Spam phone calls

This may not be the correct news group to ask this question but does anyone know how I can prevent these frequent and tiresome Spam calls?
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On Sat, 11 Dec 2004 16:39:23 -0000, Blair Malcolm wrote:

Yup, google for "telephone preference service" and give them a bell. Haven't had any unwanted 'phone calls for years now.
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Registered with TPS the day after it started, re registered twice, still getting junk calls.
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bof wrote:

So what happens when you report them? (I presume if you can be donkeyed to register with TPS you're also clued up enough to know to get callers' identities and report them.)
Since I registered I've only had 2 junk calls: on the first, when I asked their company's name and it became clear I was on TPS the caller said "Oh sh1t" and apologised for calling; the 2nd was some SMS-to-voice gateway run by BT which someone used to advertise a yoga group. Since she didn't give any contact details it was pretty pointless advertising, and may have been a genuine mistake. I didn't take that one up and it hasn't happened again but if it did I certainly would.
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TPS contacts the caller and points out that they shouldn't be doing it. I can't think why but that seems to work!
Mary
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On Sat, 11 Dec 2004 21:51:32 -0000, "Mary Fisher"

I frequently get calls from BT even though I'm registered with TPS. BT ring up in the guise of my telephone service provider - they insist that they aren't selling anything, but are just a caring company...
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Frank Erskine wrote:

Its usually a scamn.
I got one of those and aksed if it was BT why they didn't know what my details were, since the (very indian) voice was asking for them.
They tried to tell me that it was because ne part of BT didn';t talk to anoter. I replied that if that was teh case, they should get talking first.
Now whenever I hear someone claiming to be from BT who doesn't know my name, I put the phone down.
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That's interesting, I don't - but I wouldn't mind. If I did I'd ask them not to do it again.
Mary

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That's because you need a "DNC" entry for them, too.
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The vast majority are automatic diallers with recordings/robots number withheld, advertising premium rate numbers, I've reported two and not received any reply.
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writes

I agree - we have been getting loads just in the last few months - up to 4 a day, all recorded messages. Apparently they are coming from outside the UK and change base frequently so are almost impossible to ban. My mother, inspired by the tea ad (may be a NI one), leaves the phone off the hook for as long as possible to cause them maximum call charge.
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I reported a couple too. I think I got a reply around 9 months later -- certainly long enough I'd completely forgotten about it. In both cases, the service provider had turned out to be untraceable by the telco -- they had supplied false details.
On "You and Yours" (radio 4) yesterday I think, it was stated than new rules are coming in. Telcos will have to retain the money for a month before handing it over to the service provider, so that there is some chance of payout in the event of fraudulent use. Telcos will also be responsibile for ensuring service providers are traceable, or will lose their allocations of premium rate numbers or will require ICSTIS pre-vetting of service providers (heard both options mentioned but can't recall in which context).
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writes

I hope you report them.
I've had only two since I registered - when it started.
Mary
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writes

I have had 4, but they have all been from the RNIB. I don't object to them ringing me up and I have told them so. The person that taught me about computers was blind and he used to wire up his own in the days before the 386 microchip. (A long time ago now. DOS 3.1 days, if anyone remembers that)
Dave
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Ah, DOS ... <wipes a tear>
Dostalgia isn't what it used to be ...
Mary

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In an earlier contribution to this discussion,

It's amazing (by modern standards!) what you could achieve on a machine with 640kB (or less) of RAM and a 10MB hard disk!
Now, the *entry level* is 128MB of RAM and 20GB hard disk - mostly running bloatware!
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Yes. But people wanted more ... they always do :-(

LOL! I hope I remember that :-)
Mary
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I've just changed my main HD on my RPC. To a 37G one. And despite having more progs than I can ever use. ;-) it's now saying 5G used - including a load of audio files, about 4 CDs worth.
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I've still got a GEC4160 minicomputer with 1Mb RAM which can run off a 6Mb hard disk (although I've actually got 8 hard disks on it and some are 20Mb). We used to run perhaps 10 people logged in working at once on it. This system also used to support 128 Prestel users, but with bigger disks attached.
A number of years ago, I wrote an instruction set emulator in C to emulate this machine. I use it as my personal benchmark of new CPU's. On an Athon64 running Solaris x86-64 bit, it emulates the GEC4160 20 times faster than the original machine runs natively. When I originally wrote it, I had a 120MHz Pentium and on that it runs just slightly slower than the original machine.

I think you're rather out of date...
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On Sun, 12 Dec 2004 11:10:34 UTC, "Mary Fisher"

I still have my copy of DOS 2.0, manuals and all...IBM gave it to me!
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