Strange phone numbers/phone calls

Someone with a 999-999-9999 number (all the way) just called me... SCARY. I don't know if they were trying to prank call me but that is the scariest phone number I have ever seen. Now I'm afraid that someone is going to knock on my door and threaten to kill me!! I mean, do you ever see a number like that?!? Yeah, you probably think I'm stupid and that I worry to much.

I wonder if the advertising people like doing their jobs. The same 866 number is still calling me and whenever my parents pick up they're like "Advertising people!" and hang up. It's just so annoying, when are they ever going to get to the point that we don't answer to strange numbers and maybe they should stop calling!? Its been 3 months already... -_-

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25 replies since 29th September 2010 • Last reply 29th September 2010

I get wierd numbers like that too.. today infact the call display said "514" thats it, that was the number LOL.. Of course it was telemarketing! I wouldnt worry about it.. its just a pain, telemarketing should be illegal, it's harassment.

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I have had a few numbers like that call and once it was just the number 15, most of the time it's just telemarketing. Yesterday my phone said "Call is calling". I can't blame ya for being freaked out by it, I have telephobia so simple things usually scare the hell out of me.

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I once got a call from all 0's it was like 000-000-0000 is calling. it seemed weird to me almost like "the call is coming from inside the house!" but as it turns out it was a very inthusiastic man trying to sell me something-or-other.

A couple weeks ago 123456789 called me too.

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My phone number ends 666. Happy
But I can understand you beeing scared,we have strange phone calls all the time on our house phone.It rings,someone pics up and its like nobody is on the other end.
Also we always have older women or men calling us asking for their son or relative.I pick up and they dont even ask if its the house they wanted to call,they just start to tell what they wanted.I had someones granny tell me her whole day(what she did,what she cooked,where she was) but I didnt say anything because I think she just needed to talk to someone. Happy

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Aw bless! I'm sure she appreciated that Violetta Happy

We don't have numbers like that here in the UK so yeah I would be creeped out if I got an all 0's or all 9's number. Advertising companies are annoying but I guess the reason they do it is all in the title there... Advertising.

Just hang up, you don't have to talk to anyone you don't want to Happy Did you answer the call or just let it ring?

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To answer a question in the original post, NO. People who have to call you as part of their job do NOT enjoy what they do, especially when rude people play tricks on them and are rude to them. That was a stupid question. Can you imagine actually LIKING that job?

So sorry if you think my response was rude, but people need to realize that those who call your house are NOT doing it for the enjoyment, and are, indeed, HUMAN BEINGS who deserve your respect like anybody else--whether or not you are interested in what they are selling. A "No, thank you" on your part will suffice.

Please also note that those who have sunk to this level probably also have quite a few demons that need to be sorted out. After all, it's not like anyone goes up to mommy and daddy and says, "I want to have a terrible, low-paying job where I HAVE to call people I don't know and deal with things I'm unenthusiastic about!" Clearly, this sort of a job is a last-resort for people whose lives haven't turned out the way they'd hoped.

--And yes, I know. I deal with customer service all the time. Just a side note--those who act as though we are not worth anything get terrible service in the future. Those who have MANNERS and say "Yes, please," and "No, thank you" are the ones who get excellent customer service.

You get what you give.

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My first job was as a telemarketer, and your right, it sucked so I moved on. But I have always politely asked to be removed from the calling list and they call again the next day and wake up my daughter who is napping. How can I not get angry when this happens multipule times a day.. I counted once.. 7 calls in 5 hours!!! I can't turn off the ringers because im afraid I will miss an emergency call or something important. I have gone through every way possible to be removed from lists and have my number blocked but they still call. its enough to drive a person mental!! I still consider it harassment and it should be against the law!

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I know what you mean Rachie, I used to work at a call center for different accounts in one building. The last one before I finally quit was T-mobile. So I fully understand "You get what you give."
Though we weren't allowed to be rude to customers of course.

I too get crazy numbers calling me, even the 000-000-0000. I have since put those numbers on a restrict list, a cool feature my cell has, and yet they keep calling. I have answered to find that they are someone trying to sell me something or telling that I've won something, yeah right. I do politely tell them I'm not interested, say good-bye and hang up. And I do that because they continue to keep trying to pitch whatever it is they are trying to sell or give me, even after I have said at least twice that
"I'm not interested". How many ways or TIMES do I have to say it. Yeah ok, I understand that they may have to meet a quota or something to get paid, but no means no, you're not gonna make your money here so stop wasting your time and mine and move on to the next call. So in a way I save them the trouble of the time wasting part.

But yeah, unfortunately your number, be it landline or cell, gets put into the system where it's available for telemarketers to get it, which I thought was illegal.

And yeah, I agree that you would think that they would get the hint after the first 50 times they call, and you don't answer that they would give up. I have this one number that calls me multiple times in one day, it's now on my restrict list, it comes through but my phone doesn't ring, but till comes up as a missed call. I have called it back when it was an actual missed call before it got added to my list to see what it's about and all I got was a recording.

If you're getting unidentified calls, you can try whocallsme.com to possibly find out who it is.

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I feel for you Rachie! I've never done a telemarketing job but they're talking on behalf of the company. I'm always polite unless the person is genuinely rude to me and then I'll be rude back. Sometimes they just don't listen to what you're telling them!

I've seen people getting really angry though and just want to say 'hey, chill out! It's not their fault!'. Even more annoying is like Kitty said they ring and ring and ring. Grr, lol.

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I used to get the 000-000-0000 number all the time. It would call at 2am and every 3-5 minutes for the next half hour. It would ring me at all other times of the day too. If I caught it on the first ring, there would always be a buzzing noise and I could just barely make out what sounded like a telemarketer talking to someone else. It was pretty weird.

A geeky friend of mine suggested that it was a glitchy computer system calling me. The only way I could fix the problem was to save the number into my phone, then apply a personalized "ring tone" setting to silent. (or no ring)

This happened for a couple of months, then it just went away.

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I agree that there is no need to be rude to the telemarketers, they are just doing a job the same as anyone else. It's the same with the religious people going door to door, no need to slam your door in their face, just be polite if you aren't interested. I don't think there was anything "stupid" about that question though. You were just asking a question about something that you were wondering about, nothing wrong with that.

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I agree that there is a level when this becomes harassment--like when they call 7 times an hour or so, or when you owe student loans or something. What you can do, however, is "demand that (they) 'cease and desist,'" literally. If you use that terminology and they continue, at least in the USA, it is considered harassment and you may then sue for harassment. (Thanks, Dad. ;) )

I work as customer service, not a sales rep, so fortunately, my job isn't the *worst* phone job on the planet. I genuinely feel for those who are stuck selling a product they don't believe in, through technology that dehumanizes them to the point that we feel as though we can be rude, because we forgot that they are people.

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I used to get calls like that. I hate when u tell them to take u off thier lists & they dont. I once said to 8 times/calls, before they actually did it. It was crazy.
I also got into a lengthy convo with a telemarketer guy once. We talked about our lives & random crap for almost 1 hour. lol It was amazing, we were laughing hysterically. Then they cut him off, & transfered me to his manager (which is what we were waiting for). I got so pissed & sad when she answered (b/c i liked him!), that i hung up on her. I think me & him woulda been friends. XD

I'm actually scared of phones. Truefully. Now I dont answer the house phone anymore (b/c i dont need or want to talk to anyone who calls that), and if a number i dont know calls my cell phone, i dont answer it.
Once my best friend kept calling from her job, and i didnt know the number, so i never answered. She tried for like 3 days, but then finally called from home & when i answered she yelled at me. lol I had to confess.
I dont trust phones. >.>

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Urban Legend- Reports of death linked to an evil phone number 999-999-9999 that grants the wish of any caller but with a price.

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