stopping am phone calls
April 30, 2012 11:36 AM Subscribe
Is it possible to stop unwanted phone calls when it seems no one is on the other end? The call is coming to our landline (home phone), and we don't have caller id, an answering machine, or any kind of special machine or service that can identify or filter out the calls. This has been an ongoing issue for a few weeks.
posted by Mael Oui to technology (15 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
We've been receiving morning phone calls around the same time every day for a few weeks. The phone calls wake us up daily, though, I suppose it's not really an unreasonable time (9:30-10:30 hour). When I've answered, no one has been on the line, but the call stays active for at least a minute before clicking off. We're on the Do Not Call list, but we've started to receive recorded messages to get around some kind of loophole in the past year. We've also been hounded by calls from an alleged charity that my Mom has contributed to in the past. When we get those calls, I've been put through to a real person, and I've declined donating and asked to have our number removed from their list. That hasn't happened, but I'm not sure if there's a connection between the AM calls and the charity. Our number definitely seems to be on a scheduled auto-dialer and either the recording isn't starting up when I answer or, perhaps, my call isn't being processed and sent to a live telemarketer.
My complaint mostly stems from the fact that it happens every day, that it wakes us up unnecessarily, and there's no foreseeable way to get the calls to stop. What I'm wondering is:
1) Does anyone have any insight into what this is (beyond my own guess)?
2) Is there any kind of hack or hint (like punching in a secret series of numbers that would make the recording start or transfer me to a/the person responsible for the call)? Any solutions beyond getting a paid service with the phone company, a machine to id or filter the call, or not answering the phone? Obviously, I'm aware of those options. Dropping the landline or turning off the phone/silencing the ringer are not options. What would you do (beyond those options listed above that I'm aware of or have ruled out)? As I said, if it weren't so early, I would just ignore it and not answer, but I'm getting irritated by the unwelcomed daily wake up call. Ultimately I would LIKE to get these phone calls to stop. Thanks in advance for any responses!