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Gary Rose: Tips when seeing suspected fake phone numbers

In response to: Comments re article 93577 Reader asks how telemarketers are faking with local numbers
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By Gary Rose

As said by another reader it is done with software. My solution to telemarketers is very simple.

If the number is not in my contact list and the caller ID does not give a name I don't answer it.

When the caller is someone who really wants to get a hold of me they will leave a message on my voice mail. Telemarketers do not leave messages very often.


Yes sometimes their computer will start their message, but it will hang up when there is not action, a key press or voice, from you. Furthermore, I don't call back numbers of missed calls on my caller ID that:
1.) I don't know number.
2.) Didn't leave a message.
The reason for this is they are either wrong numbers or telemarketers.

If the same number shows up multiple times without a message, I will add that number to my blocked numbers. This can be done with both your land lines and cell phones.

Instructions for the land line are in the phone book and for cell phones many have the feature to send the call to voice mail without ringing. - Gary Rose


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