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Anonymous call rejection

Anonymous call rejection definition

Anonymous call rejection is a service that allows a telephone user to block calls from numbers with hidden ID. It helps users avoid calls from people who intentionally hide their phone numbers, often to prevent the receiver from knowing who's calling.

When activated, this feature automatically rejects calls from numbers that are withheld, unknown, or blocked. The caller usually hears a message that the person they're trying to reach does not accept anonymous calls and they need to unblock their number to get through.

People use this service primarily for privacy and to avoid unwanted or annoying calls. It can be particularly useful for avoiding telemarketers or scammers.

See also: scam, vishing

Advantages of using anonymous call rejection

The main benefit of anonymous call rejection is that it gives users more control over their phone lines, allowing them to avoid unwanted calls. It's also a tool that can help protect against telephone fraud, as many scams originate from blocked numbers.

Disadvantages of using anonymous call rejection

The main disadvantage of anonymous call rejection is not knowing who’s call you’re blocking. Not all calls from blocked numbers are unwanted, and some might even be important. For example, certain businesses or professionals may hide their numbers for privacy reasons. Therefore, using this feature could lead to missing important calls, like a company offering you a job.