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    Call Tracing

    Hello All,

    Can someone point me in the right direction here or even better help me out!

    For the last 4 weeks, I get a call from a private number around the same time, week days only and as soon as I answer the person hangs up!

    How do I find out who this person is?

    Regards,

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    If you don't answer, what happens? Do they call again?

    My extensive movie-going experience leads me to believe that you can only trace a call after you've been on the line with them for quite some time

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    Sorry, but I have to ask: Is there any reason to suspect a "rabbit in the pot"-type scenario?

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    This is why I never answer "Private number" anymore. I always used to, but screw it. Luckily I have two phones, so if it's someone I know who really needs to get a hold of me, then they call me on the bat line

    If it's a client, tough. Leave a voice message & I'll call you back.

    My advice: Let it ring. Do not answer. They'll run out of steam soon enough.

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    Over the years I've known quite a few people who have gone through this.

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_ZA View Post
    My advice: Let it ring. Do not answer. They'll run out of steam soon enough.
    I agree they'll run out of steam - the "soon enough" part may vary. I tend to say "eventually."

    My advice is treat it just like any other phonecall. Someone's blowing off steam. Don't feed it by letting them know they're getting to you.

    The less it bothers you, the sooner it goes away.

    Not once has any of the people I've known who've been through this ever figured out who was making the calls or why. So don't even waste energy speculating.
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    Get Jack Bauer to start a trace.

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    Thanks for the advice. I also taught of that to just stop answering any private number calls in future and if it is important the person will leave a message - How many of you do this? (Dave can we poll this possibly? I would really love to know what others do with private number calls legit or not)

    When they called yesterday I decided not to say a word, just answer and I think the person got taken by surprise as they waited for me to say something and then realised I am not going to you could hear them stumble to put the phone receiver down as they didn't know what to do...
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    Just don't answer. If it's important, they'll leave a message.

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    Private numbers are the most frustrating things around - they are either call centres wanting to sell their product to you or someone wanting to "make you more visible" on google or some crap out there. Sad for them because we start to ignore them now or are just blatantly rude to them !! I used to get up to 6 phone calls a day from a company called webmail untill I very frustratingly told them to piss off and get some sort of system in place whereby they know who they have bugged and dont want to be bothered anymore !!
    As far as I know there is no way to trace a private call .

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    ironic, my friend works for webmail hahahaha! sorry, not to change the topic. I also went through a stage with private calls, I thought I had an admirer, but eventually they gave up. must have found someone better than me hahahaha!

    now days I just dont answer. So id agree thats the best thing to do

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