Tips For Battling Telemarketers
Activate Selective Call Blocking
. This is the "Smart Bomb"
technique which allows you to "stick it" to Telemarketers the way they have been "sticking it" to you for years!
Selective Call Blocking allows you to "Black List"
individual numbers. It is a "Firewall"
for your phone. The capacity of phone numbers one can "Black List" varies for each respective provider. Shaw
, for example, allows you to block up to 32 numbers, while MTS
only allows 12. Note:
Your Telephone Service Company may not provide this feature.
To activate Selective Call Blocking:
Press 3 To Activate.
(May vary from provider to provider, listen for instructions)
How to add numbers also varies. With Shaw Digital Phone Lite, for example, I do the following after I receive a telemarketing call:
to enter the command options menu.
Key in #01#
to automatically recall the last incoming number and add it to the block list.
customers may want to reference the following link:
www.shaw.ca/en-ca/CustomerCare/DigitalP ... ocking.htm
Activate Anonymous Call Rejection
. This feature is available with Shaw Digital Phone/Digital Phone Lite, as well as Vonage and many other Telephone Service Providers.
Anonymous Call Rejection blocks calls from numbers that are "private" or "hidden". Such callers will receive a recording such as: "The number you are calling does not accept calls from blocked numbers, please unblock your number and try again". When a call is "rejected" your phone does not ring
, so you won't know how often calls are intercepted. Most Telemarketers don't "block" their number, so this technique will only work for a small number of Telemarketing calls.
To activate Anonymous Call Rejection Dial *77
You either have this feature from your provider, or you don't. Also, since this works with Caller ID
you must have Caller ID service or you're out of luck.
Record an SIT Tone
at the beginning of your answering machine message. An SIT Tone is that doo-doo-doo noise which signals that the number called is "out of service". This will only work with "Predictive Dialers" (i.e. Demon Dialers) which are programmed to detect SIT Tones.
Most Telemarketers have this detection feature turned off, so this technique will only work on a small number of Telemarketing calls. You can find the tone at the following link:
Register with the Canadian Marketing Association's "Do Not Contact"
Service. Until the Federal Government's "Do Not Call" list is activated this should provide at least some relief from Canadian based Telemarketers. You can sign up for the CMA's "Do Not Contact" service at the following link:
Put these techniques to use and you are on your way to stamping out the Plague of Telemarketers forever! Good luck.