We’ve all gotten wrong-number calls and texts; some of us have even been on the receiving end of repeated wrong-number calls looking for the same person. But Consumerist reader Ed wants to know why his phone number is listed — twice — as a babysitter on Care.com, even though he’s (A) not a babysitter, and (B) never had an account with the site. [More]
On one end of the wrong-number spectrum is the lawyer who still gets calls and texts intended for Sir Mix-A-Lot, on the other end is the D.C.-area attorney who received some 300 text messages yesterday from people seeking free burritos from Chipotle. [More]
Earlier this week, Sprint and Verizon reached multimillion-dollar settlements with federal regulators for allowing third parties to bill for unwanted and unauthorized add-on services. But when New Jersey residents tried to call the Sprint information number given out by the state’s attorney general, they were in for another telephonic surprise. [More]
While at some point in your life it might be beneficial to talk to hot ladies or exciting guys on the phone, it’s not particularly helpful to be directed to a singles hotline when you’re looking for information on healthcare. That’s what happened when some California residents called a number posted on the Covered California homepage recently. [More]
There might have been thousands of people who received vouchers from Walmart during Thanksgiving weekend that entitled them to order a television online at a certain price. For many of them, the voucher didn’t work, so they called the toll-free number on the voucher. For some reason that isn’t clear to anyone yet, this number was forwarded to a spa in Wisconsin. [More]
Why is that every time we hear about a city or otherwise very public entity getting a phone number wrong, it’s inevitable that callers end up dialing a sex line? The Surprise! This Is A Phone Sex Number And Not The Number You Were Looking For phenomenon struck San Francisco residents trying to complain about Sunday’s Nike Marathon. [More]
Jack’s sister was recently assigned a new phone number after moving to a different area. That’s not unusual. What is unusual is that she keeps receiving phone calls from people in New England looking for a nonexistent TV repair service.
Reader Rachael wants to know if there’s any way she can get a harassing debt collector to stop calling her 3 times a day — looking for someone else who used to have her number.
Is this a good method for dealing with harassing debt collectors? We have no idea. Did it amuse us? Yep. —MEGHANN MARCO