Are you bothered by ping calls or other nuisance calls? Please tell us that. RTR depends on your help in combating phone number misuse.
The disclosed date is used to take targeted measurements against phone number misuse. With your help, we can also make suggestions to the legislature if there is still a need for additional regulation.
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Telephone numbers can be forged relatively easily (see FAQ on the caller’s number). Operators have little opportunity to check whether the signalled number is correct or not if the manipulation did not take place in their own network.
From a technical point of view, the number of the calling telephone connection is not necessary for successfully establishing a telephone connection (this can be compared with a postcard on which you write the wrong sender or no sender at all and which is still delivered).
It is particularly annoying when your own phone number is used to harass other people:
Those affected receive countless calls from unknown people who complain about harassing calls (e.g. advertising calls) with the number of the affected person. If the harassing calls have not been made, calls are also made to the affected people because the harassed persons call back the unknown number on the display. This indicates that the phone number of the affected people is being misused by strangers (so-called call ID spoofing). These cases can be extremely unpleasant, depending on the number of calls received by those affected and e.g. also seriously disrupt business operations in companies.
A call with a fake phone number is illegal, which is why a written report can be sent to the telecommunications office, which is responsible for conducting any administrative criminal proceedings.
You can find the contact details for the telecommunications office on our website.
However, we point out that it will be difficult to identify the perpetrators. If the calls with a manipulated number are delivered from abroad, it will in fact not be possible to trace them back. A report is therefore unlikely to have any direct impact on the continued abuse of the telephone number of the affected person.
The situation in this area is therefore not satisfactory and there are no "patent remedies" as to how those affected can protect themselves against this misuse of their telephone numbers. In the short term, one can therefore only hope that the use of the affected number for such harassment of other subscribers will stop quickly.
A last solution can be to change the phone number, which of course always involves effort and inconvenience.
If you feel that your lifestyle is severely impaired by telephone harassment, in some circumstances even threatened or frightened, then do not hesitate to seek support. Contact the police or advice centers (e.g. the women's helpline on 0800/222 555 or via chat at http://www.haltdergewalt.at)