Would you ring back an unknown number or ignore?

@mimpi1911 (25475)
India
February 4, 2009 10:05am CST
Suppose you get a call from an unknown number at dead of night and have no clue as to who it is. And to top that the caller tries to intrigue you by ringing for days at the same odd hour! Would you ring back or ignore?
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@CJay77 (4438)
• Australia
4 Feb 09
Hi mimpi! I used to get unknown calls every night here before and they just didn't stop calling! They wouldn't talk too either and would just keep calling. My Husband and his friend called the number and the person on the other end said "What, foreigner?" so they reported this number to the police and it stopped! I don't ring back myself, but if it is a number that calls often, my Husband will call and ask them what they want and blast them if they get rude. They always stop after that! lol. It's happened a few times now, but the one where he called the police was the worse.
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@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
5 Feb 09
That's scary! And I think you must not ring back. You husband is there to tackle them..
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
5 Feb 09
I hear he's not shy about it either!
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
5 Feb 09
I bet he is not...
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• United States
4 Feb 09
If it was in the middle of the night, I probably wouldn't even look to see if the number was one I knew or not. I would just pick up the phone and answer it without thinking. Calls in the middle of the night are usually wrong numbers or something important. If it's a wrong number, and you answer it, they know it's a wrong number and don't call again. If it is something important, it may be someone you know calling from someplace other than the number you have listed for them. However, having said that, if it was someone I knew, and they called in the middle of the night to be bailed out of jail, I would probably just let them sit there overnight, go back to sleep, and take care of it when I got up and got moving the next day. Nice, aren't I?*L*
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@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
4 Feb 09
Super nice, Bo!! ..By now i know your signature move.... Will comment on this tomorrow if you allow me...Please...
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• United States
4 Feb 09
muuuuaaaaahhhhhh! You just comment whenever you feel like it, sugar.*S*
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
13 Feb 09
@Opal26 (17686)
• United States
5 Feb 09
Hey mimpi! If I got a call from someone that I didn't know, an I have at a very late hour at the same time every night I would answer it and find out who they were and what they wanted. It did happen to me and it turned out to be a Spanish woman who didn't speak English and she had the wrong number! I wasn't able to get through to her to well because she called a few more times during the day! I don't know too much Spanish but I think I must have finally gotten through to her because she finally stopped calling eventually! It took a pretty long time though!
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@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
5 Feb 09
She must have been trying someone desperately, poor lady!
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@alokn99 (5717)
• India
4 Feb 09
If i hear the call the first time i would pick it up and answer it. If there is no response from the other end i would disconnect and if this perisits to a second call or the next day, i would keep the phone silent or ignore for a few times. After some time i suppose it gets testing on one's patience as i would not be able to keep the phone silent or switched off and would then call the person back. I've had this past but happened on a couple of day only at different times in the middle of the night. I called the person back to figure out it was an ex colleague who had my number on top of his directory and his child was playing with the phone. I wonder though if one can do a call barring of certain numbers. I think certain phones have them.
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
5 Feb 09
Yes, certain service providers do that but it's really difficult to make them move in your country. They need police permission and so many things! Its such a hassle that at the end of the day you are better off with it!
@elitess (5071)
• Ipswich, England
4 Feb 09
Hello mimpi. If someone calls me from an unknown number, and i miss the call, he might as well call me again as i will not ring back unknown numbers from unknown, or even known people - i guess i like my privacy. It's not that i ignore them completely, sometimes i will answer and sometimes i won't.
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@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
5 Feb 09
That's quite sensible of you elitess and I really appreciate.
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@Jezebella (1446)
• United States
4 Feb 09
I would ignore it if I didn't know the number and they don't leave a message. It obviously isn't somehting important if they don't leave a message, if it gets too annoying I may answer it to see what they wanted and why they called at the same time everyday.
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
5 Feb 09
I think, if its something urgent they would leave you a message so that you contact them immediately after reading it.
@samma00 (342)
• Canada
4 Feb 09
If they only did it once, I'd probably ignore it. But if they did it every night at the same hour, I would be interested to find out who it is. If the number shows up, then I would call them back. If they continued, I may be would report it to the police.
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@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
5 Feb 09
You are quite right there, I really appreciate.
4 Feb 09
I would ignore if I did'nt know who it was. In the UK we have a service where You press"1471" and it tells You the number of the last person who called You. If I don't recognise the number of a friend or if the person has hidden thier number then they can't want to speak to me that urgently.
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@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
5 Feb 09
That's a good service you get. Here although there are many facilities but availing and activating those takes time. Thanks.
@mayka123 (13391)
• India
5 Feb 09
I usually call back when I get a call from an unknown number. And if the caller is just harassing me I would try to take some action against that person by contacting the concerned authorities. This has happened to me some time back and I took the help of the local police to trace the number and warn the person.
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
5 Feb 09
That's scary! Do the service providers help us with this? Hope you have come out of it now.
@mayka123 (13391)
• India
5 Feb 09
The service providers only give the information to the police. I managed to put some pressure on the police through some politicians. That is how I managed to trace the person. Ofcourse I too had to do a lot of running about. But I had then decided that I would not let the culprit go scot free. Later I changed all my mobile numbers.
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
5 Feb 09
So, did the culprit get caught? Changing the number is a wise move, I must say. You are a rave lady and I really appreciate you.
@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
6 Feb 09
Hi dear Well, the situation u r telling that some one call u at odd hours of night for many days, then for sure i will call him/her back to ask whats the problem!!!!!!! and if necessary will give him/her a peace of mind tooo While other than that if i get some miscall from unknown number i ignore it, but if it comes when i put my phone on silent, and its 2 or 3 calls then i will revert back. take care
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
6 Feb 09
Things are bit easier for you Cupid being a male as in our countries females are still harassed for unknown reasons. While you receive the phone with little hesitations, females would certainly not find it that easy. Hope you can understand what I am saying. Have a nice day.
@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
6 Feb 09
i do understand what u r saying and i can coorelate, saome times i have to pick phone of my wife when she got such calls and trust me after they hear my Male voice, they just turn phone off and make me wonder if i had that bad voice???
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
19 Feb 09
Any doubt Zass!!??
@dpk262006 (56735)
• Delhi, India
5 Feb 09
If I get persistent calls, I will definitely call the caller to know what is the exact reason for he/she calling me. However, if it is once or twice, I may not bother. It has happened with me many times, when I received a missed call from an unknown number and later on when I called back to the unknown caller, only to be told that he/she dialled my number by mistake or it was number of a 'call centre'. Now, I do not call back, thinking, that whosoever need to talk to me, he/she will call me again or call my another number.
@dpk262006 (56735)
• Delhi, India
5 Feb 09
Yes, a message could be left it is an urgent call, provided it is from a genuine caller. In your case it may be one your admirers, however, if start receiving such calls, I cannot claim the same.........LOL!.
@dpk262006 (56735)
• Delhi, India
5 Feb 09
Pl.read "if I start...........
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
5 Feb 09
@balasri (26549)
• India
5 Feb 09
I will definitely ignore that number.I have already up to my neck in calls day in and day out.If anyone is so desperate he will catch me anyhow.I need not undergo the trouble of wasting my time.Moreover we hardly get any anonymous call that will be of great advantage to us.
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
6 Feb 09
lol...i know what you mean, bala. Hope you are breathing with all those HR calls...
@balasri (26549)
• India
8 Feb 09
I do have my own ways of dealing with these HR calls Mimpi.
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
19 Feb 09
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
5 Feb 09
Hi mimpi dear! How are you? With regards to your question if I will ring back an unknown number..I think i wouldn't ring it back. I will just ignore it and maybe for a couple of days, I will turn off the ringer at those same odd hours..that is if, my curiosity wouldn't get the best of me! lol... Take care and blessings to you always! lovelots..faith
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
5 Feb 09
That's so very you Faith! And you would be doing the right thing. I would have done the same. lol.. I am doing OK. My sisters are coming today and after that all proceedings wil be started.
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
5 Feb 09
Hi mimpi dear! I am happy to know that somehow you are ok and equally glad that your sisters are with you. Take care always dear. lovelots..faith
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
6 Feb 09
Thank you very much
@sweetie1026 (1723)
• Philippines
4 Feb 09
There is this call i get almost always between 1am to 3am. I never answer it because i do not know the number. But one time i was startled by the ringing because i was already asleep i answered and i never got an answer but someone is at the end of the line, just listening. So now, i just ignore it and sometimes i turn my phone off.
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
5 Feb 09
That's a prank call for sure Sweetie, may be one of your admirers...
• Philippines
6 Feb 09
I would rather that it was an admirer, my friend but often i get the feeling that it is a prank call from a jerk and it scares me. Not only for me but also for my girls. But now, it has stopped and i am glad, maybe he just grew tired of doing that.
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
6 Feb 09
That is scary Sweetie and I am so glad that it has stopped finally.
@efarmer (184)
7 Feb 09
if the person is calling at the same time every night then I would probably pick it up. it is better than wasting my money to call back. and most often I would not even hear the ring coz i am a sound sleeper
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
9 Feb 09
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
20 Feb 09
Hope you are doing great.
@sid556 (30989)
• United States
6 Feb 09
I used to ring them back because my daughter when she was a teen had some friends that would get high & wasted and call here at all hours. I work 2nd shift and have to get up early and it would make me so angry. My daughter would sleep right thru it but I'd wake up. Oh yes...I would call them back and remind them to look at their clocks before calling here. I had a rule that after 10pm during the week...don't call unless it is an emergency. If it happened every nite...yes...I would call back. If it was once and I did not recognize the number, I'd assume it was a mistake and ignore it.
@sid556 (30989)
• United States
6 Feb 09
oops...just noticed you said unknown #....I just saw the part where you asked would you call it back...sorry. Most places if you report this to the phone company...they can put a tracker on the number and even if the number is not showing on your caller ID...if they call around a certain time each nite...the phone company can figure it out. I'm not sure but I think they charge for this. If it is a real problem then it may be worth checking into. Once the person is identified, you can press charges. It is probably different depending on where you live but I'd start by talking to your phone company.
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
6 Feb 09
That's a great facility actually and even if they charge you its kinda good. Some jerks have no clue as to what they do and they must be taught a lesson. If at all this makes them learn! About the first part, I think you are very right in keeping up with the rules of the house. My parents had a similar kinda rule when we were young as well.
@ajithlal (14614)
• India
29 Mar 09
I would probably try to answer the call at the first time itself and if the person repeat it again with no response then I will try to call back and know who the person is and why he called. I will try to repeat the call for two to three times and if there is no responses then I will put the call into my screening number in mobile since the person doesn't responded.
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
29 Mar 09
That's quite sensible and I quite like the idea.
@riyasam (16570)
• India
6 Mar 09
i would text the number for its identity.if the identity is of an unknownperson maybe i will ignore the calls or keep it in a silent mode.such perverts are not unknown to me.(i mean they harrass females mentally).sometimes,if the number calls during the day,i put on the loudspeaker and give it to my kids.
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
7 Mar 09
Great!
@cndn420 (2062)
• Canada
6 Mar 09
i never call back any numbers i don't know or private numbers that call my cellphone. i have a machine so if its important they can leave a message and ill call them back. so i just ignore those calls
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
6 Mar 09
That makes much sense. Thanks for sharing.
• United States
8 Feb 09
No. I do not answer unknown numbers and I dont call them back either, and I get alot of them that are marked unavailable and a couple that had been wrong numbers but that had only been a couple so they must have figured it out...LOL because they never called back.
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
9 Feb 09