"Private Caller" Phone Calls

@slund2041 (3377)
United States
February 8, 2016 7:08am CST
I wished there was something I could do about annoying people playing on the telephone. I received a bunch of calls in the middle of the night last night, and it kept me awake all night. I had just dozed off when the phone rang, and I jumped up thinking something bad had happened to one of my family members. I looked at ID, and it said "Private Caller". I feel like this should be so illegal to be able to block your name and number like that. The calls started at 2:15 AM, and continued every fifteen minutes until about 4:30 AM. I would answer the phone, and nobody would say anything.
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@JolietJake (51124)
• United States
8 Feb 16
I would have silenced the ringer after the second one and ignored them after that
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@slund2041 (3377)
• United States
8 Feb 16
I am afraid to do that, because my family is in bad shape. I never know when I will be called upon. In a perfect world I would have silenced it though.
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@Raelove (16810)
• Saco, Maine
8 Feb 16
@slund2041 I don't answer the phone if I get "Private Caller" or "Caller Unknown." All my loved ones' names show up on the caller ID, so I know who I'll be talking to. If your family's names show up, then chances are that all those other calls aren't worth answering.
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@JolietJake (51124)
• United States
8 Feb 16
@Raelove I agree, although I think the point is more along the lines of being awakened and having to look to see who was calling even if you didn't actually answer it.
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@JudyEv (126351)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Feb 16
That would be very annoying. Can you leave the phone off the hook or is it important that people can get through?
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@JudyEv (126351)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Feb 16
Just read below that family might need to contact you.
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@slund2041 (3377)
• United States
8 Feb 16
I cannot really leave the phone off the hook due to my elderly family might need my help.
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@whiteream (3682)
• United States
10 Feb 16
@JudyEv it would drive me crazy, there really isn't much you can do about it. I am sorry this is happening.
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@marlina (74941)
• Canada
8 Feb 16
This is so annoying. I wonder if there is a way that the company could find out the number?
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@slund2041 (3377)
• United States
8 Feb 16
I do not know if they can or not. I get "Private Caller" type calls during the daytime, and it is usually just SPAM calls such as Home Security.
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@fishtiger58 (30337)
• Momence, Illinois
8 Feb 16
Time to unplug the phone.
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@slund2041 (3377)
• United States
8 Feb 16
I would if I knew my family was okay.
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@fishtiger58 (30337)
• Momence, Illinois
8 Feb 16
@slund2041 That is the problem
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@slund2041 (3377)
• United States
8 Feb 16
@fishtiger58 It certainly is scary in the middle of the night to receive a phone call. I would not have thought anything about it, if the call came during the daylight. I guess I am always expecting the worse in life.
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• United States
8 Feb 16
I would have turned the phone off/unplugged it/whatever.
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@slund2041 (3377)
• United States
8 Feb 16
How do you handle emergency calls at night? I wished I could unplug phone, but with so many elderly people counting on me it is hard.
@slund2041 (3377)
• United States
8 Feb 16
@AbbyGreenhill I did not realize that all your elderly love ones have past away. I am sorry about that. I still have both parents, and an aunt that I worry about. It is a good idea to have them let it ring once and then call back.
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• United States
8 Feb 16
@slund2041 That way you know at least its someone you know.
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@DianneN (79948)
• United States
8 Feb 16
That is awful!!!! We have a house phone and cell phones. I mute my cell. Only favorite people (family) can get through during an emergency.
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@slund2041 (3377)
• United States
8 Feb 16
How can you mute the cell and still here from family? I would love to be able to do this?
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@DianneN (79948)
• United States
8 Feb 16
@slund2041 I have an iPhone. It will work even if you have the phone shut off.
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@slund2041 (3377)
• United States
8 Feb 16
@DianneN oh okay! I have a cheaper cell phone. I have the type you add minutes each month. I am on Page Plus plan, with a LG phone. Sounds like your iphone has a nice feature.
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@silvermist (20073)
• India
8 Feb 16
@slund2041 I got 8 calls last month from two unfamiliar numbers,from 1 Am to 3.30 Am.But I did not attend it.I checked the numbers with True Caller and these numbers are listed as Prank calls.They do not know,to whom the number. belongs to.
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@slund2041 (3377)
• United States
8 Feb 16
When the call comes in as a "private Caller" it does not show you a name or number.
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@silvermist (20073)
• India
9 Feb 16
@slund2041 Mine had a number.If it was family,they would have called my husband or son when I did not attend the phone.
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@slund2041 (3377)
• United States
9 Feb 16
@silvermist I did not have any calls last night, so hopefully it will not happen again.
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@whiteream (3682)
• United States
10 Feb 16
Can you turn the ringer off?
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@slund2041 (3377)
• United States
12 Feb 16
It has not happen any more doing the night.
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@whiteream (3682)
• United States
12 Feb 16
@slund2041 glad, to hear it has stopped
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@slund2041 (3377)
• United States
13 Feb 16
@whiteream I am glad it only happened that one night.
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@dodo19 (33043)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
8 Feb 16
That must have been very frustrating. I'm sorry you lost sleep over this. Hopefully, these calls stop.
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@slund2041 (3377)
• United States
8 Feb 16
Hopefully, it doesn't happen tonight. If it does I have to remind myself not to panic, check to see who the caller is before getting stressing.
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@dodo19 (33043)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
8 Feb 16
@slund2041 that's a good idea.
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@sgbrown (1643)
• United States
9 Feb 16
I hate those phone calls too! I usually don't answer them, but I don't get them at night. I would be afraid that it would be an emergency call about one of my loved ones.
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@slund2041 (3377)
• United States
9 Feb 16
I get them all the time in the daytime, and I do not answer those. It is different for me at night.
@GreatMartin (4877)
• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
9 Feb 16
Whether a landline or a cellphone you can turn it off. :O)
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@slund2041 (3377)
• United States
9 Feb 16
Yep! You are absolutely correct. However, I could possible miss an important phone call from ailing parents/aunt.
@jaboUK (54507)
• United Kingdom
8 Feb 16
That was obviously someone being deliberately annoying. There are some weirdos about.
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@slund2041 (3377)
• United States
9 Feb 16
Well they sure did a good job at being annoying.
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@just4him (120557)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
8 Feb 16
Time to turn the ringer off when you go to bed.
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@slund2041 (3377)
• United States
9 Feb 16
Yep! It was certainly aggravating.
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• United States
8 Feb 16
I get calls like that during the day but never late at night. I don't ever answer the phone unless I recognize the person calling
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@slund2041 (3377)
• United States
8 Feb 16
Yea, I need to focus more on the name and number instead of panicking that something is wrong.
@MALUSE (41314)
• Germany
8 Feb 16
This happened to us some time ago. Now we take the phone off when we go to bed. If something has happened with a family member, we can't do anything anyway in the middle of the night.
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@slund2041 (3377)
• United States
8 Feb 16
If something happens to one of my family members I have to go to them, and help out. I live less than ten minutes away from my parents/aunt so it all works out well. It seems like all sickness is worse at night anyway.
@cacay1 (33002)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
8 Feb 16
It should have been hung so your sleep won't be disturbed.Those callers were just making foolishness, and I am so sure, they just laughed out of it.
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@slund2041 (3377)
• United States
8 Feb 16
I am sure they did get a laugh out of it. It will come home to them one day as well, and they will know what it is like to do that to someone. I believe in Karma, and I think it will catch up to wrong doers.