In western NY, it used to be you could pick up the phone and dial 511. The
computer would tell you your phone number.
Some other parts of the state, it was 993, or 998.
Now, 511 isn't working. What else to try?
The work - around is to carry a cell phone with Call ID, and call the cell
phone. See what number shows on the screen. But what other number might be
the "get your number" number?
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| In western NY, it used to be you could pick up the phone and dial 511. The
| computer would tell you your phone number.
| Some other parts of the state, it was 993, or 998.
| Now, 511 isn't working. What else to try?
| The work - around is to carry a cell phone with Call ID, and call the cell
| phone. See what number shows on the screen. But what other number might be
| the "get your number" number?
| Christopher A. Young
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What am I missing? You don't know your own phone #?
Not everywhere. Once I was a guest at a friend's cottage and had not
been told the phone number, but I wanted to let my office know where
to reach me. The operator (Bell Canada, in Ontario) was prohibited by
policy from telling me the number from which I was calling. I'm sure a
lot of people want their number private, even from houseguests,
I don't know if the number was unlisted. That may have made a
At the time nobody I knew (including the office) had caller-id.
Not sure if this is an urban legend or not, but I heard it from a
police officer at our local community meeting: Burglar enters and
steals valuables including victim's checkbook. While in victim's
house, burglar telephones the phone company and orders call-forwarding
to accomplice's telephone number. Burglar writes check for almost the
entire balance and presents it to bank. Bank telephones victim's
number to verify the check, and accomplice obliges.
Proposed solution: make sure your telephone company attaches a
password to your phone line so that evil doers cannot do evil.
Paul in San Francisco
Probably not impossible, but some details seem problematic:
- Whenever I've dealt with the phone company to change services, they
ask for info to identify myself. Granted, a burgler with full access
to my paperwork might have sufficient info.
- Ditto the bank.
- Have you ever had the bank phone you to verify a check? I never
have. Perhaps some do. (This means that the whole phone forwarding
scheme is quite needless; just stealing a checkbook and practicing the
victim's signature is quite enough. In fact, in many cases, the sig
doesn't even have to be a good likeness). I presume the check is made
out to cash, or to an alias for which the bad guy has ID.
- The scheme puts the accomplice's phone number in the phone company's
records. Not smart.
However, I have heard that very similar schemes are known to exist, in
which bad guys find a little-used voice mailbox at some company, and
record the greeting to say "YES ... YES ... YES". They then place
third-party-billed calls to far-away places (there is a large black
market for this kind of thing, not least in the drug trade). Many
phone companies today use computerized voice recognition when they
dial the third party for validation.
So regardless of the possible holes in the exact scenario, the
take-home message to protect your phone and voicemail services is well
1-800-444-4444 works for me, but would it work if outgoing Caller ID
were turned off? I don't recall the key sequence, but I am sure that
there is a way of calling "anonymously" -- either always or for a
On 09/16/04 01:44 pm PrecisionMachinisT put fingers to keyboard and
launched the following message into cyberspace:
| 1-800-444-4444 works for me, but would it work if outgoing Caller ID
| were turned off? I don't recall the key sequence, but I am sure that
| there is a way of calling "anonymously" -- either always or for a
| particular call.
| On 09/16/04 01:44 pm PrecisionMachinisT put fingers to keyboard and
| launched the following message into cyberspace:
| > This function is called "ani".......
| > 1-800-444-4444
| > 1-800-532-7486
| > 1-800-314-4258
*67 is the key sequence used to block caller ID in our area. Even when
calling *67-1-800-444-4444 I am able to retrieve my phone # via a computer
Im curious if it works with the different cell phone providers--thinking it
might only resolve as far as the provider's CO number in some instances, and
so would like to hear from anyone has tried this with cell service.
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