Blocked calls

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Registered: 09-12-2008
Blocked calls
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Thu, 06-10-2010 - 6:20pm

Does anyone know how to block a caller with a blocked number from calling your cell phone?


Background on my situation:


About a month or so ago, I put a post on Craigslist to sell some of my bridal items that I no longer needed - tiara, shoes, etc. One of those items was an unopened package of pantihose. I never knew my post was going to attract creeps.


One day I was driving DH's car with my mom and Selin and a call came through my Bluetooth. The number usually shows on the radio but this time it didn't. I thought maybe something was wrong with the display and I couldn't reach my phone to see who it was so I answered the call - big mistake. Now mind you the call is being aired through my radio so my mom heard the whole thing. First red flag - the caller was male. It started off normal - he inquired if the items were still for sale and then started to ask specifically about the pantihose. I couldn't remember off-hand what size they were so I told him if he emailed me his number then I would call him when I got home. He said his internet wasn't working and he would call me later. Then it got creepy. He asked if I had any underwear for sale (!!!) I promptly replied no and ended the call.


As soon as I got to my parents' house, I removed my ad from Craigslist but apparently this guy saved my number because he has been calling me non-stop. He calls at least once/week, sometimes every other week if I'm lucky. He calls from blocked number and never leaves a message. I never answer the phone. I thought he would get tired of always being sent to voicemail but apparently not.


I called my cell phone provider and they said there is nothing they can do without the actual number he is calling from. I did a search online and there is a product called TrapCall that you can install on your phone and it unmasks the blocked number in a round-about way. I don't really want to mess with installing it on my phone but I also want this guy to stop calling me. He just called me 3 times in a row this afternoon. A few weeks ago I changed my voicemail so that it no longer had my voice and just uses the default greeting of my phone number.


Has anyone had to deal with this before?


Thanks for reading!


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Registered: 05-11-2010
Thu, 06-10-2010 - 6:23pm
OMG Christine that is SO creepy!! I would answer the phone (or have DH answer it for you) and tell him that if he calls again you will report him to the police. I would certainly want to end that immediately, how horrible! Ugh! KUP!
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Registered: 09-12-2008
Thu, 06-10-2010 - 6:36pm

I actually thought about that but the research I read online actually advised against it because the caller just gets an even bigger kick knowing they've aggravated you, KWIM?


One suggestion I read was to

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Registered: 04-22-2006
Thu, 06-10-2010 - 7:34pm

Gah - how totally creepy!!! I don't know how you can block a blocked number, but I hope you figure out something because that is just disturbing. It's amazing how posting something innocent like that could lead to this creep stalking you :S :S

Getting your DH to answer the phone might help.

I know on a land line you can get a feature that restricts ALL blocked numbers. That might pose a problem if you know other people that block their numbers, but might be an idea.

If he leaves you messages on your VM, you can save them and either get your cell phone provider to listen to them, or the police to listen to them.

Changing your number would obviously work, but I assume that would be a last resort.

Ugh - this just makes me shiver :S Sorry you have to deal with such an awful thing!





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Thu, 06-10-2010 - 8:12pm

That is totally creepy. Personally I would go to the police and see what they said.

I've heard good things about "TrapCall".

Let us know how things turn out.

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Thu, 06-10-2010 - 8:15pm
That sounds like a good idea! How annoying.
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Thu, 06-10-2010 - 8:47pm

Honestly, you're doing the right thing. Having someone (anyone!) answer will just show him that it takes X number of calls to get a reaction out of you. Ignoring him is best. I know it's a pain, but he'll eventually figure out that you're not taking the bait and find someone new.

Advice taken from Gavin de Becker's book: "The Gift of Fear and other survival signals to protect you from violence". Info is from the chapter about stalkers.

**NOTE: I HIGHLY recommend this book to all women. I reread it every 18 months or so.

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Fri, 06-11-2010 - 10:24am

How creepy!!! I would call the police and see what they suggest to do about it. Did he email you at all from Craiglist?

One thing that DH and I do with Craigslist, is we never list our phone number on there, we make them email us through the encrypted email and then we contact them ourselves, that way they don't have our number before we know who they are.

Sorry you are dealing with this. I would try the police, then if they are no help have DH answer the phone and change your voicemail with the harassing message and see if that stops him.









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Fri, 06-11-2010 - 11:00am

I don't have an answer to how to block calls.