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30th Jan 2013, 11:29
I have been getting nuisance phone calls from 442078700199 on and off for some months. If I answer the phone there is a short silence and then a female automated voice says "goodbye" and then the line goes dead. Calls to the number return as "service not in use" whatever that means. A quick trawl of the www says that this is happening to a lot of people.

I just called my phone provider and it seems that they are onto it, they will soon offer users the facility to block individual phone numbers. Currently they allow for all numbers that fail to show the caller ID to be blocked but for good reasons, some of my customers withhold their phone numbers and I don't want to miss out on too many work opportunities.


30th Jan 2013, 11:36
02078700199 - who calls me from 02078700199? 1/3 (http://whocallsme.com/Phone-Number.aspx/02078700199)

30th Jan 2013, 11:36
If you Google 02078700199, you get quite a few hits. It seems to be quite a nuisance for lots of folk.

30th Jan 2013, 13:19
Yes, they called me once. But only once.


30th Jan 2013, 13:30
They haven't called me yet but thanks for the heads up - like Sallyann the number is now in my TrueCall device. Best money I've ever spent!

30th Jan 2013, 13:30
95!!!!!!! That is more than the line rental AND 24/7 phone calls cost me each year.


30th Jan 2013, 13:32
Cheaper from Amazon.
And I can assure you that the pleasure you get from 'zapping' yet another caller is worth every penny!

30th Jan 2013, 13:35
There is another way of dealing with nuisance phone calls but it's not as, erm, humane as other methods. I've actually tried it, it works well and costs little.

Go and buy yourself an air horn. The type semi trucks use.

The next time a nuisance call comes in let loose with the air horn. I guarantee they'll never call back. It will be impossible for that person to do so because he or she will be deaf until his or her last breath on the earth.

30th Jan 2013, 13:42
Most of those calls are now computer-generated, so you'll have to hold on and go through the procedure to get to a human you can blast. That human doesn't have the ability to remove your number from future calling, and is unlikely to want to after you have blasted him.
Also bear in mind that the phone system has limiters to prevent excessive levels.

30th Jan 2013, 13:45
Back in the old days, a police whistle worked just as well....but only if there was a person on the other end! These days, most of these nuisance calls are automatic and applying a bunch of decibels doesn't help. Answering machines are good...if it's not a number you recognise, leave it to the machine and it goes away; never leaves a message, either! If it's someone who really wants to talk to you, they'll leave a message and you can contact them.

If you want to!!

30th Jan 2013, 14:19
ive been getting loads just lately on my mobile from two numbers in ghana,i never answer any unknown numbers and just let them ring,on one occasion a woman left a message saying she had a missed call from my number (not true) and to call back asap. which i didnt, but still the calls come, sometimes two or three a day for days and then none for a week or so.
i asked my provider if they could block the numbers but they said they couldn't.
a friend then told me of a free call blocker app which i downloaded to my phone,so now it dosen't ring but it does show me how many times they tried to call (15 so far and counting). they never seem to give up..

30th Jan 2013, 14:23
Depending on my mood and other constraints at the time, I tend to answer and waste their time with silly questions. This is highly amusing if you are with friends, for example, and you pass the phone round the table!

A A Gruntpuddock
30th Jan 2013, 15:20
I think a lot of these automated calls are simply a cheap way to find out if someone is likely to answer the phone at that time.

Then they know when to get a human to call.

Cyber Bob
30th Jan 2013, 15:41
This amuses me,
CB - 'Hello'
Caller - "Yah de yah"
CB - "Just got to take something off the stove, can you bear wth me a moment"
Caller - "Sure"
CB - (As loud as poss) - "Arrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggggh"
Caller - "Drrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr"

CB - "Hello"
Caller - "Can I ask you.................."
CB - Interrupting, "Sure but before you do - can I ask you a question?"
Caller - "Sure"
CB -"Have you spoken with him today?"
Caller - "Who"
CB - "God, have you spoken to him?"
Caller - Drrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Try them - works for me. Even got CB Jnr wanting to pick up next time!!

Childish? - Hell yes, amusing? - You betcha!:ok:

30th Jan 2013, 17:21
Tell them you ave a superb set of "Antique golf clubs in the loft" and if they wait 30 mins or so you will them down - I had a supervisor go ballistic on me with this one.- And this one "There's a policeman standing next to me" has dramatic effects.

The further up the chain you can get - the more disruptive you can become.


30th Jan 2013, 17:38
Spooky or what . I was reading this thread when guess what the phone rang,so as is my want I wind them up with the "Your call has been transferred to me in Barbados." Sorry to have bothered you sir.

Billy Bunter
30th Jan 2013, 17:41
Also, if they are calling your mobile, simply add that number to your 'reject list'. Job done. :ok:

30th Jan 2013, 17:44
Best response I heard of was 'can you hang on a minute, I'm masturbating' :suspect:

30th Jan 2013, 17:49
I go 'Hello' and let them speak then at a suitable pause I go 'Hello' and they then speak and again at a suitable pause go 'Hello' like I cant hear them, but it is obvious I can as I wait for the pause,

In the meantime I can still watch telly or do PPRuNe on the laptop, so I have not wasted my time

Most eventually, record is 8 Hello's, get the message and tell me to go forth and multiply

30th Jan 2013, 17:54
If they are female, I ask if they are calling about taking up an advertised job working as a prostitute in a brothel abroad.

Male callers occasionally get asked if they are calling about taking up a job as a male prostitute in a gay brothel abroad.......unless I put the 'phone down on them.

For some strange reason, that gets rid of them.....100% success so far.

30th Jan 2013, 17:54
txdmy1 - keyboard moment there mate, thanks. :ok:

Not only funny, but genuinely useful! :D

Cornish Jack
30th Jan 2013, 17:56
Call Blocker works a treat - got mine in a local Charity Shop (25). Best charitable deed in a long time. Sits between phone and answer machine and requires that caller dial a further 5 to get through. Humans can, automatics can't. Job done:ok:

30th Jan 2013, 17:56
Another treatment is to repeat everything that they say, or just answer yes or no either randomly or alternately.

green granite
30th Jan 2013, 18:38
When I get one of the 'I'm from Microsoft' calls my latest isto say hold on you need to talk to the IT bloke and shout 'Fred' at the top of my voice directly into the mouthpiece then say he'll be here in a moment and drop the phone on the table.

30th Jan 2013, 19:08
If I had one who said he was from Microsoft, I would ask if he had tried Viagra or Cialis..........

30th Jan 2013, 19:16
My answer machine is now left permanently on. If the incoming number isn't recognised it doesn't get past the answer machine.

I just like the thought of them wasting their money.

Milo Minderbinder
30th Jan 2013, 19:30
blowing a whistle or horn down the phone is a waste of time
Health & safety caught on to that one years ago, and most phone systems now have acoustic overload inhibitors to protect the employees ears
In the UK and I believe Europe its a legal requirement

30th Jan 2013, 19:35
In a recent court-case in Germany, someone who used a whistle had to pay several thousand Euros damages(maybe more, can't remember ) because the operator had evidence of damaged hearing.

30th Jan 2013, 20:45
none of the "get even" methods are any use if there is never a human on the other end. All I get is the automated goodbye, click, burrrr..........

4 times today, so far.


A A Gruntpuddock
30th Jan 2013, 21:01
"drop the phone on the table" - if they sound pushy that is what I do - just leave it until they close the call.

Billy Bunter
30th Jan 2013, 21:20
What I don't get is what is the purpose of these calls that don't engage you? To ensure that there is a living breathing person at the other end of the line so that they can sell your number on, or...?

30th Jan 2013, 21:54
What is it that stops you saying "no thanks, goodbye" and hanging up? I find that's just as effective as many of the long-winded ploys noted above claim to be. Have you nothing better to do with your time? No, don't answer that :)

31st Jan 2013, 09:14
axefurabz, I suspect most of us do have better things to do, which is why it's such a PITA having to stop what you're doing, go to the 'phone and deal with the cold calls. I find that putting the 'phone in front of the radio tuned to Planet Rock and walking away tends to discourage future calls.

31st Jan 2013, 09:42
I just put the phone down. Have some sympathy for the poor sod on the other end, but no sympathy for the jerks they work for.

Why do you get the automated goodbye? They estimate the number of calls that will be completed and staff to this estimate. If they get it wrong - you get the goodbye. They think this won't irritate you, or will irritate you less than just ending the call. They are wrong, but then again they weren't going to sell to you anyway.

Got the Microsoft guy a few months ago. I said (truthfully), but I've got a Macintosh. He put the phone down on me.