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Phone SPAM: Random Digit Dialing

Posted by jpluimers on 2009/12/10

Just learned something new this evening: ‘Random Digit Dialing’.

A few minutes ago, I got called on an unlisted phone numberby a Dutch company offering money and a kind of lottery mechanism if I was going to take part in their surveys.
In other words: phone SPAM.

They call with a shielded phone number.
So there is no way I can distinguish them from friends that do have a legitimate reason for having an unlisted phone number.

The company that called told me that the only way to avoid these calls was to list all my info that they should not contact me at in some central database, even if the info was already unlisted in the first place.
The world up side down!

And to top it off: Now that they have contacted me, they have the phone number, so I’m bound to be called there again by them.

–jeroen

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