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Asking a clever question not only risks losing genuine callers, but is insulting, as if to say "If you are too stupid to answer my question I won't talk to you." I suggest you set up a fake switchboard and give out a PIN to your known contacts as if it is an extension number: My number is 01234567890 extension 1234. Your script detects the PIN ...


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I have a voicemail machine on the landline which I leave active, and I can see caller ID too (unless blocked). If I recognise it as a usual caller, I pick up. Otherwise voicemail kicks in and I can hear them speak, and if I want to talk to them I pick up and cancel the voicemail, replying as if I only just caught the call. If they have already hung up, I can ...


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