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Discussion in 'Hobby Electronics' started by F Murtz, Oct 27, 2010.

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  1. F Murtz

    F Murtz Guest

    Two questions,
    why can they call when I am on the do not call register?
    And what are they on about?
    The call in a foreign accent, are you mr ..... , yes I am,then something
    like, we are home energy assessors and we are assigned by the dept of
    energy, and then I hung up.I probably should have stayed and found what
    further stuff they came up with.
  2. Epsilon

    Epsilon Guest

    I have the same problem, and deal with it with an answering machine for
    monitoring purposes. These unwanted callers invariably hang up as soon as
    they realise they have contacted an answering machine.
  3. Guest

    It's relaively easy to hack a cellphone (e.g. I have one based on
    an embedded linux arm-based platform) to provide a screening service.
    Based on date/time-of-day, whether the caller has ID blocked (if not,
    their area code and number), and how many rings they're prepared to
    wait, you can make a reasonable guess who's trying to sell you a power
    contract or get you to sell your property.
  4. Guest


    With the case removed and some as-near-as-I-could-get headers
    installed my hacked thing is around 5cm x 7cm.

    You first... ;)
  5. Ross Herbert

    Ross Herbert Guest

    :Two questions,
    :why can they call when I am on the do not call register?
    :And what are they on about?
    :The call in a foreign accent, are you mr ..... , yes I am,then something
    :like, we are home energy assessors and we are assigned by the dept of
    :energy, and then I hung up.I probably should have stayed and found what
    :further stuff they came up with.

    Have you checked to see that you are still on the DNCR? I seem to remember that
    a month or so ago everyone had to renew there listing on the DNCr because the
    original application had expired. I renewed mine and haven't had any unwarranted
    calls - yet.
  6. I've said the DNC register was a farce from the beginning:

    The DNC register applies only to callers within Australia, so, if
    they're calling from a call centre overseas, the DNC register does not

    There are also convenient exemptions thusly:
    * charities or charitable institutions
    * educational institutions
    * religious organisations
    * government bodies
    * registered political parties
    * independent members of parliament
    * political candidates.

    So that pretty much means you're not going to see ANY end to these calls.
    They want something. Usually money, either directly, or indirectly.
    That sounds like it would be within the grasp of the DNC register, so
    if you're still getting that class of call, remember that your DNC
    registration only lasts three years, so if you subscribed when it first
    started, it would have expired about a year ago or so, and you'll have
    to subscribe again.

    Yep, I *did* say it was a farce.
  7. David Segall

    David Segall Guest

    I don't think that is true. "Any business that either calls or faxes a
    listed number, or arranges for calls or faxes to be made or sent on
    its behalf, may be in breach of the legislation and could face
    You have omitted the worst offenders. "Opinion polling" is exempt so a
    telemarketer can ask you about your present telephone service provider
    and if you know about the fabulous bargains offered by their
  8. F Murtz

    F Murtz Guest

    I did renew it recently.
  9. Ah, "could" face penalties. The catch all for when they don't really
    want to do anything about it. Let's face it, callers from other
    countries are outside the jurisdiction of the DNC register. These
    callers may not be breaking the law in THEIR OWN COUNTRIES (or may be,
    either way who cares), which is the important thing, because outside
    this country the DNC register can't charge anyone OUTSIDE the country.
    Not for marking callers anyway.
    Yes, of course. There are more "exemptions" further down the page I
    left out. (saw them right after posting).
  10. Ah, perhaps you should have stayed on for longer. In your your
    original message, you said they were from the "dept of energy". Who
    doesn't actually exist here, but I'm guessing it's lost a bit when you

    Next time take notes, and name names. Usenet is great for that.

    I normally abuse them.
    Sometimes they call back and say I can't do that. So I give them more.

    I had an old boss who was a master at dealing with them.
    He could get THEM to abuse US (via speakerphone) without uttering any
    swear or insult.
    Great for laughs. :)
  11. Metro

    Metro Guest

    And then there are the calls that come in every night at about the same time
    with 'Private Caller' on the screen. No one answers and it just rings
  12. Barry

    Barry Guest

    the dnc does not prevent anyone calling.
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