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'Trap Call' Service Instantly IDs Blocked Calls

The *67 telephone function -- which you can dial before making a call in order to mask your phone number -- has always been a valuable tool for phone pranksters and private investigators. A new online service, called 'Trap Call', foils such identity blockers by unmasking the dubious dialer's phone number, city of origin, and maybe even their name and address.

Here's how it works: After you sign up on Trapcall's Web site, anytime you decline an incoming restricted number, your phone bounces the call to the company's servers. The servers find the caller I.D. information for that number, and relay it back to your phone. The person on the other line hears the normal ringing tone, and the entire process takes place in a matter of seconds.

Although it may be perfect for identifying telemarketers, Jo Sterner of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence had to come along and ruin things. She told local Pennsylvania station WGAL that the service may be hazardous to victims of domestic abuse who (in order to set a child visitation schedule) have to call their attacker anonymously. May we suggest e-mailing in lieu of calling? Or, better yet, borrow someone's phone.

If you're interested, you may want to check out your state's phone regulations, since the service can also record calls -- which can be illegal in some states. [From: WGAL]

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