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lugnut

@communications.com
reply to urbanriot

Re: [Rant] Phone scamming bastards now calling when people sleep

I LOVE my Panasonic phones. They have "Talking Caller ID." If the call is from someone in my phone directory it speaks the name aloud and if it's an unknown caller it reads the number off the caller ID. I also have call screen with Bell so nobody can get thru unless they release their number so that eliminates the "unknown numbers."

What that means in practice is I can wake up to the ring and the phone will tell me if it's an important call or not without my having to lift my head off of the pillow. If it's a telemarketer it goes to voicemail after 4 rings and I go back to sleep

The Panasonics are excellent phones, but that feature alone makes them worth double the price!


urbanriot
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said by lugnut :

I also have call screen with Bell so nobody can get thru unless they release their number so that eliminates the "unknown numbers."

It's too bad they're spoofing this number of showing their number but that's still a good idea regardless!


lugnut

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said by urbanriot:

said by lugnut :

I also have call screen with Bell so nobody can get thru unless they release their number so that eliminates the "unknown numbers."

It's too bad they're spoofing this number of showing their number but that's still a good idea regardless!

Actually the service is called "Call Privacy" with Bell and it comes bundled with "Call Screen." Altogether I have them bundled with 4 other Bell services for an extra $8 or so per month.

Call Screen allows me to block up to 12 numbers (Whoop de doo!) but my Panasonic Phones allow me to block another 50 numbers, so actually between the two I've got most of them covered.

As for the Call Privacy, it takes them by surprise. Yeah they may spoof their numbers, but they're usually too lazy to change it from call to call so blocking it once usually takes care of it for up to a few months. The way it works is if they call from an unlisted number, it asks them to either hit * to release their number to my caller ID or else enter a phone number manually. Either they get stupid and release the number or else they get lazy and enter an obvious bullsh*t number.

Either way, the telemarketing scum become easy to spot and block if they are persistent and otherwise if it's a family member listed in my dial directory it reads off the name. Otherwise I can pretty much tell a legit unknown caller by the area code. Chances are, if it's anyone I need to hear from in an emergency it will be a 905 area code. The rest I let go to voicemail.

And for the Coupe de Grace, if it goes to voicemail, I prefaced my outgoing voicemail message with a standard phone company SIT tone that tells the autodialers that my line is out of service before it gets to my away message. Usually at that point it drops my number from their call list.

Between all this firepower I get remarkably few telemarketing calls these days.

The only ones with incredible stamina left are the duct cleaning guys and them I just scream "F*CK YOU!" into the phone the second I hear the word "Duct" and slam it down. After a couple of weeks of pure abuse even those idiots got the message.

Anyway, I attached the SIT tone to this message in case you want to use it yourself.

At this point I have the telemarketing calls down to about one every two or three weeks now.


lugnut

@communications.com
reply to urbanriot
BTW, usually once or twice a year I purge the blocked numbers and start fresh again because usually by that time they've dumped all their old numbers.

Still you can't argue with the results. After a month or so of reblocking all the new and old numbers I'm back down to one or two calls per month again.


rodjames
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Gloucester, ON
reply to urbanriot
Good point. I can spoof my ANR to be any number I want, INCLUDING THE NUMBER I AM CALLING. Weird to be getting a phone call from yourself eh!

Grappler

join:2002-09-01
Ottawa, ON
reply to lugnut
said by lugnut :

but my Panasonic Phones allow me to block another 50 numbers, so actually between the two I've got most of them covered.

With my Panasonic system I can actually block up to 100 numbers, two different models being used. Additionally they also have a sleep function whereby once activated the phone will not ring after 9:00 PM unless the telephone number is in my phone directory's "white list".

Now if only the CRTC would amend regulations/tariffs to force the phone companies to include the "privacy" feature at no cost to the consumer, except for the present exceptions. Obviously we all know the feature is an added value to the phone companies, but they can recover their fees from the fines imposed on the telemarketers.


lugnut

@communications.com
said by Grappler:

Now if only the CRTC would amend regulations/tariffs to force the phone companies to include the "privacy" feature at no cost to the consumer, except for the present exceptions. Obviously we all know the feature is an added value to the phone companies, but they can recover their fees from the fines imposed on the telemarketers.

Actually the rat bastards at the phone companies are making money at both ends of the deal. They sell the call centers all of the sleazy spoofing and dialer services and then charge the consumers for a means to detect and counteract it.

If the CRTC REALLY gave a sh*t about consumer protection the entire business of cold calling telephone sales should be shut down and made illegal.

Really there are no winners in this fight except for Ma Bell and Robbers


donoreo
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North York, ON
reply to Grappler
said by Grappler:

said by lugnut :

but my Panasonic Phones allow me to block another 50 numbers, so actually between the two I've got most of them covered.

With my Panasonic system I can actually block up to 100 numbers, two different models being used. Additionally they also have a sleep function whereby once activated the phone will not ring after 9:00 PM unless the telephone number is in my phone directory's "white list".

My Panasonic does not have this
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lugnut

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said by donoreo:

said by Grappler:

said by lugnut :

but my Panasonic Phones allow me to block another 50 numbers, so actually between the two I've got most of them covered.

With my Panasonic system I can actually block up to 100 numbers, two different models being used. Additionally they also have a sleep function whereby once activated the phone will not ring after 9:00 PM unless the telephone number is in my phone directory's "white list".

My Panasonic does not have this

Are you sure your panasonics don't have it? Take a scan thru the menus and look for something called "sleep mode."

My phones are almost 5 years old and they have it.


lugnut

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reply to Grappler
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