Skip to comments.Freeper information requested - Caller I.D. reads 000-000-0000 (Does this happen to you?)
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.)
I get those calls too. The only reason I ever answered it was out of curiosity.
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.
If they are telemarkets heiding their phone numbers, then they are breaking the law.
It’s the CIA.
What are you up too?
Brian Ross, ABC News!
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.
I’ve got a 3 second rule. If they don’t start talking within 3 seconds I hang up.
The 1st thing I do is ask their name and home phone #. They usually hang up.
Block that number.
Let’s check Google and see if anyone else has this problem.
Can you block calls that come from that number????
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.
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.
I cannot block any calls outside my local calling area.
Whoever it is, you can bet he’s a real zero!
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
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.
I picked it up once and god said I just won a lotto in africa...
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!
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?
That's enough to not answer.
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.
Is this VALID? Or should we hang up?
Is this VALID? Or should we hang up?
It is usually a phone card.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
...or if they butcher your last name. LOL!
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
And don't forget to hire the "Tin-Foil Security Service Inc."
They can send over their specially equipped guard.
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”.
It’s Osama Bin-Laden trying to strike out as best he can from his cave with crank phone calls.
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!