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Number Withheld

Our landline number is Registered with the Telephone Preference Service to not receive Cold Calls. We still get them from e.g. Indian call centres.

Usually, their number is withheld. Is there a device which can recognise that a number has been withheld and block the call?

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Re: Number Withheld

I get a few "Number Withheld" calls that are from people I know. If they are in my phones "list" their name is displayed and it gets answered.

Most "Cold Calls" have a number that is displayed so people answer it...

As soon as I determine I don't want to talk to them I say good bye. If it's an auto voice I hang up.

As soon as there's a way to block/stop them they change methods. A simple "No Thanks - Good Bye" is really really cheap.

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I get a few "Number Withheld" calls that are from people I know. If they are in my phones "list" their name is displayed and it gets answered.

Most "Cold Calls" have a number that is displayed so people answer it...

As soon as I determine I don't want to talk to them I say good bye. If it's an auto voice I hang up.

As soon as there's a way to block/stop them they change methods. A simple "No Thanks - Good Bye" is really really cheap.

It's the disruptive element I object to. I didn't answer the last one as I had a heavy, hot roasting dish I was handling at the time.

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I get a few "Number Withheld" calls that are from people I know. If they are in my phones "list" their name is displayed and it gets answered.

If the number is withheld how does your phone know who it's from?

We have a BT call blocking phone and it has reduced the annoyance but is not a complete solution.

Unfortunately many organisations these days (like my GP and the local hospital) whom you would want to accept calls from use "withheld numbers" so simply blocking all such calls can be a problem.

Calls from overseas cold callers we block by setting the phone to block all overseas calls. This is ok if, like me you no longer have overseas relatives or expect overseas calls but otherwise it would be a problem.
For persistent cold callers that do give a number after the first call I can save the number in a "block calls" list which is very effective.

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That blocking of all overseas calls sounds good. How do you go about it?

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Peter,

That blocking of all overseas calls sounds good. How do you go about it?

Harold
It's a feature/ one of the options of the phone which is a BT6500 Nuisance Call Blocker which is similar to the one in Johnheatingman's post. The phone gives you the options to block calls which are any or all of : International, Witheld Number, No Caller ID or Payphone. To use these facilities you need to have the "Caller Display" facility included in your BT phone contract.

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ps. The BT8500 seems to have some additional features to mine. http://www.shop.bt.com/products/bt85...twin-9M2R.html
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If the number is withheld how does your phone know who it's from?
My guess is that if there is a match with the number in the phones list, it displays the name associated with it.
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Re: Number Withheld

Occasionally, if I have the time, I use them as a source of entertainment.

Last week I had one of those calls from "Microsoft" (that's a laugh - as if Microsoft would even care) about the viruses detected on my computer.....

"Thanks for calling," I said, "I do have problems with a virus, what do I need to do?"

"Just log on to your computer," replied Jill, with her dusky Asian accent.

Minutes passed and eventually she asked what was happening.

"It's displaying a load of random words and numbers and seem to be stuck," I said.

"Okay, just restart your computer," she advised me, followed after a while by "What is happening now?"

I explained that I had a blank blue screen, for which she instructed another restart.

When she next enquired about my progress I said, "Ah, now I've got that virus, it's a message purporting to be from the Metropolitan Police informing me that my computer has been used for illegal purposes and that it has been locked until I pay a fine of 100."

"Just cancel out of that," she said.

"I can't," I replied, "my computer is locked and won't respond until I pay 100 with my credit card. I believe it's called ransomware, what should I do?"

"You could just pay the fine," she suggested.

"But I don't want to do that," I said, "it's obviously a scam and I was hoping you'd help me fix it, after all you are a Microsoft expert."

"Leave it with me and I'll call you back in an hour," she said before hanging up. Funny, I'm still waiting for her call........
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Re: Number Withheld

We use a unit from Truecall, blocks unavailable, withheld and foreign calls if you want, can also block any numbers you program it to. Plus lots more. We are very pleased with it.

Take a look on their website for different options available. www.truecall.co.uk i think.

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Re: Number Withheld

There are answering devices that ask the caller to enter their number onto the keypad, scam callers are less likely to do than real callers, but I do not know the name of the device.
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Re: Number Withheld

I don't answer 'number withheld' calls. If it is important, they will leave a message.
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I don't answer 'number withheld' calls. If it is important, they will leave a message.
Thats my way of thinking as well
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There are answering devices that ask the caller to enter their number onto the keypad, scam callers are less likely to do than real callers, but I do not know the name of the device.
Truecall can ask the caller his/her name then rings the phone and tellls you who is calling, you can accept or reject the call.

There is also an option where the caller has to enter a pass code to get put through.

Our Truecall unit acts as our answering machine as well, all international, withheld, unavalable and zapped calls get sent to the answering machine, without ringing the phone.

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Re: Number Withheld

My BT8500 phone has Truecall built in. So far it's been 100% reliable and is frankly a godsend as I was getting dozens of nuisance calls. It was fun looking at the blocked calls list and seeing how many pests had been rejected but interestingly, that list is getting shorter. I suspect after several blocked attempts these pests may delete my number from their database as they know they're wasting their time and mondy trying to call me.

The "announced call" feature whereby unknown numbers are asked to say their name and press # is genius (the NHS do indeed use withheld numbers - why?) as genuine callers get through quite easily.
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I bought a "Call Saint" from Amazon for 30, works really well and is programmable and works on any phone line.

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