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The Telecom Digest for July 26, 2012
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Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2012 18:58:10 +0000 (GMT) From: Bill Horne <bill@horne.VALID-IF-THIS-IS-ELIDED.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: I'm looking for a President's Choice LD card Message-ID: <196855674.9329.1343242690499.JavaMail.mail@webmail10> Thanks for reading this. I'm working at a place that doesn't allow personal phone calls, and I need a President's Choice card so that I don't get hit with a surcharge every time I use a payphone. If you're in Canada and you can send me one, please contact me off-list, and thanks in advance for your help. Bill -- Bill Horne
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2012 10:02:23 -0400 From: Pete Cresswell <PeteCress@invalid.telecom-digest.org> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Caller-ID says McGraw-Hill, voice says "Best Help"? Message-ID: <email@example.com> Per Free Lunch: >We got a 000-000-0000 call that the caller claimed happened because he >was on VOIP. Does that make sense? AFAIK the VOIP services include >Caller-ID. The caller still refused to identify his organization after >being asked to do so. > >On a similar note, if the whole point of ANI was to pass along the >number to the person paying for the call, shouldn't ANI be passed for >all calls to cell phones? This is from somebody who knows next to nothing. Having said that... My VOIP service allows me to spoof CallerID. What I use it for is to present my land line's phone number when I make a call using the Bria app on my iPod. Seems like the bottom feeders working offshore would use such functionality as a matter of SOP - and if they are immune to prosecution under the USA's DNC laws (as Heather-From-Cardholder-Services seems to be) they would also be immune to whatever legal action that the likes of McGraw-Hill might want to take. -- Pete Cresswell
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2012 14:18:22 -0500 From: Dave Garland <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Caller-ID says McGraw-Hill, voice says "Best Help"? Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> On 7/24/2012 8:24 PM, Free Lunch wrote: > We got a 000-000-0000 call that the caller claimed happened because he > was on VOIP. Does that make sense? AFAIK the VOIP services include > Caller-ID. With mine (voip.ms), the CID says whatever I program it to say. I don't know what it defaults to if I don't program it. But I did try programming it to a different number, and that worked just fine. But with VoIP, outgoing "lines" don't necessarily correlate to incoming "lines". I don't have to have (and pay extra for) a number, if I don't care about incoming calls. Then, I could call you, but you couldn't call me. A situation that a boiler room might well find attractive.
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2012 02:45:56 +0000 (UTC) From: John Levine <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Caller-ID says McGraw-Hill, voice says "Best Help"? Message-ID: <email@example.com> >On a similar note, if the whole point of ANI was to pass along the >number to the person paying for the call, shouldn't ANI be passed for >all calls to cell phones? This theory has come up before. Your cell phone minutes aren't paying for the call, they're paying for the connection between the phone and the base station. Back in olden days there was a separate per-minute charge for calls out of the local area, but these days the actuall calls have gotten so cheap that they throw them in for free with the airtime. R's, John -- Regards, John Levine, firstname.lastname@example.org, Primary Perpetrator of "The Internet for Dummies", Please consider the environment before reading this e-mail. http://jl.ly
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2012 00:24:31 -0500 From: "unknown" <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Caller-ID says McGraw-Hill, voice says "Best Help"? Message-ID: <email@example.com> On Tue, 24 Jul 2012 12:44:33 -0400 tlvp wrote: > Curiosity made me answer a phone call this morning that Caller-ID showed > as coming from an area 212 (NYC) number identified by name as McGraw Hill > Com. > > A female voice at the other end, speaking an intelligible but oddly > accented English, asked for me by name, and then said "This is 'Best > Help', it's a call about your computer, OK?" > > My response? "No; not OK; thanks; bye." And I hung up. McGraw Hill, > indeed! > > This business of impersonating legitimate and well-known organizations by > sending counterfeit Caller-ID data has got to stop. Are not the local loop > providers somehow "accessories after the fact" to that fraud? > > Cheers, -- tlvp No, they are part of the fraud, and should be punished. -- John When a person has -- whether they knew it or not -- already rejected the Truth, by what means do they discern a lie?
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