For the last week, my house has been getting a call every day around 11 a.m. from a gravely voiced male who responds to "hello" with an immediate "I'm sorry, I must have dialed the wrong number."

The guy isn't real. As described on Usenet, the calls are coming from a telemarketing company trying to leave automated messages on answering machines. The software gives a "wrong number" response when humans answer.

This is illegal under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, but because the number doesn't show up on caller ID, I don't know for sure that the calls are coming from Digital Dreamscapes, the company mentioned on Usenet, so I can't file an FCC complaint. Any suggestions?

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Spookey! I have begged Digital Dreamscapes to stop calling me. If I monitor the call noting my caller ID 'unavailable' its always the recorded message. If I pick up it's the older man with the "I'm sorry" line. I would love to put an end to these devious practices. I never entered anything online, and the calls have been coming several times a week for more than a year. I'm always a winner! Ha. I have never returned their calls.

Hi, Rogers --

I don't know if it's something you'd be willing to do, but the phone companies I know of who support caller ID also give their customers the option of automatically rejecting calls which have suppressed caller ID.

Rogers, I've had success asking the telephone company to track down calls, if you can give them a good reason to do so.

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