Just Leave the Phone Unplugged
Anyways, on an unrelated note: Sometimes when I leave my landline plugged in (most of the time I don’t–people who really want to get a hold of me use e-mail), I get these targeted telemarketing calls in Mandarin. I tell them I don’t speak Chinese, they stammer, and then I hang up. And I totally know why I get those phone calls too. It’s because of my last name.
Of course, if they knew how the English transliteration of my last name came about (i.e. Vietnamization of the Cantonese pronunciation), the last thing they should be doing would be calling in Mandarin.