Call your own privates

My little call-interception device has logged several fresh numbers with the dubious notation “PRIVATE CALL.” This is not new, of course; it just means that a new boiler room full of grit-eating, scum-sucking, pencil neck geeks has sprung up. Most of the ones I’ve been getting, for some reason, have had Los Angeles (213) numbers affixed.

Technically, this is not Caller ID spoofing, unless the actual numbers are faked. And there are, theoretically anyway, reasons why this sort of thing should not be discouraged:

On my phone, the caller id turns up a “Private Call” using this method [*67]. Seems like a smart way to keep your number to yourself when you want to avoid making it known to the world. Of course, this is probably also the pervy stalkers single greatest weapon. Please use only for good.

And if you’re calling me with it, be advised that you’re wasting your time: I reject all such calls out of hand.


  1. Jess »

    5 September 2013 · 8:36 pm

    In my transition to curmudgeonhood, I’ve decided if any call is “unknown”, private or I don’t recognize the number, I ignore the call. It keeps my blood pressure down and stops the immediate urge to hunt certain people.

  2. McGehee »

    6 September 2013 · 11:36 am

    I was getting those calls from Delaware, then from some foreign country on the Indian Ocean (try finding a country there that isn’t), and now from right here in metro Atlanta.

    They not only don’t leave voicemails, they hang up before voicemail can even kick in. So, I say it’s spinach and I say the hell with it.

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