From: Chris Watkins
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Date: Sat, 14 Dec 2002 19:15:07 -0500
"Sir Charles W. Shults III" wrote:
> I know somebody who DID collect- they were being bombarded by calls from a
> water softener company, and they kept a caller ID machine next to the phone.
> They made the necessary warnings, received more calls, then photographed the
> time and date on the caller ID and called an attorney.
> He cleared $10,000 US from this.
> I use a simple method for these calls myself. If it's a live human, I make
> the standard warning. If it is a fax machine, I send them an image of the
> caller ID and a text warning.
> It seems to work.
I wish it were so simple here... all "phone bank" calls come in tagged as
"UNKNOWN NAME" only. No number, no name, and you can't add them to your
list of "blocked numbers", either. The phone company tells you it isn't
possible with current tech. (coff, spit... ya, right)
We get the same thing with some cellphones... though, more and more, these
are actually showing up at least the phone number, if not the full name.
I've simply been letting the phone ring off the hook... though now that my
7 month old is showing an interest in gurgling on the phone, I think I may
start handing all the "UNKNOWN NAME" calls to her. She'll love it.
Our state "no-call" list does work, if you can remember to re-up with
the state every two years. Must be a money gig. At the end of two years,
if they've not received payment, the phone calls begin immediately and in
"higher than normal" volumes. It makes you wonder if they keep a separate
database of people who "were" on the list, who didn't continue to pay
their protection money, so they ship the names off to the telemarketers
as "hot prospects" for the coming year. Either that, or the numbers of
telemarketers are growing exponentially, it seems.
I wish someone would just come up with something that was able to detect
"UNKNOWN NAME" in the caller ID stream, and immediately pickup/hangup.
That doesn't work for everyone, obvviously... as some friend's phone may
popup that way... but it'd be fine for most of us, I'm positive :-)
(Any of my affected friends would just have to get over it.)