How to get rid of telemarketers
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This article was updated on December 15, 2016
Information on Caller ID spoofing
First, get your telephone service provider’s call privacy service. It allows only identified callers to connect to your telephone number. Callers with a private or unknown phone number are asked to identify themselves before the call is allowed to go through.
Calls from telemarketers who do not spoof their telephone number
Get a call blocker. Google > call blocker. Read reviews about the product you plan on buying. You can usually get it from Amazon, eBay and other online stores. Make sure that the call blocker you are buying has a caller ID display, unless your telephone set has one.
Calls from telemarketers who spoof their telephone number
NOTE: There is a device on the market that does the same as the setup described in this article. It is called a TeleZapper.
Google > telezapper. Read reviews about the product; e.g., on amazon.com.
You need the call blocker previously described.
To get rid of telemarketers who spoof their telephone number, you need to send them the tone that precedes the usual “There is no service for the number you have dialed” message, or other similar message issued by your telephone service provider for out of service numbers. The no telephone service tone (hereinafter simply tone) must be the first audio signal the telemarketers’ robots hear.
Here is that tone and its file: no_telephone_service_tone.wav
Calling robots used by telemarketers monitor for that tone. If it is the first audio signal they hear when the number they are calling answers, they hang up, register that number as a number not to call and then dial another number on their call list.
Figure 1 illustrates how to get the “There is no service for the number you have dialed” tone on your telephone line as the very first tone before you answer a telemarketer spoofing the telephone number from which calls are made.
Figure 1 — Anti-telemarketers telephone and audio tone setup
The illustrated Telephone Line Voice Recorder Adapter is a device designed and engineered as an interface for telephone call recording. It transmits telephone audio signals to a tape recorder. But you can also use it to send a tone on a telephone line; essentially because it uses a small audio transformer that transmits audio signals to/from the telephone line. The audio transformer also serves as an electrical insulator between the telephone line and the audio line.
These devices can usually be purchased for around $10 on Amazon or eBay. The telephone line voice recorder adapter used for this setup was purchased on Amazon.ca > Telephone Line Call Recorder. It comes supplied with an audio cable (equipped with a 3.5 mm plug at each end) and a telephone cable. Other brands and models also work. If uncertain, please do not hesitate to email me: . As time goes by, readers of this article will find compatible telephone line voice recorder adapters. They will be listed in this list of compatible telephone line voice recorder adapters.
Figure 2 — Telephone line voice recorder adapter
To send the tone on the telephone line when a telemarketer calls, you need to automate the sending of the tone with the simple pressing of a key, say as an example F2 on your keyboard. To do that, download AutoHotkey and install it on the PC or laptop that you will be using to send the tone.
Once installed, download and place the following file in Windows’ startup folder: anti-telemarketers.ahk (right click on the link, then use "Save link as..."). This file automates playing the tone when the F2 key is pressed.
Figure 3 — anti-telemarketers.ahk file in Windows’ startup folder
To edit the ahk file, right click on it and choose Edit Script. Check that the anti-telemarketers.ahk file contains only the following code:
Download and place the no_telephone_service_tone.wav file in the root directory of your C drive
TIP: When you first logon to Windows, it usually takes a few minutes to become fully operational. Moreover, the first time you press F2, there is usually a 2-4 seconds delay for Windows to locate the ahk and wav files and a suitable audio player. To avoid any delay for Windows to play the tone when you will receive a telemarketer’s call, press F2 once you have logged on to Windows. The next time you will press F2, the tone will be played without any delay by Windows. You must be logged on to Windows to use this method as described.
Telemarketers who spoof their number usually call while spoofing a same area code and telephone exchange, say as an example: (514) 334‑XXXX. They simply change the last four digits each time they call a string of telephone numbers. So be on the watch for these first 6 digits. Whenever you will receive a call having the first 6 digits you previously identified as originating from telemarketers, pickup the telephone handset and as you are lifting it press F2, then answer as you normally do. If it was a telemarketer, their calling robot will have heard the tone, listed your number as a no service number and stop calling you. If the calling number was not from a telemarketer, your calling party will recognize you.