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nicksan
9th of June 2008 (Mon), 19:23
Happened to me today. Don't recall ever happening to me.

Basically this guy calls me asking if I am the person he names. I would usually reply "who's calling?" before answering that kind of question but I had just gotten home from work in this friggin' heat wave we are having in the East Coast, and wasn't thinking straight and just answered "Yes, speaking".

Then the guy just hung up.

Don't know why but it's bothering me to no end. What would prompt someone place a call like that without a hidden motive?

Obviously he was attemtping to confirm my name to the phone number.

HuskyKMA
9th of June 2008 (Mon), 20:14
A lot of time thieves will look up the names and phone numbers that go with a house they've been looking at, then call to see if anyone's home. If nobody answers, they know there's nobody in that house. So when you answered, it may have been someone trying to match the name, address, and phone number together to determine if anyone was home at the time.

Do you have your name listed on a mailbox or on your house anywhere? That's a no-no, because it can lead to calls like this.

nicksan
9th of June 2008 (Mon), 21:04
Scary.
No I don't have my name displayed anywhere on my property.
However, I am most likely listed in the local phone directory.

Kinda paranoid about this because the number I got via caller ID is not in service.

Hope things are OK.

p.s. Put up some ADT stickers on my windows and put the yard sign back up again. I redid my house and never bothered with any of this stuff. I have the old alarm system, kinda gimpy operationally but figured this would be better than nothing.

I guess also, perhaps I should be concerned with ID theft...since my friend who used to live in my house temporarily (changed his address officially to my address during that time) got hit hard with ID theft. (Sony laptop, multiple credit cards, some clothing, etc...)

Better start checking my credit report. :-(

A lot of time thieves will look up the names and phone numbers that go with a house they've been looking at, then call to see if anyone's home. If nobody answers, they know there's nobody in that house. So when you answered, it may have been someone trying to match the name, address, and phone number together to determine if anyone was home at the time.

Do you have your name listed on a mailbox or on your house anywhere? That's a no-no, because it can lead to calls like this.

HuskyKMA
9th of June 2008 (Mon), 22:19
Could also just have been somebody messing around (teenagers). But, you never really know. I told my parents they need to get their number unlisted. They insist that someone may look it up needing to contact them though. But seriously, how many people really look up people in the phone book?

nicksan
9th of June 2008 (Mon), 22:24
Yeah, I need to delist my number as well.
They didn't sound like Teenagers.

I should have answered "Who's calling?" first...dang it.

I don't know why this is bothering me this much. It's just the way it went down...hopefully a few days will cure me of paranoia!

But, maybe a good time to look into my alarm system...and see if I can improve it/modernize it.

Could also just have been somebody messing around (teenagers). But, you never really know. I told my parents they need to get their number unlisted. They insist that someone may look it up needing to contact them though. But seriously, how many people really look up people in the phone book?

tsw910
10th of June 2008 (Tue), 12:40
WOW nick .. this is scary since the last incident .. i would definitely be checking my Credit reports and i would go ahead and call my CC company and ask them to re-issue you another CC with a differnet # of course ..

unless you are be set up to have papers served on you .. cuz thats what i use to do and thats how we did it .. call, ask and hang up ...

Chet
10th of June 2008 (Tue), 12:44
Are you married?

Mike McCusker
10th of June 2008 (Tue), 12:52
I can remember a similiar scenario when I was still on the Job. Guy wanted to veriy that it was the number of wife"s lover......

nicksan
10th of June 2008 (Tue), 14:51
I am married. Nothing sinister in my household going on so...

Obviously this was a purposeful call...whatever the underlying reason was.

Given recent events, I would have to guess in the lines of ID theft. I knew it would eventually come to this, my fault for letting my wife talk me into letting her friend use our address for a few months. Again, the friend isn't behind this...100%...we are all victims...it's just that now my address is kinda "marked" for this crap.

I think I better put a flag on my credit reports, etc. I am not worried about my mail since I do everything online these days and am paperless.

It's either that, or someone's trying to rob my house. I've got pretty nosy neighbors and alarm system and stickers/yard sign, so hopefully that will detract the would-be robbers...if that's what's behind the calls.

Hopefully this has taught my wife a lesson...NEVER to "lend out" our address under any circumstances, close friend or not. Because in the end we pay the price for it.

I still have that goddam laptop sitting in my living room in its shipping box. Can't figure out how to get rid of the dang thing. Sony won't talk to me because I am not the person on the invoice. That person is already in Japan. It's really silly how this works.

nicksan
10th of June 2008 (Tue), 14:52
I cannot imagine what kind of papers would be served up. Not behind on any bills, never have been.

Pretty scary...hopefully after a few days, I can relax a little.


WOW nick .. this is scary since the last incident .. i would definitely be checking my Credit reports and i would go ahead and call my CC company and ask them to re-issue you another CC with a differnet # of course ..

unless you are be set up to have papers served on you .. cuz thats what i use to do and thats how we did it .. call, ask and hang up ...

amiganut08
9th of August 2011 (Tue), 23:56
Happened to me today. Don't recall ever happening to me.

Basically this guy calls me asking if I am the person he names. I would usually reply "who's calling?" before answering that kind of question but I had just gotten home from work in this friggin' heat wave we are having in the East Coast, and wasn't thinking straight and just answered "Yes, speaking".

Then the guy just hung up.

Don't know why but it's bothering me to no end. What would prompt someone place a call like that without a hidden motive?

Obviously he was attemtping to confirm my name to the phone number.

Hi,
Sorry to revive such an old thread, but this has just happened to me a few hours ago and when i searched the internet for info on similar situations, i came across this thread. Anyway in this situation i would have normally said, "sorry you have the wrong number" and be done with the call, but instead i said "Yes who should i say is calling". I was going to say sorry you have the wrong number, but then when i heard the lady pronounce my name it sounded important so i sort of made out it wasnt me, but i dont think that matters if someone wanted to match a name to the number. Anyway now i am paranoid as hell as to what to expect because of this call.

One thing i must say that is different to your situation is that i would receive a call on my mobile (mainly from a blocked number, and sometimes from numbers that when i rang back, did not exsist), which i would not answer, then everytime they would leave a blank 170second message. After i would recieve a message alert on the mobile phone, the house phone would start calling.

Anyway hope all was ok after your experience.

Cheers

S.Horton
10th of August 2011 (Wed), 20:15
Happened to me today. Don't recall ever happening to me.

Basically this guy calls me asking if I am the person he names. I would usually reply "who's calling?" before answering that kind of question but I had just gotten home from work in this friggin' heat wave we are having in the East Coast, and wasn't thinking straight and just answered "Yes, speaking".

Then the guy just hung up.

Don't know why but it's bothering me to no end. What would prompt someone place a call like that without a hidden motive?

Obviously he was attemtping to confirm my name to the phone number.

Probably just a telemarketer trying to make a metric.

My brother worked for IBM in a call center for a while.

There, they were measured on avg call time (low=good) and cases closed (high=good)

He would constantly hear people just hanging up and closing cases, then hear the person call back irately screaming at a different call center person.

But, sure enough, the people who did that got the highest pay.

People don't do what you expect, they do what you inspect. Sometimes.

MajesticMomentsPhoto
22nd of August 2011 (Mon), 00:13
My home answering machine message as follows;

"If you're a bill collector, please listen we don't have any bills so don't leave a message we won't check it or call you back. If you are a friend or a family member you know how to get a hold of us. Good bye!"

I got tired of telemarketers, collection agencies looking for other people, etc etc.

Everyone we know calls us on the Cell...

narland
22nd of February 2012 (Wed), 18:35
This happened to me today too. Someone rang my cell three times from blocked number until I answered, a courteous voice of a male (in his forties or fifties) ask if I was (my full name), I said YES, the he said "Thank You" and hung up.

So any of you found out what it was eventually? Please respond if you know anything. I'm kind of worried. Thanks folks.

orena
22nd of February 2012 (Wed), 19:22
if you sell drugs now is the time to stop

rick_reno
23rd of February 2012 (Thu), 00:33
I get a lot of calls from numbers that aren't in my address book, I ignore them.

amiganut08
24th of February 2012 (Fri), 22:37
Do you owe any companies money?? may it be power, phone or insurance ect?

kyliecakes
17th of August 2012 (Fri), 08:58
Hi,

Can anyone put my mind at rest that everything was ok after this happened to them? Same thing happened to me yesterday on my mobile phone - got all kinds of possibilities going round in my head. Did anyone have fraud happen to them afterwards?

Thanks

Kasrielle
17th of August 2012 (Fri), 18:11
We gave up our land line last year and now just each have cell phones. If I get a call with a number I don't recognize I just don't answer - I figure if it's someone I know they will leave a message. Drives my wife crazy - she can't stand having a phone ring and not pick it up... :D

thomascanty
18th of August 2012 (Sat), 09:37
We gave up our land line last year and now just each have cell phones. If I get a call with a number I don't recognize I just don't answer - I figure if it's someone I know they will leave a message. Drives my wife crazy - she can't stand having a phone ring and not pick it up... :D

If your phones are Android based, get the "Call Control" app. Your wife will never hear calls like that ring again. That should make it less frustrating for her. :lol:

rick_reno
18th of August 2012 (Sat), 14:59
Nicksan, time to move. At a minimum make sure you move gets you to a new state, ideally it will be one that does not border the state you are currently in. Hawaii is nice, I'd recommend it. As soon as you get settled in your new location, start exploring some countries that might work should this happen again. A friend of mine here is trying get me to move to Ecuador, he says it's paradise.

Acetoolguy
19th of August 2012 (Sun), 08:05
back in high school, in the 70's, the phone rings, I answer it. A girl asks for Mary, I say sorry wrong number. there is a pause and the girl asks is this Steve? I say huh...she says, is this Steve....I say yes, she says I thought so....and hangs up. To this day I would kill to find out who that was.

badbap28
14th of December 2012 (Fri), 15:59
Hi,

Can anyone put my mind at rest that everything was ok after this happened to them? Same thing happened to me yesterday on my mobile phone - got all kinds of possibilities going round in my head. Did anyone have fraud happen to them afterwards?

Thanks


THIS JUST HAPPENED TO ME TOO on my cell! Did you ever have any problems afterward? Could it have just been a telemarketer like someone else said? I don't know if I should change my mobile number or not. I'm not reading about the follow-up to you and others that report the similar thing happening to them. Anyone have any more info or advice?

rick_reno
14th of December 2012 (Fri), 16:40
I don't answer my phone unless I recognize the number

joeblack2022
14th of December 2012 (Fri), 16:50
It happened to me at work a few weeks back and it was a bit alarming - I've been meaning to follow up by doing credit checks and making sure it wasn't something to do with ID theft. The number listed was "112" on my call display.

My information is listed publicly due to work, but regardless it was a strange call..!

Todd Lambert
14th of December 2012 (Fri), 16:51
Look out the for accompanying black helicopters in the night.

Justinryan215
15th of December 2012 (Sat), 03:50
I have never gotten a call like the ones mentioned here, but if there is a number on the caller I D, you can actually enter the number into the google search bar, and usually, in the first few links, there is one for a reporting website that other people who have also had that number call them from, and sometimes a fairly solid answer as to who the caller was.....

JohnB57
15th of December 2012 (Sat), 14:14
This type of call is very common here in the UK and although annoying, is not quite as sinister as you might think. Call centres, (often outside the country to get round UK legislation) buy phone/address lists from various sources and call, firstly establishing that the number is live and secondly that the person on their list is still at that address. They then sell this information to companies who will use it to call and sell you things - for example energy, insurance, timeshare, accident claims services, etc.

Of course, if there are skeletons in your closet...

cdiver2
15th of December 2012 (Sat), 16:27
Not the same type of call but I got one (twice) on the home phone that asked in a automated voice "if you are expecting a call from eBay press one, as I had nothing going on at eBay I hung up and have no idea what it was all about