Step 3: set 0218141000 on a blacklist
If you have a mobile phone that is quite new, you are probably able to block unwanted phone numbers. Your phone’s manual gives you further instructions if necessary.
The Don’t Contact Me Database of the DMS offers an Opt Out service at www.nationaloptout.co.za With the help of this service you can avoid annoying telemarketing calls – at least those of serious companies who subscribe to the Database.
However, it is still possible that you will be called by illegal spammers who ignore the official Don’t Contact Me Database, especially if automated dialling systems are used. In this case, you might file a complaint at the DMA (Direct Marketing Association of Southern Africa) so they can have a look on who is circumventing the regulations.
You can also contact your provider in order to blacklist some numbers, as this is possibly in some cases. There are some routers where blacklist features are integrating, which might be really helpful for you. Also check out on new mobile phone applications, which can tell you about the caller or even block certain numbers.
Of course it is a tough fight here, there are still too many companies trying to earn money through deceptive strategies. You will probably never block out all scammers, they are getting more and more and are constantly changing the numbers they use. Anyhow, if people are aware of the dangers and how to deal with them, is small step is made by all of us.