Vetting vendors via VoIP

Who among us hasn’t set up a new and unique email account for a particular commercial transaction just so we’ll know who to blame when the account gets flooded with spam? Well, a member of Reddit’s community devoted to systems administration (r/sysadmin) says he took the tactic a step further … actually, 12 steps further.

From a post headlined: “How to get blacklisted as a vendor.”

Yesterday I was hunting for a new vendor. Mostly out of curiosity (but also to help me in picking a company that’s not completely sleazy) I set up a batch of temporary phone numbers in our VoIP system, 12 in all, and called each vendor from a different number.

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Network World Paul McNamara