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Bad times lead to more scams

By jobeard
Dec 31, 2008
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  1. Recently I've been getting a rash of phone solicitation or outright attempts at extortion,
    so I Thought you might like to have some tools to defend yourself too.

    First, blocking anonymous caller id is a feature that forces the caller to enable caller-id
    which then can be recognized at your end. Doesn't work 100% of the time as some get through
    as 'out-of-area', 'unknown', or even just 'California'. But even then, at least
    the phone number is visible and the area code is a big tip-off :)

    Second, use call screening feature on your answering machine -- you get to listen without
    picking up the phone. If it's Mom or your boy/girl friend just pickup. Otherwise, the solicitators are forced to leave a message -- ligit businesses will but bogus callers never do :)

    Third, (you'll love this), Google is your friend -- just enter the phone number of the offender -- you'll get a list of users complaining re that number.

    typical sites supporting these complaints are


    both have a direct lookup capability
     
  2. hrlow2

    hrlow2 TS Rookie Posts: 210

    Thanks for the links. Maybe now I can get a little late night payback.
     


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