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I have a couple of SIP phones and use callcentric. I get a lot of junk calls. I'd like to implement the following feature and would like some suggestions on how to do this:

Once I get a junk call, I typically hang up. I want to dial some number (like *23 or something) and I'd like the last number that was received to be put in a database. Any future call from that number will be directed to VM or a busy tone.

I'd appreciate some pointers on how I'd go about doing this.. I prefer an open source solution.

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We use a phone system called Swyx (which is similar in functionality to Asterisk, but runs on Windows).

As a part of the call route scripts, we can execute external scripts. We just wrote a very small script on our shitlist extension that puts the phone number of the caller into a special table that gets scanned when a call comes in in our automatic call routing script. It then plays a pre-recorded announcement the caller.

I don't know if Asterisk has something similar, but I'm guessing that it should be able to execute an external script as a part of a call route.

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Thanks for the info Mark. This is a for-home implementation, and would prefer to get an open source solution. Are you able to say how much this would cost for a 2-4 phone system? –  Trewq Jul 4 '12 at 1:56
    
@Trewq - a lot. But like I said, I'm sure that similar concepts apply to Asterisk. I almost guarantee that it will have a way of triggering an external script as a part of a call route. And then you can do whatever you want in that external script. So you have one script on an extension to put them into your shitlist, and then a 2nd script that is run every time a call comes in to check if the phone number is on your shitlist. –  Mark Henderson Jul 4 '12 at 2:13
    
I didn't realise we were allowed to say "shit" on here now. F**k yeah! –  womble Jul 4 '12 at 5:36
    
@womble - there's never been any filtering, just one rule - "be polite" –  Mark Henderson Jul 4 '12 at 5:44
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@womble ... well .... ok I hadn't ever read that post. Don't really go to meta.stackoverflow. So I shall consider myself schooled. –  Mark Henderson Jul 4 '12 at 5:51

First hit for "asterisk blacklist" on the Googletubes sends me to http://www.voip-info.org/wiki/view/Asterisk+func+BLACKLIST, which suggests that functionality similar to what you're after is built-in. And, in fact, another few seconds of reading brings me to http://www.jackenhack.com/adding-blacklist-to-an-asteriskhome-pbx-voip-server/ -- which, while it's purportedly out-of-date with regards to current versions of Asterisk, should get you 90+% of the way to your solution.

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