Seriously Wrong Number.
February 20, 2012 11:16 AM Subscribe
Got a call from someone who said he got my number from someone else I don't remember meeting. Should I pursue more info or let it drop?
posted by anonymous to grab bag (20 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I got a weird phone call yesterday from someone who knew my first name (I'll call the caller "Norton"), and said he got my number from a friend of his. He mentioned the name of the friend (I'll call the friend "Ralph Kramden"), but I didn't recognize the name. I tried a couple times to get Norton to explain what the call was about, but Norton was one of those rambly talkers who tells you all sorts of extra detail - all I could get out of him was that Ralph taught at a school in my city, that Norton and Ralph were at a party recently, and that Ralph had met some woman named Linda (I don't know if that's relevant, but Norton mentioned it). And apparently, Ralph had told Norton I was "a really nice lady" and that he should call me. When I again said I didn't know Ralph and asked what this was about, Norton apologized and hung up.
I don't think Norton is dangerous (I get the sense he was nervously and awkwardly trying to ask for a date), but what worries me is that Ralph somehow got my phone number and is giving it out to people. I don't think I'm listed now, and even when I was I only used my first initial; Norton knew my name. There IS a slim chance that Ralph is someone I worked with and I've just forgotten the name, but that would have been more likely with my old phone number; not this one.
I was able to get Norton's phone number through *69. I wanted to call Norton to ask for Ralph's number, so I can talk to Ralph and find out who he is and how he got my number (and tell him to stop handing it out!), but a friend pointed out that I only have Norton's say-so that that's how he got my number, so I should let it drop unless Norton calls me again. But the whole thing has me a little uneasy still.
So - should I call Norton and get Ralph's number, so I can call Ralph? Should I wait and see if anyone else gets my number from Ralph, or see if Norton calls again? Or should I let it drop? Or something else?