Starting last night I have been receiving calls on my cell phone from companies saying that I went to various websites and asked for a quote either for a card, health insurance, college, refinancing or some other service. I have been getting calls from dozens of people every couple of minutes since last night. This morning I had at least 5-6 calls before 9 am and when I last checked my phone I had missed 16 calls and had voicemails too.
I never visited any sites or asked for calls. Whoever is doing this is using my name and cell phone number but not my email address thankfully.
Is anyone having this happen or has it happened to you before? Verizon suggested blocking the numbers but there are WAY more than the 5 you can block for free. I registered the number with the Do Not Call registry but if someone is asking for calls on a site then that gives permission for these places to call.
I don't want to have to change my cell phone number as I've had it for many years.
Horses 547 wrote:
I think I would take a chance and change the number. If the new number is just as bad, change it again.
That is true and should be the next corse of action. However the customer has that risk of getting an often posted or used number or one hardly used and will not get loads of former owner calls. like I said its a crap shoot.
I can understand the frustration of having unwanted calls to your mobile phone gamerchic. You have definitely took all precautions to prevent further calls by blocking the five free numbers and registering with the Do Not Solicit list. If the unwanted calls persist changing your number may be the next step but we offer another feature you can add to block more numbers until they stop.http://vz.to/MqEgqB . Please keep us posted and remember, changing your number is very simple and free online via My-Verizon.
Well, so far the calls have continued but I've noticed that now the incoming calls are the same businesses calling back over and over, not new ones. So I'm going to use today as a test to see if an influx of new calls starts coming i
I started answering the phone and telling each rep what was happening and not to call me anymore but that's hard to do with dozens of calls all day. If the calls stop I'll hope for the best if not, you guys are right that I'd have to change my number but I hadn't thought of getting someone's old number that could be worse so that's something to think about too.
I don't know anyone in my personal life who would play that kind of a prank on anyone so I still think it's possible that some database with my cell number got hacked.
I appreciate the helpful replies and I'll see what today brings.