(Closed) how do I get debt collectors off my back?

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

haha this happened to a friend of mine. Her and her husband would talk to them in french. They would sing them songs. They would hang up. tell jokes. 

I dunno, they had those people calling them for a LONG time and it was for the wrong person or number. I’m actually not sure if they ever got rid of them until they moved. but they just kept telling them it was the WRONG person. lol. good luck! 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Aw man, I was going to come in here and make an out of line smart-ass remark like, “Pay your bills.” :p

Isn’t there a member of management you can take it up with when they call? Instead of trying to tell the telemarketer, ask to speak to their manager. Don’t tell them what it’s about and if they insist on asking tell them it regards personal information you aren’t willing to share with them. That’ll get you a manager quick. Then explain to them your situation. I don’t know if it would help that much but at least they’re aware of it.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

When you have the time, you might want to ask to speak to a supervisor and ask them to point you in a direction where you could get this cleared up. I’m sure they hear all the time that they are calling the wrong number but sometimes, they have to realize that it happens and there should be some process for getting them to take your number off the list. It would take awhile to individually get your number taken out of their database but it doesn’t hurt to try to talk to someone in charge to see if they can help. If it drives you crazy enough, you might want to consider changing your number even though that might be a pain. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

omg in Ontario we have a highway (407 )that you have to pay for and at my old apartment the number they gave me was someone who owed .16 CENTS from the 407 and they would call 5 times a day !!!!! all hours of the morning and night!! and I couldnt even pay it for them because I didnt have access to their account! drove me nuts and then I moved – I know this doesnt help but had to vent lol 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@firsttimemom: I was going to say pay your bills too! 🙂

I think there are privacy laws that protect them from calling you, even if you owe them $$$ once you have told them you can’t take personal calls at that number they aren’t able to call it again. I think asking for a manager or something is a good place to start. Track their number and report to BBB if they don’t stop calling, I think it really could be considered harassment after so many calls, 21 is way too many, IMO. My phone # is the same as some guy named Jullio, he has a different area code, but no one realizes it and I get his collection calls every once in a while but no one ever keeps calling, excpet for some lady he goes to church wiht and yells at me how he just called rfom this number. I hope it stops soon!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

LOL… I was also going to suggest paying your bills, but obviously you aren’t having that issue. 😉

Definitely ask to speak to a supervisor or something.  There’s got to be a way for them to clear this up!  It might take awhile, but honestly it’s better to deal with it now, rather than later.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@amariem25:  Ask to speak to their supervisor. Tell the supervisor that they have the wrong number and that no one by the name they are looking for lives there. Tell the supervisor that if they continue to contact you that you will report them to your state’s attorney general and to Federal Trade Commision. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

Once I had a debt collector call me and ask me to tell my neighbor to pay his bill!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

OH MAN when I first got my phone number when I switched from AT&T to Verizon, I guess it was the old number of a guy who NEVER paid his bills. For months and months I would get calls for a “Josh Strudel” or something like that from the government about student loans, credit card companies… I even got calls from CVS telling him to come pick up his prescription, LOL. Sometimes I’d answer and be like, “This is NOT JOSH STRUDEL,” but I don’t think they believed me and they kept calling. I’d always tell them I was not him and did not know him so to please stop calling. It took about a year before they finally did. 

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Tell them that if they don’t stop harassing you, you will report them for harassment to the police, And start keeping track of when they call you. Technically, if your cell number isn’t published, they can’t legally call you after you’ve told them you aren’t the person they are looking for

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@MrsSl82be: 

Some of them still do though! When I told them I was not the guy they were looking for, one person told me that was the only number they had on file and before they could hand the account over to the NEXT bill collector, they had to prove they had exhausted every attempt at finding him… which meant calling the one number they had on file for him over and over again. 

Post # 16
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648 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Good Luck.   I get calls pretty regularly for my ex-husband, and they just DO NOT GIVE UP.   One company actually had my work number somehow (thanks, ex-dumbass!), and went as far as getting my supervisor on the phone by opting out of our automated phone system.  Man….I got that guy on the phone and went off on him!!!  I’ve offered up paperwork showing we’re divorced and that I have no obligations to these specific debts, given them his cell #, his work #, etc., and they will NOT GO AWAY!!!  

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