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Ditching Telemarketers

Discussion in 'Software, Computers, CMC's Techie Stuff' started by shayla, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

    How does one ditch those telemarketers from India who call back yelling? The number says Hayward, but it's obviously a mask, and they won't let up. They once called my mom twelve times in one day, (thankfully, it ceased after that), and since yesterday, have called our home phone several times. They say they're calling about Norton, (which we don't have), and when I hung up, they called back, yelling, 'Why did you hang up on me?'. I know it's just their m.o., but is there any way to block a masked number?

    Funny: as I was writing this, a pal came and knocked on our door. I quit writing to let him in, and he told us he'd just had a scam attempt. His gift for the day was a gravelly-voiced man, calling with the 'I'm your oldest grandson, please send $2000.00' trick. When he said, 'This doesn't sound like my oldest grandson.', the man said, 'I've been in a car wreck.' Gotta love ingenuity, but just, aaargh.
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  2. Rick Granick

    Rick Granick SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    My father-in-law almost fell victim to a scam like that, with someone posing as his long-lost granddaughter. He does have an estranged granddaughter, but this was definitely NOT her.
    :mad: Rick
  3. munnframeworks

    munnframeworks CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    My wife bought a phone system from Costco, It lets you block phone numbers you don't want to come thru. When the blocked number calls it rings once and disconnects.
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  4. artfolio

    artfolio SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    You will probably find that they use multiple numbers for these nuisance calls and until you have blocked a couple of dozen they will keep coming.
  5. i-FRAMER

    i-FRAMER MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    We don't answer our home phone anymore, just let it ring out. Anyone who knows us will ring our mobile.
  6. snafu

    snafu MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    I use phone tray pro https://www.phonetray.com/ $29
    unlike some this one offers an unlimited number of blocked numbers

    The best $29 I've ever spent.
  7. JWB9999999

    JWB9999999 SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    I have been considering getting an actual office phone system that would put callers into a queue and make them push a button to speak to us. Or something like that. That should defeat all the robo calls.

    I just looked at that phonetray site mentioned above as well. It sounds like it could be interesting, but I have lots of questions about it. For example, I wouldn't want calls announced on my computer; heck, I wouldn't want any popup boxes at all on my computer, just because of a phone call. That would be really annoying for my bookkeeper who uses that computer. I really just want the spammers and scammers blocked, and the other calls to come through, with the ability to block more as desired.

    GUMBY GCF SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    we signed up on the no call list 2 months ago and still get telemarketers
    off the grid is probably the only way out
  9. David Waldmann

    David Waldmann SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    I don't know who it is (or might be) that provides it, but I believe I've heard of a phone service similar to a white-list email service. IOW, your call/email only goes through if you are on the List. Most (probably all) white-list providers offer a way for someone to ask to be added to the List. Probably not the kind of attitude you want to take as a business though...
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  10. snafu

    snafu MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    The announcement and popup are both optional.
  11. Ylva

    Ylva SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    How does it actually work? I have call block on my phones but it is limited to 100 numbers.
  12. snafu

    snafu MGF, Master Grumble Framer

  13. cjmst3k

    cjmst3k SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    I regularly get 6 calls a day (live and robo) soliciting, with that comprising almost all the calls we get.

    We're a simple two-man shop. I've been wondering whether getting a phone system where you have to choose options "Press 1 for art sales, press 2 for framing department" but all going to the same single phone line would work. This means robocalls would need to press a number, which it wouldn't, so we'd only get people pushing 1 or 2 thru to our lines.

    Anyone know anything about this type of system?
  14. David Waldmann

    David Waldmann SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    I'm familiar with an Answering Machine where, if no one answers, you can have up to 4 mailboxes where callers can choose to place their messages.

    You could also use a basic voicemail and phone system, such as a Panasonic TVA50 and TA824. They are relatively old technology now (maybe 15 years) but would serve your needs exactly. The biggest problem is that if you've never programmed them it's a bit of a learning curve. I happen to have that pair and would be happy to sell it at a very reasonable price... PM me if interested.
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  15. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

    It's better at home, likely because my number's been unlisted since I got it a couple of decades ago. We only get a couple a week. Here at the shop, we're getting more.
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