i had one once, a couple of years ago. i picked up the phone to make a call, and there was a bloke who sounded like manuel from fawlty towers rabbiting on about a holiday i had won, i had read somewhere that if you press a number it bills you, so i pulled the socket out the wall and when i plugged it back in (the next day) manuel was still there! he had gone when i got back from work, never happened since, and i didnt get charged anything. it was obvious it was a machine of some sort.
Yeah! These sort of spammers are flipping annoying. Luckily (?) I didn't press any buttons though.
It just galls me that there is some secret way into my answerphone that has bypassed the phone even having to ring; and I was just wondering how they can do it and if there was some telephone genius out there who knew how it could be done.
I know if you have a phone/fax (if anyone still has them) that the fax sends a tone on the line to tell your machine that it is a fax and not a phone. But to get straight into the answerphone...?
I know some answerphones can be accessed remotely using a series of tones, one of the companies I used to work for had one of these things you could squawk down the phone line at it to access various things, I thought the phone would have to ring first before you could use it though.