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Old 10-03-2013, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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I tried looking up Verizon home phone features via Google. But without a specific street address, city & zip, I can't even look to see what features they might offer.

I have Century Link as my home phone provider. The calling plan I'm on is an old one from the provider I had before Century Link. It comes with 10 calling features...I can add features, but they would cost me more $. One of the included features I can choose from is called "Selective Call Forwarding." I signed up for this one and had a certain telemarketer's calls forwarded back to that telemarketing company's headquarters ....it helps that I knew the phone number to headquarters. There's also a way to forward all phone calls from a specific area code or prefix...which might be helpful if the annyoing calls are coming from a unique area code or a specific prefix. The only downside is that you can only have all these unwanted calls forwarded to one phone number....so pick some phone number that's just a recorded message.....like a phone number which states the current time or something like that.



Century Link's other calling features that I would like to have added, but cost money are:
  1. Anonymous call rejection- Prevents calls from ringing into your home if the caller’s line is “blocked.”
  2. Call Rejection - When an unwanted caller tries to get through, a pre-recorded message says you’re not accepting calls. Lets you store up to 15 different numbers on your “Rejection List.”
  3. No Solicitation - Screens incoming calls from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. every day. An automatic message asks solicitors to hang up, and tells regular callers to press 1 to complete the call. You can also set up a privileged list of your favorite callers so they’ll automatically bypass the solicitor screening
Perhaps Verizon home phone has calling features that can help you win this battle.

I was typically filing 2 complaints per day on the "Do Not Call List" website from the telemarketing company's calls. Since I set up the selective call forwarding, I haven't received one call from them.
These callers use more than one number. If you call back the number on your Caller ID, you will not get anyone. They will easily bypass your 15 number rejection list. If you screen the numbers as you describe, they will happily press 1 to get through to you. They are relentless. They just keep coming in with new numbers, sometimes spoof numbers, sometimes hijacking real numbers.

Right now I just do not answer unless I recognize the number on caller ID.
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Old 10-07-2013, 10:26 AM
 
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This might help a bit, but allot of these calls originate overseas, where they couldn't care less about FCC regulations.

Ban on most robocalls and text message spam gets stronger this month | Ars Technica
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Old 10-07-2013, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Cartersville, GA
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I tried looking up Verizon home phone features via Google. But without a specific street address, city & zip, I can't even look to see what features they might offer.

I have Century Link as my home phone provider. The calling plan I'm on is an old one from the provider I had before Century Link. It comes with 10 calling features...I can add features, but they would cost me more $. One of the included features I can choose from is called "Selective Call Forwarding." I signed up for this one and had a certain telemarketer's calls forwarded back to that telemarketing company's headquarters ....it helps that I knew the phone number to headquarters. There's also a way to forward all phone calls from a specific area code or prefix...which might be helpful if the annyoing calls are coming from a unique area code or a specific prefix. The only downside is that you can only have all these unwanted calls forwarded to one phone number....so pick some phone number that's just a recorded message.....like a phone number which states the current time or something like that.



Century Link's other calling features that I would like to have added, but cost money are:
  1. Anonymous call rejection- Prevents calls from ringing into your home if the caller’s line is “blocked.”
  2. Call Rejection - When an unwanted caller tries to get through, a pre-recorded message says you’re not accepting calls. Lets you store up to 15 different numbers on your “Rejection List.”
  3. No Solicitation - Screens incoming calls from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. every day. An automatic message asks solicitors to hang up, and tells regular callers to press 1 to complete the call. You can also set up a privileged list of your favorite callers so they’ll automatically bypass the solicitor screening
Perhaps Verizon home phone has calling features that can help you win this battle.

I was typically filing 2 complaints per day on the "Do Not Call List" website from the telemarketing company's calls. Since I set up the selective call forwarding, I haven't received one call from them.
These are all good suggestions. In this "cat and mouse" game, it seems that the telemarketers are catching up with these measures. With current technologies, such as VOIP, it may be possible for telemarketers to "send" a different caller ID number every time they call. That notwithstanding, features such as call blocking and the others you mention can significantly reduce the number of calls you receive.
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Old 10-07-2013, 10:42 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Arrow A Solution

One approach to ignoring unwanted phone numbers, is just save that phone number under your contacts on your phone.

I'll usually name it something like IGNORE XXX-XXX-XXXX

Then set that contact's ring tone to "no ring" or "silent" or whatever your phone uses for a silent ring.

That way, when they call, you won't even hear it ring.

I realize your problem caller has multiple numbers, so you just need to save each one in your contacts.
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Old 10-07-2013, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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My problem is with the home phone, which is internet service through AT&T. I just do not answer strange numbers and we turned voice mail off. Anyone who has a legitimate need to call us can get us on the cell phones, the numbers of which the problem makers so far have not found.
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Old 10-22-2013, 06:51 PM
 
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I FOUND A WAY TO GET OFF THEIR CALLING LIST!!!! FINALLY!!!!

It takes some work, but I have not gotten a call in about 3 months. Here is what you have to do, it takes effort, but I'm happy to say THERE IS A WAY!!!

I'm an entreprenuer, I've also worked in call centers before, so immediately I knew after asking 100 times, cussing them out, etc. That nothing would work. I invented a method and it worked!

Whenever they called me, I made it a point to keep the person on the phone as long as possible. Literally, I would take up 20 to 40 minutes a call. I would do this by pretending to be interested, asking dumb questions, pretending to be confused, correcting their English time and time again, every single phone call, I would do this, and then at the very end I would tell them to take me off their calling list. But not till I had them for at least 20 minutes, a couple times, over 40 minutes.

I did that about 12 times, and then they stopped calling me.

I knew that they couldn't lose man hours like that, and then have someone laugh at them and enjoy ****ing with them. It was just destroying their business- one customer. That over and over was holding up their reps and then at the end, after ****ing with them over and over, they stopped calling.

It's the only thing that worked for me. Hope that helps.
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Old 10-22-2013, 06:55 PM
 
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P.S. I guess I got blacklisted BY THEM. hahahahahaha. There is your solution! Enjoy!
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Old 11-14-2013, 09:45 AM
 
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I get these calls A LOT!!! They show up from "Washington", 'Ontario", "Ohio" even (where I live)...

They just ass-u-me you need medication. They'll say that - "I see you have ordered from us in the past..."

I dream of having enough time for these jerks to fire back at them like I often do. Check out this dialogue:

"Hello, Jack, it is JOE from U.S. Pharmacy. I'd like to help you re-fill your medication at a low low price. What is it you'd like to buy today - Viagara, Cialis, yada yada...?"

"Hey, umm, JOE (riiiiiight!) - do you guys have any bourbon?"

"Bourbon?"

"Yes, BOURBON - let me spell it for you: B-O-U-R-B-O-N."

"What do you use it for?"

"Well, mainly, it makes me feel better."

"Ok, let me check my database..... I do not see it here, but if you'll please hold, I'll ask my manager."

"Yeah, sure, you DO THAT!"

And so on, and so on...
Like I said, if only I had the time to repeat this conversation and personal request for BOURBON on a daily basis, and at a guaranteed low price - I'd fire right back at these guys. Sometimes I get their calls DAILY. It's a pain in my arse!
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Old 11-14-2013, 09:47 AM
 
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I have also re-torted by asking them:

Joe, have you EVEN sold anything today??

Why is it you assume I need medication to begin with - I FEEL GREAT, man!!

Oh, can you hold on just a moment for me? (Kramer trick, insert awful muzak here:_______)
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Old 11-14-2013, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Online, I found that somebody tried to set u p a reward for information leading to a prosecutiln and conviction, but going to the link, it is dead. It depeneded on people "pledging" to contribute to any such reward.

What is really needed is for a genuine reward of lat least $20,000 to be actually placed in escrow and actually payable to whistle blowers. You can press a key on your phone and get a real person, who sounds like an American (and knows all American obscenities when you ask for their employers name and location). Tell that real person that there is a big reward for blowing the whistle on their employer, which they obviously have relevant information about the identity of.

In my view, it is incumbent on telephone companies to offer this reward (to them, $20K is a mouseturd), to at least give the appearance of making it safe to be a subscriber to their service. The phone companies are doing absolutely nothing to make it possible for their clients to combat abuse of phone services (and probably profiting in some way by their presence). Telephone companies operate at the mercy of state controllers of commerce (in Texas it's the Railroad Commission), and any state legislature at any time can order telephone providers in that state to take steps to combat violations of the DNC laws.

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Oh, can you hold on just a moment for me? (Kramer trick, insert awful muzak here:_______)
I have a quick link to a very loud, vocally expressive porn video that I can play, and set the phone down next to the speakers. I just say "Hang on a minute, I just have to finish something I'm doing."
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