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Freeper information requested - Caller I.D. reads 000-000-0000 (Does this happen to you?)
May 5, 2007 | Self

Posted on 05/05/2007 5:53:05 PM PDT by Las Vegas Dave

I have been receiving calls from 000-000-0000, when I pick up the phone, silence.
I immediately hang up, for I have had telemarketers call, see a FISH on the line, and then begin their sales pitch.

Can anyone offer any information who may be doing this?

(The search websites offer little information.)


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Thanks!

LVD

1 posted on 05/05/2007 5:53:07 PM PDT by Las Vegas Dave
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To: Las Vegas Dave

I get those calls too. The only reason I ever answered it was out of curiosity.


2 posted on 05/05/2007 5:54:33 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

You need to check outside for the black helicopters! (Just kidding)

I’ve seen it too, I don’t answer any calls if I don’t know who is calling. I figure that if it’s important, they will leave a message.


3 posted on 05/05/2007 5:54:59 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

If they are telemarkets heiding their phone numbers, then they are breaking the law.


4 posted on 05/05/2007 5:55:02 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("I AM A SEXY SHOELESS GOD OF WAR!!!" --http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0439.html)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

It’s the CIA.

What are you up too?

;0)


5 posted on 05/05/2007 5:55:12 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Just say no to Brady Bunch Republicans.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Brian Ross, ABC News!


6 posted on 05/05/2007 5:56:25 PM PDT by ishabibble (ALL AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

It’s illegal telemarketing (or, occasionally, illegal bill collection agencies). It’s against the law for anyone to spoof a caller ID, but unfortunately it’s also not very hard to do. Just don’t answer.


7 posted on 05/05/2007 5:56:55 PM PDT by Dont Mention the War (My voting record: Rudy '89, Rudy '93, Rudy '97, Rudy '08. (Why not piss off BOTH sides?))
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To: Las Vegas Dave
Quickly wrap your entire house in tin-foil! Make sure it’s “Shiny Side” out!
8 posted on 05/05/2007 5:57:00 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: wagglebee

I’ve got a 3 second rule. If they don’t start talking within 3 seconds I hang up.


9 posted on 05/05/2007 5:57:01 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave
Those are computer generated calls. The computer records the call and if someone answers, then the company knows when someone is home and available to answer calls.
10 posted on 05/05/2007 5:58:08 PM PDT by paratrooper82 (82 Airborne 1/508th BN "fury from the sky")
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To: Las Vegas Dave

http://privatecitizen.com/caller-id/


11 posted on 05/05/2007 5:58:43 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: EagleUSA

Thanks!


12 posted on 05/05/2007 6:01:24 PM PDT by Las Vegas Dave (HDTV ping list, please FReepmail me if you would like your name added.)
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To: cripplecreek

The 1st thing I do is ask their name and home phone #. They usually hang up.


13 posted on 05/05/2007 6:01:53 PM PDT by umgud ("When seconds count, the police are just 10 minutes away!")
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Block that number.

Let’s check Google and see if anyone else has this problem.

Oh yeppers.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22000-000-0000%22&btnG=Google+Search


14 posted on 05/05/2007 6:03:10 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Can you block calls that come from that number????


15 posted on 05/05/2007 6:03:22 PM PDT by MadelineZapeezda (Madeline Albright ZaPeezda)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

If the mystery dialer is just fishing to see when somebody picks up, you will probably get a follow up call by a live human trying to sell you gawd-knows-what.

When an actual human calls you, and as soon as they start their spiel, interrupt them and tell them in an irritated voice ‘THIS is a multiplexed data communications T1 line and you are interfering with federally regulated voice data transmittals, remove this number from your list immediately!’

Most of the time, you’ll get a sheepish ‘oh, I’m sorry’ and they won’t call back.

:)


16 posted on 05/05/2007 6:03:24 PM PDT by mkjessup (Jan 20, 2009 - "We Don't Know. Where Rudy Went. Just Glad He's Not. The President. Burma Shave.")
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To: Las Vegas Dave

I get those too!!

I just don’t pick them up. If they don’t want to tell me who they are, I don’t want to talk to them.


17 posted on 05/05/2007 6:04:33 PM PDT by TruthConquers (Delenda est publius schola.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

18 posted on 05/05/2007 6:04:54 PM PDT by South40 (Amnesty for ILLEGALS Is A Slap In The Face To The USBP!!)
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To: Las Vegas Dave
Have gotten those and the very notorious “UNavailable” and I’m also unavailable.....I usually click on the phone and put it by the stereo so they can listen to music.
19 posted on 05/05/2007 6:05:21 PM PDT by ustanker (Secure the border!)
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To: MadelineZapeezda

I cannot block any calls outside my local calling area.


20 posted on 05/05/2007 6:09:04 PM PDT by YOUGOTIT (The Greatest Threat to our Security is the US Senate)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Whoever it is, you can bet he’s a real zero!


21 posted on 05/05/2007 6:09:55 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (Were those magic grits?)
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If you receive a call from 000-000-0000, pick up but remain silent. You’ll likely be able to hold that connection for a long time as long as you make no noise, otherwise, you’ll trigger the next available marketer to give you their pitch.
I hang up with speaking.

Report these caller ID hidden numbers or 000-000-0000 calls to the FCC https://esupport.fcc.gov/form1088/consumer.do


22 posted on 05/05/2007 6:09:59 PM PDT by N4EF ( . . . Tom Tancredo: our next best hope.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave
There is a website (sorry I don't have it handy) that demonstrates how you can make a call showing ANY phone number and any name to anyone. I put in "Mickey Mouse" and a number of "777-666-5555" when I tested it and sure enough that's how the call showed up in a second or two on my home phone.

The problem is people are trusting the Caller ID name to legitimize that it really is their bank or whatever and they should be educated that Caller ID is completely unreliable.
23 posted on 05/05/2007 6:12:50 PM PDT by JayNorth
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To: Las Vegas Dave
Land lines have been taken over by tele marketers.

Telemarketers are scum, and they are right down there with Lawyers, and Collection Agencies.

I really want to get rid of my personal land line, but some of the older folks in my life, simply cannot deal with such radical action.

More than 90 percent of the incoming calls to my home phone are garbage calls, and one of these days, I am going to do something about it that will make a difference.

I have no idea what that could be, but at least I said it here, and that little bit of release, has just made this a better day for me.

24 posted on 05/05/2007 6:19:29 PM PDT by Radix (I live my life like there is no yesterday!)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

“000-000-0000 “

I picked it up once and god said I just won a lotto in africa...


25 posted on 05/05/2007 6:25:58 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (shoot low, they are riding Shetlands..)
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To: Radix
I am going to do something about it that will make a difference.

Cancel the land line and get the cell phone, give the new number to all your friends and relatives, tell them (the older folks) you will be easier to contact! (That should work for you!)

With our cell phone we can be anywhere in the U.S., and for the folks back home, it is a local call for them to reach us!

26 posted on 05/05/2007 6:26:47 PM PDT by Las Vegas Dave (HDTV ping list, please FReepmail me if you would like your name added.)
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To: wagglebee
I’ve seen it too, I don’t answer any calls if I don’t know who is calling. I figure that if it’s important, they will leave a message.

I take it one more step. I have Caller-ID, but I have not enabled voicemail on my land line (I do use it on my cell-phone, which is unlisted).

I will not answer a call from a number I don't know, period. Of course, that includes 800 numbers, and anything which reads "unknown caller" or "number blocked" on the Caller-ID display.

When I leave my house, upon return, I'll scroll through the Caller-ID record, and return the calls of folks I know. But really, anyone who knows me knows my mobile number, and they've figured out that they have a better chance of reaching me if they call there.

Caller-ID, when used logically, is a great invention. Would you open your front door without looking to see who is knocking? If so, why on earth would anyone answer an anonymous phone call?

27 posted on 05/05/2007 6:33:08 PM PDT by southernnorthcarolina (These are my principals. If you don't like them, I have others.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave
Nope, I get "Unknown caller."

That's enough to not answer.

28 posted on 05/05/2007 6:34:17 PM PDT by #1CTYankee (That's right, I have no proof. So what of it??)
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To: southernnorthcarolina

I spend half my day at work on the phone, for the most part I don’t speak to anyone when I’m at home.


29 posted on 05/05/2007 6:37:32 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee
The current one, on our home Land-line, is a recorded message for a specific person, with our Last Name. It asks us to press a number or number string IF that person is unknown to us.

Is this VALID? Or should we hang up?

30 posted on 05/05/2007 6:55:07 PM PDT by PizzaDriver (an heinleinian/libertarian)
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To: wagglebee
The current one, on our home Land-line, is a recorded message for a specific person, with our Last Name. It asks us to press a number or number string IF that person is unknown to us.

Is this VALID? Or should we hang up?

31 posted on 05/05/2007 6:55:19 PM PDT by PizzaDriver (an heinleinian/libertarian)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

It is usually a phone card.


32 posted on 05/05/2007 7:04:37 PM PDT by MamaB
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Telemarketers use automated “dialers” that call lists of phone numbers that they usually purchased from other telemarketers, or your credit card company.

Once you answer, the dialer transfers the call to an available agent who will provide the sales pitch du jour. The pause is the call getting tranferred. Sometimes you’ll go into a queue or your call will get dropped because the queue is full.


33 posted on 05/05/2007 7:05:44 PM PDT by Doohickey (FreeRepublic: We’ve cleared the decks for battle.)
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To: Radix
More than 90 percent of the incoming calls to my home phone are garbage calls

Have you tried the national "Do Not Call" list?   I used to get a lot of telemarketing calls, but after I got on that list I don't get any at all.  It's a huge fine if a telemarketer calls someone who is on that list.

 

34 posted on 05/05/2007 7:15:20 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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I rarely have my glasses on when answering the phone, hence I couldn't read the ID, but if it's a telemarketer I immediately say "wait just a moment" and then throw the phone under a pillow or in a drawer.  You'd be amazed how long some of these people will stay on the line.

35 posted on 05/05/2007 7:18:23 PM PDT by HawaiianGecko (A word to the wise ain't necessary -- it's the stupid ones that need the advice.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

One reason you might get silence is because alot of these places the telemarketer (or market research interviewer if its a poll or survey) does not actually dial the phone number - the computer dials the phone number. These computers are usually slow computers and the number is dialed and you’ve picked up the phone and said hello before the intro page shows up on the telemarketers computer. So there seems to be a few seconds of delay there. I used to work at a market research firm and that was how they did it there.


36 posted on 05/05/2007 7:25:00 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule (Good News everyone!!!! It's baseball season!!!!!)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

LVD,

This is probably not the explanation in your case but the internet phone service “SkypeOut” also comes up as 000-000-0000 when I tested it on my telephone last year.

This may have changed since (the SkypeOut service is no longer free) but just so everybody knows that 000-000-0000 does not automatically means telemarketer.

Chris.


37 posted on 05/05/2007 7:27:34 PM PDT by albertanconservative
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To: HawaiianGecko
You'd be amazed how long some of these people will stay on the line.

The big disadvantage that I see with this plan is that when you do this your line will be tied up, and Raquel Welch won't be able to get through when she calls!

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38 posted on 05/05/2007 7:28:14 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: cripplecreek
****I’ve got a 3 second rule. If they don’t start talking within 3 seconds I hang up.***

...or if they butcher your last name. LOL!

39 posted on 05/05/2007 7:33:41 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule (Good News everyone!!!! It's baseball season!!!!!)
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To: Las Vegas Dave
Cancel the land line and get the cell phone,

You know, that sounded like a great idea until the other day when a tornado came through my community. I couldn't make a call with the wireless (I called the neighbors to see if they wanted to join me in the storm shelter), but my land line worked fine.

Most of the time, wireless is just fine. YMMV.

40 posted on 05/05/2007 7:40:02 PM PDT by Stegall Tx (...but the EVDO (cellular-based internet connection) stayed up throughout.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

You can program a PBX to display whatever Caller ID you want. The telemarketers use a phone system which automates the calls and integrates the sales software for whatever crap they are selling. If its a series of Zeros, its a telemarketer. Unfortunately, the only way to find out who they are and bust them is to pretend to buy something to the extent that you can get a name or address from them so you can report them to the FTC violating the do-not-call list.


41 posted on 05/05/2007 7:43:20 PM PDT by bpjam (Harry Reid doesn't represent me. I'm an American!)
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To: Stoat

“Have you tried the national “Do Not Call” list? I used to get a lot of telemarketing calls, but after I got on that list I don’t get any at all. It’s a huge fine if a telemarketer calls someone who is on that list.”

The law is ignored and there are loopholes.
Something I have done is to answer a few. I ask why they do comply with the do not call list?
That seems to reduce the number of calls.
The automated calls should be outlawed, it is criminal that a company is allowed to have a computer dial peoples homes.


42 posted on 05/05/2007 7:46:19 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Never bring a knife to a gun fight, or a Democrat to do serious work...)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

Agreed on all counts, but for me the bottom line is that in my case at least, it has worked remarkably well. I almost never get unwanted calls.


43 posted on 05/05/2007 7:48:32 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Oh, getting back to your original question, you may want to check into a service that Verizon offered called “Personal Secretary”. I’m sure every major local provider has something similar. It was $6 per month and would intercept unknown calls or calls that you blocked. It would give the originator the opportunity to state their name, the name would be delivered to you, and you could decide whether to accept the call or not.

I have used the service, but, as with others, I bought a wireless and almost everyone who needs to speak to me knows they can get through to me on the wireless. I haven’t yet dropped the land line, and I am considering it, though the storms a couple of weeks ago are making me reconsider. Again.


44 posted on 05/05/2007 7:48:47 PM PDT by Stegall Tx (I'm not advertising, though I do own some VZ stock...)
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To: Grizzled Bear
Quickly wrap your entire house in tin-foil!

And don't forget to hire the "Tin-Foil Security Service Inc."

They can send over their specially equipped guard.


45 posted on 05/05/2007 7:49:14 PM PDT by ASA Vet (Pray for the deliberately ignorant.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Go here:

http://whocalled.us/

Put in the number, and it’ll pop up with other people’s comments that received calls from that number. I plugged in 000-000-0000 and got a return for “Vici Financial”.


46 posted on 05/05/2007 7:51:46 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Some people are like slinkys, the idea of them tumbling down a flight of stairs makes you smile.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

It’s Osama Bin-Laden trying to strike out as best he can from his cave with crank phone calls.


47 posted on 05/05/2007 7:57:19 PM PDT by Reaganesque
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To: southernnorthcarolina

My cell phone is actually under my business name. And it is on the telemarketer do not call list. Since my business involves a lot of emergency technical support for refineries, pipelines, and utilities, I have another way of getting repeat offenders of the do not call list. They get dunned for one full day of services (at field service emergency call out rate). It is NOT cheap!


48 posted on 05/05/2007 8:00:12 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (Liberalism is a mental disorder)
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To: Reaganesque

49 posted on 05/05/2007 8:02:16 PM PDT by ASA Vet (Pray for the deliberately ignorant.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave
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50 posted on 05/05/2007 8:15:47 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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