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I'm an option 2 girl. I generally am fairly flexible about these things, but if I am having a spate of morons, then I will begin to be more vigilant. I'll answer and say hello and so on, but then will say that I am unable to take a booking from a with-held number, so if they wish to discuss a booking or booking details they need to ring me back on a non-with-held number. It works pretty well.

You do have my sympathy, it can be terribly annoying!

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