Post # 1
We get multiple calls a day for people who don’t have our phone number. The local high school has called us like 7 times for various reasons and I’m pretty sure one of those was for a different family than the others.
We get mail for 4 people who don’t live here.
I’m pretty sure I got a call for Henry the 500th the other day. WTF.
Does anyone else deal with this sort of thing?
Post # 3
@RenoSweeney24: Not here, but at one of my previous jobs! I worked at a site where the main phone number was extremely close to our city’s non-emergency police line, so we would aaaalways get awkward phone calls about boyfriends breaking restraining orders and neighbours being too loud, etc. The best one, though, was when I picked up and introduced myself as a representative of said business site, and the guy said….
Me: … yes, sir? How can I help you?
Him: Uuuuuuuuuh… I just wanted to tell you…
Me: … yes, sir?
Him: …. you guys are looking for me, but I didn’t do it.
Me: ………………. I’ll transfer you to non-emergency.
I still am really curious as to what he thought they thought he did, hahah.
Post # 4
@MrsRevolutionize: This made me laugh. I want to know too!
Post # 5
Dont just say “You have the wrong number” when you get the calls, especially ones from the school. Ask them to check the phone list they used to make the call and ask them to strike your number from that list while you are still on the phone.
Post # 6
@julies1949: Oh, the ones where I just hang up are automated messages with a name, but the school ones have all been messages. I called them yesterday and they took our # off their list.
EDIT: messages on our answering machine
Post # 7
@MrsRevolutionize: LOL that’s great!
I once had someone call my office who INSISTED we had someone there by X name. There were only TWO of us. I told them we did not have anyone by that name and perhaps they dialed the # wrong. The same person called back like 7 times that day. LOL
Post # 8
My phone number once belonged to a total dead beat. Every collector in the country is after this guy, I swear.
But is grandmother is a lovely woman.
Post # 9
@Misswhowedding: Oh no! Even the grandmother!
Yeah we’ve gotten some credit score related calls for someone, but it’s just crazy that we get calls for so many different people (but repeat calls from different places for certain people).
Post # 10
Well, not my phone number (I’ve had the same one for 12 years), but my old address had been vacant for about 3 years after some crack heads were evicted. We had SO MUCH MAIL from debt collectors for those people. Didn’t help that we got even more mail for the crappy landlord who was going into foreclosure. So glad we bought our house after dealing with that crahole.
Post # 11
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
I get calls for people trying to book trips to Universal in the fall. I figure my number is a digit off the one for Halloween Horror Nights promotions. Thankfully I am an honest person because many of them argue with me that I have to work for Universal because they called Universal and then they try to give me their credit card information.
Post # 12
I have a TracFone.
My TracFone was previously owned my some horrible, debt-ridden, bill-dodging jerk named “Lorenzo”.
How do I know this? Because for the last year, I’ve gotten 5-50 phone calls a WEEK from debt collection agencies and people “looking for him”.
Post # 13
SO MANY TIMES.
My home-home (where my parents live) would get calls for a local middle school because the number was one off.
My old job, I would get calls from debt collectors… It is damn impossible to get them to stop. They never believed I was just an innocent person of possible some scam artist who gave out a fake number. I eventually had to threaten to turn them over to the authorities, because their calling was disrupting my work and my work was important to maintain the safety of the plant. That shut them up real fast.
My current residence is a rental, so we get mail addressed to old residents. I was nice and forwarded them fir the first month, then got pissed cause they never fixed it. One of them contacted the landlord and said I was stealing the mail (she had BILLS coming there). Really I was just putting them back in the box with “Does not live here” written in red. The landlord backed me up- I was not responsible for forwarded their mail.
My current work, we get a lot of calls for financial aid due to some bug in the campus phone network. It’s annoying trying to explain yourself for the 10th time that you cannot help their son/daughter with a loan.
Post # 14
My MIL gets mail, in my maiden name, at her house. MIL also gets mail for my deceased sister at her house; my sister only lived for 6 months, so how in the world is she getting mail for a deceased person with a different last name? Crazy, I tell you. And poor MIL, saves all the junk mail, and gives it to me. I just dump it in the trash.
Post # 15
@BrandNewBride: WHOAHHHH that’s a lot!
Post # 16
@Apple_Blossom: Oh all the debt collectors who have called my number totally accepted my explanation of, “No we don’t have anyone here by that name, I don’t know anyone by that name, and you’re like 20th call for that person. NO ONE LIVES HERE BY THAT NAME”
They usually think it’s funny and go “oh so sorry! Have a great day!”