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Subject: WHAT THE HELL....

Written By: Red Ant on 07/13/07 at 3:06 am

I've received over 25 phone calls since midnight, all from "Private Name, Private Number", all instant hang-ups. I am so seriously pissed right now I wish there were something worse than curse, torture and mutilation combined to inflict on whomever is doing this....

It's probably some automated piece of **** dialing me, but it also happened to the person I was talking to up to a few minutes ago - he received roughly as many hang up calls as I did. As far as we know, there are only two people who have both our numbers, and neither have the anonymous capability nor the slightest desire to spam us via phone.

I hope my phone company can block this, otherwise I may have to change my number.

So, anyone else get calls like this? If so, how did you stop it?


Subject: Re: WHAT THE HELL....

Written By: Badfinger-fan on 07/13/07 at 3:12 am


I've received over 25 phone calls since midnight, all from "Private Name, Private Number", all instant hang-ups. I am so seriously pissed right now I wish there were something worse than curse, torture and mutilation combined to inflict on whomever is doing this....

It's probably some automated piece of **** dialing me, but it also happened to the person I was talking to up to a few minutes ago - he received roughly as many hang up calls as I did. As far as we know, there are only two people who have both our numbers, and neither have the anonymous capability nor the slightest desire to spam us via phone.

I hope my phone company can block this, otherwise I may have to change my number.

So, anyone else get calls like this? If so, how did you stop it?


They will change your number for free of course, or if you want them to try to trace the caller and give their number to the police, you'll have to keep a log of the calls forat least a week and call the police to report it and get a case number. then after you've done that, and the phone company puts a "trap" on your line, you'll be required to call in each time you get one of the annoyance calls so they can try to locate the calling number, but it doesn't identify the caller & nothing willl really happen to the owner of the number unless the calls become abusive or threatening.  you're better off just changing the phone number if it continues. I don't remember the code but you should be able to block a private number from calling you. it's in your phone book. the code is.

Subject: Re: WHAT THE HELL....

Written By: Red Ant on 07/13/07 at 3:20 am


They will change your number for free of course, or if you want them to try to trace the caller and give their number to the police, you'll have to keep a log of the calls forat least a week and call the police to report it and get a case number. then after you've done that, and the phone company puts a "trap" on your line, you'll be required to call in each time you get one of the annoyance calls so they can try to locate the calling number, but it doesn't identify the caller & nothing willl really happen to the owner of the number unless the calls become abusive or threatening.  you're better off just changing the phone number if it continues.


Thanks, brother.  At this point I wish police dogs would savagely attack this person (or automated equipment), leaving them (or it) permanently disfigured and crippled for the rest of their (its) pathetically short and meaningless existence.

This has happened to me for the past five nights or so, but this is the first night it happened to someone to which I was talking. While I'm up at this hour normally, my family is not, and everyone has been awoken by these nuisance calls tonight.

I will have ample time on my hands by Tuesday evening to track this to the ends of the Earth if need be. Obviously, this person calling me never knew I once had the license plate "DFWTRA": Don't F*** With The Red Ant.

I still love all of you guys and gals, of course.  :)

Subject: Re: WHAT THE HELL....

Written By: Badfinger-fan on 07/13/07 at 3:30 am


Thanks, brother.  At this point I wish police dogs would savagely attack this person (or automated equipment), leaving them (or it) permanently disfigured and crippled for the rest of their (its) pathetically short and meaningless existence.

This has happened to me for the past five nights or so, but this is the first night it happened to someone to which I was talking. While I'm up at this hour normally, my family is not, and everyone has been awoken by these nuisance calls tonight.

I will have ample time on my hands by Tuesday evening to track this to the ends of the Earth if need be. Obviously, this person calling me never knew I once had the license plate "DFWTRA": Don't F*** With The Red Ant.

I still love all of you guys and gals, of course.   :)

but of course you do  ;D  so I was the Annoyance Call Specialist for AT&T in Berkeley, Ca. for residence customers only and worked with the police to help customers deal with this kind of problem.  as for blocking the calls, you may have to subscribe to that feature.

Subject: Re: WHAT THE HELL....

Written By: Red Ant on 07/13/07 at 3:36 am


but of course you do  ;D   so I was the Annoyance Call Specialist for AT&T in Berkeley, Ca. for residence customers only and worked with the police to help customers deal with this kind of problem.  as for blocking the calls, you may have to subscribe to that feature.


Well, of course I do!  ;)

I just scoured the phone book for such a code, but unless I'm missing it at the moment, it's not there. I remember there used to be *69, *77, etc, but I can't seem to find the code that blocks useless ***** from bothering me, in the early morning, while I'm on the phone. Even after I got off the phone, we received about 6 calls in 10 minutes.

If I have to subscribe to that feature, the phone company will have my $x.95 by day's end.

Subject: Re: WHAT THE HELL....

Written By: Badfinger-fan on 07/13/07 at 3:40 am


Well, of course I do!  ;)

I just scoured the phone book for such a code, but unless I'm missing it at the moment, it's not there. I remember there used to be *69, *77, etc, but I can't seem to find the code that blocks useless ***** from bothering me, in the early morning, while I'm on the phone. Even after I got off the phone, we received about 6 calls in 10 minutes.

If I have to subscribe to that feature, the phone company will have my $x.95 by day's end.
wish it was free, but maybe there is a free code. it's worth a call but then they may try to sell you a bunch of other features while they have you on the line  :o  good luck and darn it sure would be good to get some payback about 4am and wake their ass up with about 800 calls.

Subject: Re: WHAT THE HELL....

Written By: whistledog on 07/13/07 at 3:42 am

Sometimes numbers can't be tracked ...

About a month ago, I got a call from the number 000-000-0000 and as my machine picked it up, there was a ringing, then some woman with an accent answered, which leads me to believe it's one of those scam calls where when you answer it, it's like you've just dialed someone long distance.  This number called back the next day at the exact same time, and this time it was some electronic voice telling me my credit card is out of date; I don't even own a credit card.  

Over the course of the month, this number continued to call me atleast once on random days, last calling me about a week or so ago.  My phone company says not much can be done because it's not an actual phone number, but some sort of router number used by millions of telemarketers and other scam services to hide their actual number.

It's quite scary the kinds of things people can do with phones.  I am always sort of scared when I get weird calls, cause you never know if it's some crazy person who somehow got your number

Subject: Re: WHAT THE HELL....

Written By: Badfinger-fan on 07/13/07 at 3:46 am


Sometimes numbers can't be tracked ...

About a month ago, I got a call from the number 000-000-0000 and as my machine picked it up, there was a ringing, then some woman with an accent answered, which leads me to believe it's one of those scam calls where when you answer it, it's like you've just dialed someone long distance.  This number called back the next day at the exact same time, and this time it was some electronic voice telling me my credit card is out of date; I don't even own a credit card.  

Over the course of the month, this number continued to call me atleast once on random days, last calling me about a week or so ago.  My phone company says not much can be done because it's not an actual phone number, but some sort of router number used by millions of telemarketers and other scam services to hide their actual number.

It's quite scary the kinds of things people can do with phones.  I am always sort of scared when I get weird calls, cause you never know if it's some crazy person who somehow got your number
this is true, some numbers can't be traced because they aren't on the local systems network. Back in the 80's I got to talk to and change telephone numbers for a few local professional athletes like Mark McGwire, Rickey Henderson, Jose Canseco, Tony Larussa

Subject: Re: WHAT THE HELL....

Written By: Red Ant on 07/13/07 at 3:48 am


wish it was free, but maybe there is a free code. it's worth a call but then they may try to sell you a bunch of other features while they have you on the line  :o  good luck and darn it sure would be good to get some payback about 4am and wake their ass up with about 800 calls.


I recall past phone books having all sorts of *number-number codes to do a ton of things, yet this one seems to lack those codes.

If Verizon tried to sell me any more features, I'd not so politely tell them my DSL runs at 1/10th the speed they promised, and that cable is looking damned good at the moment...

I'm not a religious person, but if I thought it would make a difference, I'd pray that the person calling me (or, responsible for another phone calling me) 25+ times in less than 4 hours would die a death that would be in the Guiness Book of World Records for "Most Horrible Death Ever Suffered". That Viet Nam monk who, in protest, conflagrated himself wouldn't have **** on the amount of pain this person should go through.

Subject: Re: WHAT THE HELL....

Written By: Badfinger-fan on 07/13/07 at 3:50 am


I recall past phone books having all sorts of *number-number codes to do a ton of things, yet this one seems to lack those codes.

If Verizon tried to sell me any more features, I'd not so politely tell them my DSL runs at 1/10th the speed they promised, and that cable is looking damned good at the moment...

I'm not a religious person, but if I thought it would make a difference, I'd pray that the person calling me (or, responsible for another phone calling me) 25+ times in less than 4 hours would die a death that would be in the Guiness Book of World Records for "Most Horrible Death Ever Suffered". That Viet Nam monk who, in protest, conflagrated himself wouldn't have **** on the amount of pain this person should go through.
how many times have they called you?  next time answer it and just set the phone down. don't hang up, just leave the line open for about 5 minutes to f*ck with them

Subject: Re: WHAT THE HELL....

Written By: Red Ant on 07/13/07 at 3:54 am


Sometimes numbers can't be tracked ...

About a month ago, I got a call from the number 000-000-0000 and as my machine picked it up, there was a ringing, then some woman with an accent answered, which leads me to believe it's one of those scam calls where when you answer it, it's like you've just dialed someone long distance.  This number called back the next day at the exact same time, and this time it was some electronic voice telling me my credit card is out of date; I don't even own a credit card.  

Over the course of the month, this number continued to call me atleast once on random days, last calling me about a week or so ago.  My phone company says not much can be done because it's not an actual phone number, but some sort of router number used by millions of telemarketers and other scam services to hide their actual number.

It's quite scary the kinds of things people can do with phones.  I am always sort of scared when I get weird calls, cause you never know if it's some crazy person who somehow got your number


I've gotten a few 000-000-0000 numbers: phone companies should ban such an obviously fake number.

I don't worry about the "crazy": anyone who I can actually talk to, I can let them know exactly how I feel. Automated PsOS are fun, too, in some ways: I get a kick out of being redirected from an automated messge to an actual person. Their voices, when I inform them automated calls are illegal in Virginia, are priceless.  ;D

Subject: Re: WHAT THE HELL....

Written By: Badfinger-fan on 07/13/07 at 3:59 am


I've gotten a few 000-000-0000 numbers: phone companies should ban such an obviously fake number.

I don't worry about the "crazy": anyone who I can actually talk to, I can let them know exactly how I feel. Automated PsOS are fun, too, in some ways: I get a kick out of being redirected from an automated messge to an actual person. Their voices, when I inform them automated calls are illegal in Virginia, are priceless.  ;D
the automated calls not introduced by a live person are illegal here in California too, but the companies & politicians still do it.

Subject: Re: WHAT THE HELL....

Written By: Red Ant on 07/13/07 at 3:59 am


how many times have they called you?  next time answer it and just set the phone down. don't hang up, just leave the line open for about 5 minutes to f*ck with them


25+ in 4 hours. Not even my closest friend in a time of severe crisis would call half as many times.

The thing is they instantly hang up. I cussed them out, I set the phone down, I even said that if this is someone "hacking" the phone they are more pathetic than I ever dreamed of someone having that capability for pathetic-ness. I even considered, for a moment, it was some governmental wire-tap crap, and gave them a piece of my mind, too.

I'm quite used to telemarketers, and ways to screw them. This was of a different nature, and one that, if keeps up, is going to result in a very awful outcome for the person calling me...

Subject: Re: WHAT THE HELL....

Written By: Red Ant on 07/13/07 at 4:03 am


the automated calls not introduced by a live person are illegal here in California too, but the companies & politicians still do it.


Probably because of the same reasons as here: it's only a Class 3 Misdemeanor at best, which is a maximum 500$ fine with no jail time. If I were a politician, automated calls would be a felony... that's probably why I'll never make it as a politician, lol.

Subject: Re: WHAT THE HELL....

Written By: Badfinger-fan on 07/13/07 at 4:04 am


25+ in 4 hours. Not even my closest friend in a time of severe crisis would call half as many times.

The thing is they instantly hang up. I cussed them out, I set the phone down, I even said that if this is someone "hacking" the phone they are more pathetic than I ever dreamed of someone having that capability for pathetic-ness. I even considered, for a moment, it was some governmental wire-tap crap, and gave them a piece of my mind, too.

I'm quite used to telemarketers, and ways to screw them. This was of a different nature, and one that, if keeps up, is going to result in a very awful outcome for the person calling me...
maybe next 25 times don't answer. a ringing phone is annoying also, but the caller gets no satisfaction

Subject: Re: WHAT THE HELL....

Written By: Gis on 07/13/07 at 6:06 am

I had the same problem and it turned out to be a fax machine trying to deliver a fax. It kept redialing because it couldn't connect as mine was just an ordinary phone line, I must admit I did curse the person who had accidentally typed in the wrong number on the fax machine in the first place!!

Subject: Re: WHAT THE HELL....

Written By: quirky_cat_girl on 07/13/07 at 9:08 am

This is why I think that caller ID was one of the greatest inventions. I NEVER answer my phone, unless it is someone that I know and/or a number that I recognize....all others get directly sent to my voicemail.

Subject: Re: WHAT THE HELL....

Written By: Gis on 07/13/07 at 10:15 am

You could also unplug your phone after midnight so you can sleep in peace.

Subject: Re: WHAT THE HELL....

Written By: Southern Image on 07/13/07 at 10:16 am

We screen ALL phone calls, so when the phone rings , our machine announces the phone number or says Unknown Caller. The unknown caller NEVER leaves messages, so we never answer their calls. :D The other day there must have been seven phone calls in a matter of a 5 hour period. The Unknow Caller refuses to leave a message everytime.  

If they can't leave a message saying what it is about, then I don't have to worry myself answering their calls.

Just ignore it !

Subject: Re: WHAT THE HELL....

Written By: Tam on 07/13/07 at 10:27 am

Anonymous Call Rejection          *77

Reject calls from callers who block their caller ID information so their calls don't even ring on your line
    * at the dial tone, press *77
    * a tone or message will confirm that you have activated the feature

To deactivate, at the tone dial *87
(From the front of my Embarq phone book)  ;D

You can also add your number to the Natioanl Do Not Call Registry.
It will take your number from all of the telemarketers and if you receive a call afterwards, they can be fined etc.
Takes about 3 weeks or so for them to remove your number from everyone.

https://www.donotcall.gov/default.aspx

Good luck Red Ant and please, don't hurt anyone yet!!! ;D ;D

Subject: Re: WHAT THE HELL....

Written By: Red Ant on 07/15/07 at 12:39 am

Thanks everyone. Two things I cannot do: leave the ringer off and *77: turns out my new job, with John, see, his number also comes up "Private Name, Private Numer". I was very close to blasting him, but when I heard his voice I was quite happy: I now have a new job, better than my previous one!

What I AM going to do is cancel call waiting. The only reason we had it was because when I was using dial up no one could reach us. Now that I have DSL (soon to be cable), I no longer have a need for it.

All of the calls recieved where while I was on the phone with my friend, and the two second 'dead spots' were very annoying, to say the least. As soon as call waiting is gone, so is the problem.

I'm still curious as to what is calling us: we only get the repeat calls when we are talking to each other, and at very early hours (1-4am). The PN, PN caller never calls at any other time.

Subject: Re: WHAT THE HELL....

Written By: Southern Image on 07/15/07 at 12:33 pm


Thanks everyone. Two things I cannot do: leave the ringer off and *77: turns out my new job, with John, see, his number also comes up "Private Name, Private Numer". I was very close to blasting him, but when I heard his voice I was quite happy: I now have a new job, better than my previous one!

What I AM going to do is cancel call waiting. The only reason we had it was because when I was using dial up no one could reach us. Now that I have DSL (soon to be cable), I no longer have a need for it.

All of the calls recieved where while I was on the phone with my friend, and the two second 'dead spots' were very annoying, to say the least. As soon as call waiting is gone, so is the problem.

I'm still curious as to what is calling us: we only get the repeat calls when we are talking to each other, and at very early hours (1-4am). The PN, PN caller never calls at any other time.


It's Whistledog stalking you ;D ;D ;D

Subject: Re: WHAT THE HELL....

Written By: Howard on 07/15/07 at 7:22 pm


You could also unplug your phone after midnight so you can sleep in peace.




That's a good idea.

Subject: Re: WHAT THE HELL....

Written By: Red Ant on 07/15/07 at 10:12 pm


It's Whistledog stalking you ;D ;D ;D


Probably still trying to sell me his Lawn Jarts!  :D

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