I'm trying to dictate what people can call me on MY phone. I don't want telemarketers calling me at all, but the ones who have exceptions to the rule, those calling on behalf of charities and political organizations are rude. They won't leave a message on the answeing machine, but will hang up, and then call over and over again. That is why I suggest limiting them to one call per year; perhaps they will leave their message and go away.
As far as spammers and scammers and phishermen go, they should all be taken out and drawn and quartered.
Lena[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: I quite agree with your assessment, but my point was what makes _your_ telephone any more sancrosanct than _my_ computer. If _you_ have the right to dictate who can call you on _your_ phone, then _I_ should have the right to dictate what kind of messages come through on _my_ computer. And let's face it, spam-scam and phishing is far worse than telemarketers ever have been. Imagine, if you will, several hundred telemarketers ringing your phone without ceasing all day and all night, and your only recourse, according to the so-called 'experts' was to rely on screening attempts, and many of the spammer-scammers managed to trick their way around that. Sounds like a lot of fun, doesn't it? PAT]