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How do I block restricted numbers I can't see?

Postby jazzycat » Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:39 pm

Hello. For the past couple of months we've been getting "anonymous" calls and "unknown" or "restricted" calls. Since I cannot SEE the numbers, and the numbers are not listed in the call logs, how do I block them? I would prefer to NOT get any calls from anyone whose number I cannot see. Thanks bunches!

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Re: How do I block restricted numbers I can't see?

Postby lbmofo » Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:42 pm

Goto My Ooma Preferences, Privacy https://my.ooma.com/privacy

Enable Anonymous Call Block (select a treatment) and save.
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Re: How do I block restricted numbers I can't see?

Postby jazzycat » Wed Feb 15, 2012 5:42 pm

I did that. I am hoping it will work. I tried to add the calls to my personal blacklist that came through "anonymous" and "unknown" but it wouldn't let me because there was no number being shown. I just hope the way I did it blocks ALL calls that don't show a number.
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Re: How do I block restricted numbers I can't see?

Postby lbmofo » Wed Feb 15, 2012 5:54 pm

You can try this yourself by dialing *67 and your home number from a cell phone.
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Re: How do I block restricted numbers I can't see?

Postby alanrf » Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:04 pm

I think, from the replies, that the issue reported here is not being clearly differentiated.

This is the case of a caller who is fooling the receiving system. This is not a case of caller that is not providing their caller-id. This is a caller who has is deliberately providing a caller-id of "Anonymous". The phone number has been available in earlier calls but has been slightly modified between calls.

The most recent difference is not the change in caller-id which remains as "Anonymous" but that Ooma is reporting the number in call logs as "anonymous". Any attempt to block that number (which, of course, is not a number) has Ooma reasonably responding that the number requested to be blocked is not a valid number.

However, one has to wonder why Ooma is displaying in call logs a number that is not a valid number.
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Re: How do I block restricted numbers I can't see?

Postby alanrf » Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:13 pm

I forgot to add that the while the caller-id on my phone shows as "Anonymous" the number appears on the phone as a blank line. It is only in the Ooma call log that the number shows as "anonymous" and yes, the difference in upper case for the caller-id and lower case for the number, is as it appears.
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Re: How do I block restricted numbers I can't see?

Postby lbmofo » Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:41 am

alanrf wrote:I forgot to add that the while the caller-id on my phone shows as "Anonymous" the number appears on the phone as a blank line. It is only in the Ooma call log that the number shows as "anonymous" and yes, the difference in upper case for the caller-id and lower case for the number, is as it appears.

Anonymous Call Block should stop numbers from ringing through if no phone number is available.
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Re: How do I block restricted numbers I can't see?

Postby EX Bell » Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:40 am

It's working for me. The phone does not ring, but I find the call in my log with a number but no name listed.
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Re: How do I block restricted numbers I can't see?

Postby terry.bisgrove » Fri May 18, 2012 11:14 am

This is a frustrating flaw in the Ooma service. I have received several calls with phone number listed as "Restricted" and the name is listed as "Unavailable". I have anonymous call blocking enabled yet these calls get through. "Restricted" is not a valid telephone number so I do not understand why Ooma lets the call through. You cannot blacklist them as there is no valid number to blacklist. Any Ooma staff out there have a reply?
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Re: How do I block restricted numbers I can't see?

Postby lbmofo » Fri May 18, 2012 6:55 pm

terry.bisgrove wrote:This is a frustrating flaw in the Ooma service. I have received several calls with phone number listed as "Restricted" and the name is listed as "Unavailable". I have anonymous call blocking enabled yet these calls get through. "Restricted" is not a valid telephone number so I do not understand why Ooma lets the call through. You cannot blacklist them as there is no valid number to blacklist. Any Ooma staff out there have a reply?

It is fixed now. viewtopic.php?t=13794 Don't know how long the bug has been there..I just noticed it last night.
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