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For those who have had the rogue

  johndrew 15:22 22 Jan 2015

telephone offers to 'fix' contaminated systems and used online support services which were bogus this could be payback time.

The PDF makes interesting reading for those with an urge toward the legal side.

  namtas 10:32 24 Jan 2015

Ditto Pine Man, best purchase for years - sheer bliss

  carver 11:41 24 Jan 2015

spider9 these people are not just some poor person trying to make a living, these people are out to scam you out of your money.

They pray on the people who do not understand computers, the old, the trusting and worst of all people who may have learning disability's.

So please do not even try to defend them, they are not forced at gunpoint to phone people up and try to rip people off.

  bumpkin 12:37 24 Jan 2015

**Impossible with the BT8500!


How can it know who is calling when they use different or witheld numbers most of the time Does it block all international calls? Not criticism just curious as to how it can work.

  Pine Man 12:49 24 Jan 2015


Basically if someone calls you that is not in your list of contacts the phone will not ring but ask the caller to identify themselves and press the hash key. When that is done your phone rings and you hear who is calling you and then you have the several options to either speak to them or deal with the call in other ways by pressing a key.

In other words your phone will never ring unless the caller is in your contacts. You can set the phone to Block specific numbers or specific groups. It sounds a bit complicated but I was surprised how easy it was to set up and how quiet the phone is nowadays.

I did wonder how, shops, for instance would react when calling to let you know that goods were in etc but have had no problems whatsoever. They give their name, your phone rings, you hear there name and press key 1 and talk to them.

  Aitchbee 12:53 24 Jan 2015

Does the BT8500's Call Blocking feature not require that a fee of £1.75 per month is paid to BT for caller display to be activated?

  Al94 13:41 24 Jan 2015

This "certain type of poster" thinks it is you spider9 who needs to grow up and smell the coffee. I suppose you are the sort of person who thinks barbed wire and sundry security measures shouldn't be used in case a criminal gets hurt. My early morning calls stopped and if a criminal suffered ear damage in the process, I care not a jot although it appears highly unlikely due to the volume limitations already alluded to.

  Pine Man 15:15 24 Jan 2015

Does the BT8500's Call Blocking feature not require that a fee of £1.75 per month is paid to BT for caller display to be activated?

I have no idea about BT it used to be free when I was with them but since then I have had o2 and now Sky. I think there is a charge but I have always had it. However you do need caller ID for the BT8500 and I suspect for any other call blocking devices.

  BillSers 04:17 25 Jan 2015

**It's not a matter of saintliness - it's a matter of you possibly causing severe physical damage to an unknown person, for your own gratification. Does any person just doing their job really deserve your vile attempts to injure them? I doubt whether the calls are from the same person every time, it will be a 'call centre' - so why not expend your energy trying to find out who the owners are and attack them rather than the poor sods at the 'frontline' just trying to make a living. Perhaps you've never been in a situation of having to do a lousy job to support yourself/family - in which case you are very lucky, and means there is even less excuse for you to physically attack anyone having to do such a thing. Perhaps taking a course on Anger Management might be a first step for you??**

You condone and support criminal activity do you? Putting the phone down on someone who is trying to extort money, all your personal data and destroy your valuable machine is not going to work. How naive can you get? They'll either keep on persistently pestering you as they did or move on to the next person. The next victim could be a pensioner or someone disabled and could lose all their money, passwords and life savings just because this poor soul is trying to make a living. Really! What world are you living in?

If Anger Management is your answer for me wanting to stop your poor unfortunate criminals who you seem to support then I really don't think that's the answer.

  Blackhat 12:20 25 Jan 2015

These sort of threads turn up on a regular basis with posters giving insight into their ways of dealing with nuisance calls. Things will never change; we will always be subject to these calls. I have friends who go to great lengths to get some sort of gratification from how they handle them. But why? You will not achieve anything!

I never answer my land line, I let the ringing stop then do 1471, if it is withheld or an 08 number I ignore it, if not, I will note the number and call back in my own time.

Meanwhile for a bit of entertainment this is quite amusing.

How to stop telemarketing calls

  carver 12:23 25 Jan 2015

spider9 the point you are missing is that you are wise to these people and put the phone down on them, for some people these scams seem to be a legitimate phone message from say Microsoft.

These people are not bothered about you, what financial position you are in or what distress they may cause to you or your family.

They know exactly what they are doing and are prepared to go to any length to part you from your money.

So I am sorry but how can you defend them at all, they are nothing but thieves.

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