[Gllug] Phone scam?

Philip Hands phil at hands.com
Tue Apr 19 14:51:29 UTC 2011

On Tue, 19 Apr 2011 15:12:48 +0100, Jason Clifford <jason at ukfsn.org> wrote:
> On Tue, 2011-04-19 at 14:34 +0100, Philip Hands wrote:
> > I've followed up asking what that might be (given that all current
> > attempts have been pretty worthless).  I also pointed out that 17726
> > could perhaps be partly funded by the legit calling firms, by charging
> > them for live access to their complaints stats, so that they could tune
> > them to cause least offence on the fly.
> So those who do not engage in unlawful activity should be required to
> pay the penalty of those who do?

No: those who make their living by mildly upsetting people who were in
the bath can pay for the privilege of getting access to data from the
same infrastructure that is used to give criminals a good kicking.

They can use that data to tune their business such that they don't quite
anger people enough to report the call.  Perhaps resulting in higher

I wasn't saying that the legit businesses should be forced to make use
of this service, but if some supposedly legit business manages to piss a
large swathe of the population off by being moronic then there should be
some way of persuading them that they should modify their business
practices, so I'd say that there's quite a wide spectrum of problems
that this system might be usable for, and that could include the
entirely legit end of the market.

For instance, one could perhaps offer an advanced menu on the 17726
thing to register what times of day you find less annoying -- marketers
might well pay for access to that if it meant that their sales went up
by acting in compliance with it.

Cheers, Phil.
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