to Handle Telephone Harassment
- Hang up, without delay, on any
obscene, harassing or threatening telephone calls.
- If such calls occur more than
once, notify the telephone company (they can attach a device
to your circuit that automatically traces all your calls-all
you have to do is write down the exact time the call came in
and they can tell you who made the call); you must be
willing, however, to prosecute the guilty party.
- If any threats are made to you
via the telephone, notify police.
- Use an unlisted telephone
number (or have your number changed) if the calls continue
or do this to prevent any such calls.
- Single women: do not list your
first and middle name in the telephone directory; use
e.g.: instead of Mary Ann
Smith, it should be M.A. Smith
This prevents an obscene
caller from knowing you are a female.
- When answering the telephone,
never indicate if you are alone or when you will be coming
or leaving to any stranger.
- Report too many "wrong
numbers" to the police; it could be a burglar wanting
to find out-through the unanswered telephone - when you are
- If you know who the harassing
caller is, file a complaint against the person with the
local district justice.
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For more information, contact the Office of
State Senator Vincent J. Fumo.
|1208 Tasker Street|
Philadelphia, PA 19148
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Philadelphia, PA 19134
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Harrisburg, PA 17120-3001
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