Someone gave my name and phone number to creep online. What now?
August 7, 2012 1:46 AM Subscribe
Someone gave out my name and phone number in a potentially creepy chatroom. What do should I do to protect myself?
posted by Ommcc to Computers & Internet (8 answers total)
This afternoon I received a call from a blocked number on my cell phone. It was man I did not recognize. When I answered he ask if I was Ommcc (he used my real first name) from x city (a nearby suburb connected to Ommcc's actually city). The area code of my cell phone is associated with the location he mentioned so he could have gotten the city from looking up the area code. But how he knew my name was concerning.
I asked who he was and he told me we had been chatting earlier online in a chatroom. At this point my confusion lead him to realize I am not the Ommcc he was trying to reach. He told me that he must have the wrong number. However he did not hang up and I again asked him who he was and what chatroom he got my number. He did not tell me his name and simply said the chatroom was for "friends" (i specifically asked if the chatroom was for any community, or hobbyists). After that he apologized for calling and hung up.
It does not seem likely that this person got a randomly wrong number that happened to be mine looking from someone by the same name.
None of my other accounts appear (email, bank or otherwise) to have been tampered with. And it is pretty easy to get the name associated with phone number. So can I just write this off or should I be concerned? If I get more of these calls in the next few days I will change my number and let the police know but based on just this one call how concerned should I be and what should I do?
I am a man and my name while not unique or unusual is not extremely common (ie John, Mike, Steve).