I know someone who's getting harassing calls and emails. The angry, mentally
unstable harasser says "I'll call the police and have you arrested". Even
though, there's no crime committed (by the victim). The calls are getting a
I'm thinking there's got to be some way to divert this unstable person's
attention. Give him something more interesting to do. Judo move, back away
and let the attacker hurt himself.
With the collective wisdom of this group, there has to be some creative
answer. I thought of sending the angry harasser an email from a disposable
account (Hotmail?) and provoke the person. Tempt him to make some angry
phone calls (to the number in the signature box?). Number of what? Flower
shop? Fire department? Gay bar?
Need some ideas, folks.
*57 will log even caller ID blocked calls for the phone company to
Most modern phones have the ability to block incoming calls by number
or all those lacking caller ID info.
why is the caller upset?
You said you know:
Date: Sun, 11 Dec 2011 08:25:24 -0500
"The caller has aparently done this to others, also."
H o w d i d i t b e c o m e a p p a r e n t...?
If you leave enough quoted text, maybe I'll know what you are asking. Now
that you have done so, I can answer. The victim has heard from other people
in the same social network, who have been harassed.
I had a friend tell me that she had a neighbor who was making
harassing calls to her husband and other male neighbors. The guy was
accusing these guys of molesting his wife, and threatening to call the
police. She dealt with it by picking up the phone next time he called
and telling him to leave hubby alone or she'd come over accompanied by
all the other women in the neighborhood, plus the cops, and deal with
him then and there. The calls stopped.
Seriously, tell your friend to file a police report. It won't
necessarily do anything about stopping it, but oftentimes the police
tend to give more credence to the party that complained first. So if
this caller is threatening people with the police, call the cops
first. For all you know, the cops will end up telling you this person
has a history of doing this. Maybe they're looking for someone willing
to file a complaint.
Some of us refuse to pay extra for caller ID, just like we refused to
pay extra for touch-tone back in the day. Ma Bell has a lot of balls
charging for a data stream that is in the switch anyway, and actually
costs them more to NOT provide to the end of the local loop. We also
decline to buy modern disposable phones.
I'd also save a good number of the harrasing messages.
With caller ID, I assume the person is not receiving them
directly, but instead they are left on an answering machine.
Get a good number that show the scope of the messages
and then take them to the police.
The person could also
file for a restraining order. Then the harraser would either
have to show up in court to defend themselves or they would
most likely get one by default. At that point if there is proof
of any further contact the police can just arrest them immediately
I agree with the others about police involvement. If the victim has nothing
to hide, let the police handle it.
On a side note, when the harasser calls again, keep a nice loud airhorn next
to the phone and put it to the mouthpiece when he calls. His ears will be
ringing for a long time after that.
I've put on call block a few times. With Verizon, here, it costs an
extra $5 per month and you can block up to 10 numbers. Had to do it to
an annoying neighbor last summer but she was not threatening. Removed
it in the fall and she has not called since. Guess she found others to
My $50[?]-for-4-handsets phones can block numbers. [10?-20?]
It works nicely for the idiotic sales-droids who don't notice that I'm
on all the do-not-call lists. By the time I'm up to the limit
they've probably already gotten a new number.
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