[Magdalen] Blocking calls??

Lynn Ronkainen houstonklr at gmail.com
Wed Jan 8 16:17:16 UTC 2020

.... there is nothing quite like a persistent caller with an agenda (crime, fraud, etc) who calls a wrong number - misdial or old.  Been there done that too.  Sometimes I think people even provide a 'made up' number that just happens to belong to someone.

-----Original Message-----
From: Magdalen <magdalen-bounces+houstonklr=gmail.com at herberthouse.org> On Behalf Of Scott Knitter
Sent: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 9:34 AM
To: magdalen at herberthouse.org
Subject: Re: [Magdalen] Blocking calls??

I've been rude back to the caller lately...a few callers have asked for "Tricia." I inform them that Tricia hasn't had this phone number for something like 12 years (which is true). (Too bad she's also been in financial and/or legal trouble and I get calls for her from people threatening to serve papers on her). But recently the caller has responded, "OK, I'm calling from the Police Association to raise funds for..." And I stop them by saying, "You were calling for Tricia, and I told you this is not her number. Goodbye."

On Wed, Jan 8, 2020 at 8:16 AM Simon Kershaw <simon at kershaw.org.uk> wrote:

> I used to have a similar situation Scott. It was a few years ago when 
> you and I briefly worked for the same company.
> My direct dial number was very like that of a big local taxi company.
> Their number was (and still is) 01223 715715, and mine was 01223 371571.
> So if you meant to call for a taxi but accidentally pressed "3" twice, 
> or your finger bounced on it, then you would reach me (the extra "5" 
> at the end being ignored).
> It got pretty tiresome, and I dreamed up (but didn't implement) two 
> possible responses. The first was simply to accept their insistence 
> that I was a taxi firm and "take" their booking. They would never get 
> a taxi, but was that my fault? The second, more elaborate, dream was 
> to come to an arrangement with a rival taxi firm to take a commission 
> for diverting such calls to them.
> It's amazing how rude some people can be when they have called a wrong 
> number.
> simon
> On 2020-01-04 20:45, Scott Knitter wrote:
> > I often get calls from military bases asking for technical support.  
> > I suspect those who reach me have dialed the wrong area code. Still, 
> > a few seem convinced I'm still the one who can help them, even when 
> > I tell them they've reached a personal phone in Chicago and not a 
> > Navy help desk.
> --
> Simon Kershaw
> simon at kershaw.org.uk
> St Ives, Cambridgeshire

Scott R. Knitter
Edgewater, Chicago, Illinois USA

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