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leftyladyfrommo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-28-07 09:22 AM
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Anybody? What does "Private Caller" mean?
I see that once in a great while. I got one at 11:00 pm last nite. I never answer calls that don't identify the caller.

But what is that designation?
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Karenca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-28-07 09:24 AM
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1. It just means that someone set
their phone NOT to show their number.
It could be anyone -- you could set your phone like that too.
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lizerdbits Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-28-07 09:24 AM
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2. I think it means they've blocked their name from showing up
on caller ID. I've had numbers show up but it says "Private" instead of giving a name as well as just "private" without a number at all. I don't answer them either. If it's important they'll leave a message
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VenusRising Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-28-07 09:25 AM
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3. It means they have blocked their number
from being seen on caller ID. Most phone systems will let you do that by dialing *67 before you dial if you have it included in your phone package.

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Chan790 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-28-07 09:25 AM
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4. The caller has one of two things:
1.) An in-line filter that blocks caller ID sending.
2.) Asked the phone company to filter their number for caller-ID sending.

It's for people who are paranoid and don't want people to know that they're calling before the receiver picks up the phone.

Sometimes telemarketers use them too.
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Orsino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-28-07 09:36 AM
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5. And it's possible to block blocked callers, too. n/t
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leftyladyfrommo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-28-07 09:49 AM
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11. How would I do that?
Don't know if I would want to but it might get rid of some really irritating callers.

I don't like to be called at home by politicians or charities. It irritates me. And I would never give anyone money over the phone.
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Orsino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-28-07 11:03 AM
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19. It's another feature...
...that I presume is offered by all the Bells now. You can pay them to block ID on your own number, but you may find that some people will be blocking calls from private numbers.

Reputable politicians and charities won't be calling you from private numbers, though.
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leftyladyfrommo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-28-07 09:38 AM
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6. I saw some of these during the recent elections - they must have been
people calling for candidates that didn't want to whole world to know their phone number.

If people don't identify themselves I don't answer - because they are always tele marketers or something. No one I know uses that function.
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achtung_circus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-28-07 09:46 AM
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7. 2 things, either
they have blocked their number, or they want to talk to my penis.
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leftyladyfrommo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-28-07 09:47 AM
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8. Excuse me? You completely lost me with that one. n/t
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lizerdbits Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-28-07 09:49 AM
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10. Private parts. nt
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achtung_circus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-28-07 09:55 AM
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12. they're calling my private parts.
Yeah, I know, very lame, but the coffee hasn't kicked in. It's only half-caff.
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leftyladyfrommo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-28-07 09:56 AM
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14. Oh - now I get it. Sorry. I'm a little slow on the uptake sometimes.
No - wasn't bad. Now that you explained it to me. Just think what you will be able to do with more coffee.
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lizerdbits Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-28-07 09:48 AM
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9. ..
:spray:
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YankeyMCC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-28-07 09:56 AM
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13. To me it means
I can ignore the phone and not pick up.

But as I think someone else pointed out - technically it just means they've blocked their number so your caller ID will not display their number.
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leftyladyfrommo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-28-07 09:58 AM
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15. I could see doing that if you were making obscene calls.
You know - caller ID has probably really been hard on obscene callers.

I did hear about a club where people who get off on that can call each other. I thought that was pretty novel.
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electron_blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-28-07 10:32 AM
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16. My lawyer and doctor's office both say private caller when they call.
Also, a few days ago, I got a call at work from someone checking a job reference for someone - their call said Private Caller. It's not always telemarketers.
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Blue Diadem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-28-07 10:38 AM
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17. Our Dr's office does too.
I've heard somewhere that some offices use people working from home to make the reminder calls for appts. Don't know if it's true or not and I never thought to ask the Dr's office.
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leftyladyfrommo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-28-07 11:50 AM
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20. But they probably wouldn't be calling in the middle of the nite.
And doctor's offices would leave a message. At least mine do.
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electron_blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-28-07 01:44 PM
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21. No, you're right. Anyone with private caller who calls past 9-5 hours doesn't get answered
at my house. In fact they take their chances calling during 9-5 LOL.
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sniffa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-28-07 10:41 AM
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18. it means
it's aLmost time to head down to the rec room for bingo.
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EstimatedProphet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-28-07 01:55 PM
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22. You're getting calls from an enlisted man
If it were an officer, it would say Major Caller.
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