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Want to block harassing phone calls?

30 May 2011

Ever wish you could block annoying phone calls right from your touchtone phone pad? Well, guess what, you can!

It’s easy to block unwanted or harassing phone callers by simply pressing *60, then following the directions heard over your phone. Typically, a recorded voice guides you on how to turn the feature on or off, and how to enter numbers to block: Press # for a “new entry,” followed by the offending phone number, then press # again, and voila! That number is now blocked from calling you. (Though my service provider does not charge for this service, I recommend checking with your own provider first to see if there is an extra charge for this service.)

This service works on most landline-based and cellular phones. If not, call your service provider for other options. Keep in mind that not all cell phone providers support this type of service, or it may be provided in a different guise such as creating a “safe list” of callers. Plus, again, there may be fees involved. (Always, always beware of extra fees, particularly on mobile phones.)

There is even an option to “block the last known caller,” by dialing *60, then pressing #, then 01, then # again. You can do this immediately after receiving a call from an unrecognized number, or perhaps a number that calls way too often, or at odd hours.

Conversely, almost all telemarketing calls can be stopped by registering your own home or cellular number with the national Do Not Call Registry. Phone numbers placed on this Registry remain on it permanently due to the Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007, which became law in February 2008.

Most telemarketers may not call you after your number has been on the registry for 31 days. If they do, you can file a complaint at this Website. Best of all, you may register your home or cellular phone for FREE.

Still, if you’re in a pinch and you’ve just about had it with a particularly persistent and unwanted caller, just punch *60 on your phone and block that bothersome number from ever calling you again (thank you caller ID!). For those without caller ID, there is an option to block the “last known caller” as described above.

(And relax–you can also remove the blocked number should you later change your mind.)

For more info:

Do Not Call National Registry Website

Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007

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Sami K. Hartsfield, ACP is a freelance writer and plaintiff’s litigation paralegal in Houston. She holds a degree in paralegal studies with a 4.0 GPA and a bachelor of science degree in political science, graduating summa cum laude. Sami interned with Texas’ 14th Court of Appeals under Chief Justice Adele Hedges, and completed the University of Houston Law Center’s Summer 2008 Prelaw Institute. She is preparing to enter law school in the fall and holds a national advanced paralegal certification as well as six specialty certifications: Discovery; Trial Practice; Contracts Management; Individual & Entity Medical Liability; and Social Security Disability Law. You can find her on Facebook, and e-mail her with questions, comments, or ideas at LegallyBlog@yahoo.com.

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