"I'm so sorry, I've got the wrong number."(76 Posts)
How fecking hard is that to say?
I seem to get weirdo calls all day long from companies (I assume) and 9/10 out of ten they just hang up when I say hello.
I'm with TPS, which has prevented some calls but some still slip through the net.
Am stressed today anyway and this has irked me further.
I had a woman call last week and she was not convinced that I wasn't the shoe shop where she had bought two pairs of slippers the other day and wanted to return a pair because she didn't like one of them and at the time she had been told that she could return them even through they were in the sale in case she wasn't happy with them when she got hope which she wasn't an she had tried to call the shop all day the previous day but nobody had answered the phone and why hadn't they answered the phone when the phone number was the one of the receipt that she had lost but it was the same number so could I confirm that she was coming into change the slippers and she wanted a refund... then she took a breath.
This was after I said 'I'm sorry but you have they wrong number, this is a private number'. I told her this again and she just said, 'hmmmmmmmm' and hung up.
Do you think when she finally gets to the shop she'll complain about the 'rude staff member'!
I would bet those 9 are auto-diallers and so no one even hears you say 'hello'. They answered a different call just before you pick up, instead.
And I think TPS is crap!!!
Oh yes, the auto diallers. I hate those bloody recorded messages too (you can't tell them to bugger off and take your name off their call list). Bastards. And all the 'have you been mis-sold a PPI' calls.
TPS doesn't seem to spare us at all. I have pretty much given up answering the landline.
I've started reporting these calls. Not sure if it does any good but it makes me feel better
We get calls for X store and Y firm each of which is one digit different from our number (one digit either end) - after this happend a few times we looked them up and so we can tell callers exactly where they are going wrong. They are usually very apologetic. I even called one woman back after she left a long detailed call about an order on OUR answerphone, so she knew the message had not got through. The daft message we have on our answerphone, you'd have thought she would have realsied it was not a business!
Message withdrawn at poster's request.
My phone number is very similar to the GP's. I get loads of calls for him and often get hung up on but occasionally a caller will insist they have dialled correctly. If this happens now I just ask them to list their symptoms and suggest they see a doctor....
My number was either that of a chain of chemists or very close to it. I havent had any calls for a while, but they were mostly sales reps trying to get an appointment.
Had the phone number for over 12 years so their info is really out of date
My old number was very similar to that of a cat sanctuary. I would get some very upset people calling. I would get some very sad answerphone messages, I did on occasion call them back and explain they had dialed a wrong number.
We got a recycled number when we moved here, and are TPS and ex-directory.
The only calls we get are chasing ancient debt for someone called Michelle. They are always very polite though.
I've never forgotten a wrong number phone call I received even though it was 30 years ago and the person who rang is probably long dead.
I picked up the phone and the caller was a rather nervous sounding elderly lady who started by saying "you don't know me but..." then launched into a long tale involving false teeth. I let her talk because she'd started by saying I didn't know her so somehow I thought she had got the right number and was ringing because she knew a member of my family who had false teeth. As she continued, it dawned on me that she thought she was speaking to a dental receptionist.
Eventually I had to explain to her that I wasn't a dentist and she'd rung the wrong number. I felt very sad to think that she was going to have to do it all over again and also sorry for the real dental receptionist who would probably prefer to be told what they need to know in a few sentences rather than a long story.
Have you worked out which company's phone is similar to yours ?
Our phone number used to be almost identical to that of a local taxi firm. I can tell you now, people are not impressed when they ring up at 3am to find you don't plan to go round and pick them up. I got the impression they wanted me to apologise for schlepping barefoot and pregnant down to my kitchen to hear another drunk complaining.
I get hundreds of debt collecting calls for Janet Craig... if anyone knows her can they tell her to stop giving out my bloody phone number!
Worse thing is when you say 'she doesn't live here -never has' they don't believe you!!
Completely agree. Three out of four calls on my home phone are wrong numbers and the bad news is that my phone number is one digit away from our local 24 hour chemist. I get lots of very angry people shouting at me that they need to talk to Karim and they know Karim works for me and they spoke to him last week and he gave them this number - this is usually at 2am. I've even spoken to the chemists to get them to check what number they are giving out but people are just idiots and they are also quite rude. Once I've finally got rid of them they usually call back to see if they will get someone at my house to finally admit that yes, we know Karim.
I also have the phone number that used to belong to the physiotherapist for the English National Ballet so I get a lot of very stressed mums of ballet dancers leaving lengthy messages for me about their daughters' injuries and pleading with me to call back urgently.
I can remember getting a crossed line a couple of times years ago. I listened in, but it wasn't about anything interesting. I was so disappointed
I get lots of calls to my mobile for Eric.
I've had this mobile number since mobiles were invented.
Eric does not know his mobile number obv, and secretly wants mine.
I've had calls about his medical appointments and everything, and I honestly dont sound like an Eric when I answer.
Now I don't answer and let it go to recording. Friends and family know to ask if I am there .
I get calls for someone called Orlando. I once got a long message on my answer phone saying his daughter was sick and he needed to collect her from nursery ASAP . It was a withheld number so I couldn't call them to explain the mistake. They must have thought he was a neglectful parent. I got lots of texts inviting him on nights out too.
When we last moved house to a completely new area, we were given a new phone number. Unfortunately we soon found out that it was the old, recycled number of the crematorium up the road. Kept getting calls from mainly elderly people and it drove us nuts. We put up with it for months before admitting defeat and asking for a new one.
I agree. This has happened so often, and naffed me off so much, I wrote a blog post about it once!
Crossed lines! That never happens nowadays. I listened in once to two old dears discussing knitting and getting a nice bit of haddock for tea.
My aunt's phone number was one digit away from our local Chinese delivery. If I was phoning a takeaway and misdialled I could at least have a nice chat with my aunt or uncle or a cousin before redialling!
I get calls and texts for somebody called Mohammed whose family and friends seem to treat him as a taxi service.
Also, years ago the number of the company I worked was inadvertently used by a tv programme as the number to ring to enter a competition. I spent most of a morning taking puzzling calls from people who told me the answer was 'b'.
For the last couple of months someone has been giving people my email address. She's registered her iPad to me, and booked some flights to lanzarote. I have no way of contacting her to let her know she's got it wrong though. I was tempted to try and get on the flight.
Our home phone no was v similar to one at Gatwick Airport (diff area code, same number)
that was fun....
Could you get a phone with caller display?
Good grief, when we first moved into our house and got our phone number, we had a lady in perhaps her 50's/60's phone us on a bi-weekly basis (at least). It was really, really annoying. Especially when we were really patient, said 'yuo have the wrong number' she'd just go 'ugh' and hang up
One time, when DS was very little and we were just trying to get him to sleep after a very long day, she rang. This was after about 6 months of it constantly. It was actually starting to get a bit weird; I put a thread about it on here I think. DH just lost it and went a bit crazy at her, told her we were trying to get our infant son to sleep so would she PLEASE learn how to dial a phone? He didn't swear or shout, just told her the number she obviously had was wrong and to please stop calling.
20 minutes later, she rang back and I answered. She asked if that was my husband I had spoken to, when I said yes, she told me I had an extremely abusive husband. I showed her in extremely colourful language the definition of abusive and also of harrassment. She hasn't called back since
"I get calls and texts for somebody called Mohammed whose family and friends seem to treat him as a taxi service."
I know him. We have a Mohammed's Taxis in my town.
My parents used to get calls for the local garden centre. My dad was so fed up with this but nothing seemed to be able to stop it. One particular day a very unpleasant lady called up complaining about a pair of Wellington boots she had bought that had fallen apart, the woman called him a moron and a liar for denying it was the garden centre she was speaking to and even threatened with trading standards! Eventually he told her to come back for a replacement pair , a £50 goodwill gesture voucher and a free lunch!
Not sure how that went down at the garden centre. Calls stopped soon afterwards though!
I got loads of people texting me once to wish Archie a happy birthday. Turned out that he was somebody's Grandad and was on his own for his birthday so she got all her pals to text him, except she gave out my number by mistake!
I had nothing better to do that day, so I texted them all back explaining that it was the wrong number and to wish Archie a happy birthday from me
But, as an aside, one of them texted me back and said "sorry, my bad!" I didn't think people actually used that phrase in RL!!!
My number used to get confused with a local taxi firm so I would get calls at all hours from drunk idiots , the phone company
sky wouldn't let me change it until is had it for a year sometimes I would just go along with it and say a taxi was on the way
I get lots of calls for various members of the White family. We have had this number for nearly five years.
At first, we were getting loads and loads of calls. About a year into having the number we got a call from the Magistrates Court asking when <young man's name> White was going to come in, I told they had the wrong number and her had never lived here. A few minutes later, the woman's supervisor called me back! She was very pleasant, but it seems that whoever this man is, had very recently given out our number. I told her we weren't ex-directory so to check, but I didn't know who they were.
Our local taxi service logs numbers so you don't even have to speak to them - once they have the number on file they will send the next available taxi. After waiting over an hour, I called them - they had our number and the White's address!
So now I know their name, and their address, how do I get them to stop giving out our fecking number as their own??
(Haven't had that many recently tbh, but it's still annoying when it happens!)
I get occasional calls from a company asking to speak to Miss Natalie Price. I don't know how many times I've calmly and not so calmly told them that there is no-one of that name on my land line number and never has been. Why can't anyone at that company take the initiative and wipe my number off Miss Natalie Price's record is beyond me. If I worked in a company and dialled a number only to be told that person does not live there I would amend the records. It's not difficult.
The silent calls are auto diallers. If you answer and there is a call handler free you get connected. If not it hangs up. A bloody nuisance!
I have TPS too but I was told that if my call originated abroad then it will come through. I am plagued by those bloody automated messages Urgh!
On a lighter note, Im one digit different from our doctors too and I had a strange message on my answer machine. The caller sounded elderly which worried me. So I did 1471 and managed to call them back. They were ok but did need the doctor.
The scariest one I ever had was around 1am when I lived in London. I used to leave my mobile on so that now ex could ring me when he rolled in from the pub (all together now...aaaah).
Anyway, I was woken up by the phone ringing. I blearily answered it. A Scottish lady said "Is that you Mimsy?" (using my actual first name!)
"Yes," said I, "who are you?"
"It's your mum! Why don't you know me? What's wrong? Are you injured? Are you okay?"
"You're not my mum," I said. "My mum isn't Scottish and goes to bed at ten. You have the wrong number." I put the phone down.
5 minutes later, she rang again, shouting and screaming about how I had stolen her daughter's phone and she needed to know she was safe. I tried reasoning with her, I tried talking to her. I asked her to dial the number again. I asked her to receite the number she was trying to call. She was. Not. Having. It.
She phoned me again and again. She told me she was ringing the police.
I told her that was a good idea, rang the police non-emergency number myself, gave my phone number and explained what was going on. Then I turned my phone off and went back to sleep.
Fucking ex didn't even bother ringing that night.
The other day we had a call from someone wanting to book a table at a pub, we explained they had the wrong number and when we googled the name of the pub it is just down the road from us and looks really nice and their number is just 1 digit different from ours.
Oh I'm reminded of our worst wrong number
We came home after holiday and found a few messages on our machine. They were all from an obviously elderly lady in distress, trying to reach her family because she wasn't feeling well. They were from days before but we had no idea who she was or what her number was.
I hope to God she got the number right eventually
Our old number in our student flatshare was one digit away from the local sorting office, and they used to put cards through the doors when they couldn't deliver a parcel - most of these cards were completely smudged in the rain or whatever so a 6 looked like an 8. We'd get so many calls each day asking for their parcels to be redelivered that we had to leave an answerphone message saying that we were not the post office. When this still didn't work we left one saying that they were calling the wrong number and anyone who left a message demanding a parcel on this number would have their post redirected to El Salvador (not my idea!) and loads of people would leave messages complaining that the post service was going downhill and they wanted to speak to a manager about it.
The worst was when the postmen used to call the number at 4am to call in sick. Some colourful language was used then!
XH and I moved into our new flat and inherited the number from the previous owner. Who, it turned out, had been running an escort agency from the flat below....
It was reasonably entertaining for a while, and the calls tailed off once we discovered which free paper carried her ads and persuaded them to pull them.
It turned more sinister when we got a call from the Murder Squad - it turned out she'd done a runner with her ex's daughter, and then the ex turned up dead in a ditch somewhere.
I'd love to know the outcome of it all.
I had one a few months ago from an old dear.
She said, "Is that you Margaret?"
Me, "No sorry, you have the wrong number"
Her "No, this is Margarets number"
Me, "No you definitely have the wrong number, there isn't a Margaret here"
Her, <sounded pised off and flustered> "Well why did you answer then?"
Then she hung up on me.
Next day she rang again, "is that you Margaret?"
Me "No sorry, you really do have the wrong number"
Her "<sigh>" and hung up again.
The kids think it's hilarious to ask "Is that you Margaret?"
I had a woman phone up once. 'Hi Unscented...' and launched non stop into a great conversation about stuff/people/events I knew nothing about.
I didn't know her It turned out that she thought she'd rung her daughter who was also, by total coincidence, called Unscented (not actually Unscented but ykwim)
By the time we'd worked it all out we were both completely exhausted.
My home phone number is one digit away from a local funeral home. You can just imagine the calls we have had over the years....
I also had a message on my mobile from a very distressed young lady trying to tell her dad she was on her way home and had a man with her. I tried to call her back to say she had the wrong number, but could never get her. I hope she was okay.
We've recently been getting calls and messages from an elderly lady looking for Marion, I've explained a couple of times that she's calling the wrong number, but all I get is "Well she answered this one last time!" We've been living here for four years, so I sincerely hope Marion hasn't been answering our phone!
A few years ago I had repeated calls from a woman trying to RSVP to a children's party invitation. I explained that I didn't have children and therefore didn't know anything about any children's party. Although my number was the one she'd been given, it was still the wrong number.
I think she rang about four times after this.
The pizza delivery store I work in ha a similar number to a Chinese around here. I keep answering the phone with the name and these people insist on asking me for crispy duck!
Not that I would turn down a crispy duck pizza
We have the same number (given by BT) as the local soft play centre. Every sodding day I come home to booking requests or people applying for cleaning jobs. I have to call each one back as it's either a kids party or someone looking for work; neither are things which I feel comfortable ignoring. Can BT sort it? No they can't.
Years ago, I had many.months ofphone calls in the early afternoon from a man asing for Eddie. I had no.idea who Eddie was so pokirely told tge caller he had the wrong number for months..
I told my boyfriend about this caller (we lived together). He told me that the calker wasasking for him! Eddie is his first name. I knew him by his second name. Wierdo.
Lol at Eddie.
We get calls all the time for the couple that used to live in our old house. They were an elderly couple who moved elsewhere in our village. We then brought the number with us to our new house.
But we answer and its always realllly posh people like Chummie from call the midwife. "Hellllllooooo peter old chum its meeeee your longlost brother from new zealand! How the devil are you?" And we have to say sorry he moved in 2010! To his brother. I mean how can you not tell your brother you moved? And worringly we had a call from his mothers care home saying they really really needed to talk to him.
We often wonder if they have his mothers body and saying "will he ever come to collect her do you think?"
I kept getting messages on my answephone, I worked out they were from some sort of private care angency.
Most time I ignored them- they were the "Betty, phone head office" type of calls..
Then there was one that was quite urgent (regarding a patient being transferred from hospital and things being set up for them)
I did phone them to say the message hadn't got to the right person.(so some poor soul risked being sent home without all the back-up in place )
I sound exactly like my mother on the phone. Uncannily so. When i moved back after uni, i was treated to all sorts of interesting details about her friends'
She sometimes gets me to answer her phone just to freak them out <snigger>
comes in handy when i cba to phone the tax people
I once got a call from someone asking me how much I charged for a certain sexual service. When I told him he must have th wrong number he was very apologetic and hung up. Out of curiosity I dialed 1471 and actually got his phone number! I would have thought he'd have withheld it. Obviously I didn't dial it.
My work mobile number must have been recycled many, many times or it is some weird portal for wrong numbers. I rarely get wrong numbers on the landline so it's very odd.
Amongst the many wrong number calls I've had include voicemails left from a dentist to a Mr X about collecting dentures, a potential employer to Miss X about an interview and from a shop to Mrs X regarding some curtains that were ready to collect. All the numbers were withheld and not left on the message so I couldn't let anyone know. Cos I'm nice, I would have. I'd hate to think of a pensioner without his falsies, someone missing an interview or someone pining for curtains
I also got a series of texts telling me that Paul had sadly passed away and then details of all the funeral arrangements. I did reply and tell them they had the wrong number and expressed condolences for their loss. The funeral service sounded lovely, I hope Paul got a good send off.
Ahha, Ruby, I know who Eric is! He never answers his phone or indeed takes it with him, nor does he know what it is!
Solesource, can't believe you called your BF 'Wierdo'
On my landline phone you can add numbers to a 'barred' list. We do this to when we get an autodial call. They often come up as 00000 or something like that.
At my previous house I used to get lots of calls from (what sounded like) an elderly gent calling his son. He'd leave long messages on the answer phone telling him to "unlock the garage, I'm on my way" and "put the kettle on, your mother's coming with me and will make a cuppa whilst we do the lifting". I did manage to speak to him on a couple of occasions and he was most apologetic but I don't think he really understood that he as dialling the wrong number.
I was in the lift at work recently when one of those recorded ppi calls called the alarm phone in the lift. I did wonder what would happen if i pressed 5 when requested
A woman once called my mum and screamed, "you've been going out with my husband". Cool as anything, mum replied, "well, tell me who your husband is and I'll tell you if I've been going out with him." I was rather proud of her.
I once answered the phone and the woman on the other end said "Who are you?" I asked her to tell me who she was first but she just kept on asking me who I was. We went on quite a while like that (I don't know why I just didn't hang up) until I said quite sternly "I will not tell you who I am until you tell me who you are and why you are phoning me." She said quite huffily "I want to speak to Brian." I said "You've got the wrong number." She said "Oh!" and hung up.
I think Brian must have been her husband or boyfriend and she thought I must be his other woman answering his phone.
Another time I answered the phone and the man said "I need to ask about guns." Feeling a bit disturbed I said "Huh?" He launched into some complicated question. I managed to interrupt to say "You've got the wrong number." He said "You're the gun centre?" "No..." "Are you sure?" "Yes..." "But I phoned your number. Its *****." "Yes." "So you are the gun centre." I hung up then. Luckily he didn't call back.
i keep getting wrong emails, which is quite odd. my email address is just my name @ one of the popular email sites with no other punctuation. when other people have a similar email but with . or - or _ in it, if they forget to put the punctuation in, the email comes to me.
If the email looks important, I generally reply and tell them they've got it wrong. there's a woman in Colorado whose family are constantly sending photos to me by mistake. I could start an album. its quite nice to see her kids growing up actually - I feel like I know them. but at the same time, i'm sure she isn't happy about some random person on the internet getting pictures of her family!
We keep getting calls for Mrs Dyer. They are always businesses and I've got so fed up of telling them that they have the wrong number I've started telling them she died. Fingers crossed that will finally make these people take notice and stop calling.
Ex compliance offer for direct marketing company here (though we did not do cold calls ourselves)
TPS only effective with UK based company.
Any UK company with autodiallers has to have a telephone number shown if you redial after a hang up.
Unfortuately can't enforce UK law on non-uk companies operating outside UK.
there have been some hefty fines given out recently for conmpanies not de-duping against TPS and making "nuisance" calls
My mobile number is obviously close to that of some man (using the term loosely). A few years ago over a period of months I got a lot of late night, long voicemails from a woman who had had her heart broken by him - I think he'd an affair. The messages would go on and on and on. Sometimes she'd be crying, sometimes she'd be saying "where are you", sometimes she'd be yelling abuse at him. Unfortunately her number was withheld so I was never able to let her know she'd got the wrong number - on the other hand, maybe it was the equivalent of writing a letter but not sending it? At least she got her feelings out and maintained her dignity (kind of) by not leaving them on HIS mobile.
More recently on our landline we have a lady who phones regularly asking for Bridget. She phoned several times on Christmas Day, she tried again on Boxing Day, and she's tried several times since. She's always apologises, puts the phone down and dials us again immediately a couple more times, just to check she's got the wrong number I guess. I've started answering the phone "Bridget's house" but she doesn't seem to have noticed.
Our old number must have been similar to a nursing home or medical agency because we sometimes got messages about staff rotas.
One day though we got a really lengthy message about needing a Dr straight away, asking advice on possible surgical intervention and giving a whole loads of stats about blood tests and the liver function results of some poor patient. I couldn't even call them back as their number was always withheld.
Hopefully nobody waited too long for my
expert opinion on operating on some poor man whose liver was failing.
Our current number is similar to a local business and we get people who launch straight into a complaint and then grudgingly accept they've got the wrong number only to ring back another 3 times just to check.
And my mobile number suddenly started getting group texts from some club run by Brian. After being included in 5 or 6 of their group's texts, I politely texted Brian back to let him know he had the wrong number. He was furious and told me he had been texting the same numbers for 3 years and assured me that it was not in fact his mistake at all!
I signed up for gmail back when you still needed to be invited so got email@example.com. Unfortunately there seem to be quite a few people with my name that haven't realised they don't have firstname.lastname@example.org. I've had personal emails, emails confirming hotel/conference/plane ticket bookings, voucher codes for the Irish equivalent of groupon, loads of emails asking me to confirm someone else's child's membership of various websites, mailshots from beauty salons in Wisconsin etc and even someone's American Express credit card statement. If it looks like something important/personal I email back saying that they have the wrong email address and when they find the myname they're looking for can they ask them to stop giving out my email address please. I had to spend ages on the phone to American Express trying to sort things out because the call centre workers for the UK part of the company couldn't just look up a US customer by email address.
yep, QueenS, i'm with gmail too. I asked them and they said if there are any problems with an email, or if any punctuation is missed out, the email defaults to email@example.com. very helpful!
I've actually registered my.name but get anything to myname - google actually ignores any dots so m.yname would go to me too as would my.....name. I'm just happy that I'm not a John Smith or whatever - I've got a not particularly common Irish surname paired with a first name that hasn't been near the top 100 for decades. I reckon I'd get a hundred times more misdirected emails if I was an Elizabeth or similar.
I once got an email to the samaritans but based in America. Peggy wanted to know when she should come in. Not sure if Peggy was a client or a volunteer.
When I was at uni I got a few voicemail messages and text messages from what sounded like a fairly young girl, along the lines of "thanks for last night, I had a great time, hope your wife doesn't find out" etc. In the end I got my bf to ring her back to tell her she had the wrong number, he said she didn't sound like she really believed him.
I've also been told that x won't make it to her flute lesson tonight, and been asked to pick someone up from the train station.
I constantly get calls for the previous owner of this phone number (different address, just recycled numbers).
However, they're not just from companies. We occasionally get text messages over our landline 'Hi Julie, we'll see you at the Dog and Duck at 7.30'.
I just kept thinking, clearly she doesn't like these people much otherwise she would have given them her new number.
Until one day I got a call from British Gas asking for her. They were calling her back about a query she had with her bill and she'd literally just given them our number!
I wouldn't mind but we've had the number for four years!!!
She is still giving it out now... <very big sigh>
Oh and another one (I think quite funny, although not for the guy concerned)...
Text message on New Years Day:
Him: Hi, thank you for last night, I had a great time. xxx
Me: Hi, I think you've got the wrong number...
Him: Oh, isn't this Sarah?
Me: No and I was at home with my husband last night...
Him: So sorry, she obviously gave me a wrong number. I don't suppose you fancy going out???
I have fun with these sometimes as my DH has kept the same landline for donkeys years and had it when married to his first wife.
So it goes:
Is that Mrs DH?
Mrs A. DH?
No. Mrs B. DH.
Can l speak to Mrs A. DH?
Not here no.
....and from the top and repeat.
They seem to think my DH is a cult leader with a few wives rattling round the house past and present.
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