Urgent Message (Phone or Text) not for me - What to Do!

United States
September 4, 2009 11:09pm CST
From time to time I get phone messages or text messages on my cell phone that are obviously not for me. I don't know the caller or the sender and I know the message is not intended for me. Sometimes all I have is the number that sent the message. Sometimes the caller or sender will include their name and number in the message. Sample messages I have gotten: 1. Arriving at airport at 5:19. See you then. 2. Call Miss Smith at Harris Elementary 555-5555 3. Love you. Waiting to hear from you 4. Pick me up in front of Macy's at 5 5. This is Grandma Rose...and on and on... for 15 minutes 6. Your car is ready Question. Do you ignore these calls or do you try to contact them to let them know they called the wrong person? What determines whom you call and whom you ignore?
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@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
5 Sep 09
I registered my cell number on the do not call registry as soon as they announced that the cell numbers could receive the telemarketing calls and text messages. I have to add one that my BF received one day...we both got a really good laugh out of it: "Your dog $hit in my bedroom". It obviously was sent to someone's room mate. My BF called the number and explained to the person that he was sorry that the dog crapped in her bedroom but it wasn't his dog, and that he doesn't own a dog. The person was extremely embarrassed but also saw the humor in the fact that she sent the email to the wrong number. He still has that text message on his phone and when he needs a good laugh he pulls it up again.
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• United States
5 Sep 09
Do not call registry? I will have to do that because I am all the time getting 1 800 numbers calling me asking if I want information about going back to school or some other scam. Its getting really frustrating when you can't even have a phone without all these scam artists trying to call you up at all hours and take advantage of you.
@olydove (1209)
• United States
5 Sep 09
LOL Loverbear now that is funny! I can see why he would save that one for future laughs good lord. I feel bad for the poor gal though he or she probably was beet red when they found out they had dialed the wrong number. I swear sometimes we should have little video camera or voice recorders with us.. they could be of great assistance in times like that one.
• United States
5 Sep 09
Loverbear, that one is good enough for a ringtone. Definitely save it. LOL.
@olydove (1209)
• United States
5 Sep 09
Well I myself have been lucky so far all I've gotten are some stupid spam texts. Since I have a prepaid phone I'm greatful that they are few and far between. Though if someone were to contact me by mistake and the situation was important like the "pick me up at the airport" or the grandma I would definitely try to contact those people to let them know they dialed the wrong number. If it were just the "love you, waiting to hear from you." I would just ignore that. Sweet as it be no need to respond as it's not an urgent situation. My basic rule is I tell myself Keep It Simple Stupid as in using simple methods to judge whether or not the situation merits a response. For example if I were the one that dialed the wrong number, and my message was a simple "I love you" would I feel that it is urgent someone let me know I dialed the wrong number? Not really. If I had dialed the wrong number and texted Hey Joe "my brother John fell off the ladder and broke his back" and you are not Joe and that is not Joe's phone then yes I would greatly appreciate someone letting me know I sent it to the wrong phone so that I could then resend it to the right place. So I read the message sent and put myself in the senders shoes to think whether it is very important that the message be sent to the right person. I hope all this makes sense?
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• United States
6 Sep 09
KISS. A chant frequently heard during my days as a programmer and systems analyst. Still a great, sensible approach to any problem.
@olydove (1209)
• United States
14 Sep 09
Well I'm glad I could provide a good answer for you. It is indeed a great solution to almost any problem one can think of. Though there are those more complex issues that do require a bit more thought, thank God those for me tend to be few and far between. Have a great week and happy Mylotting
• Australia
5 Sep 09
Sometimes these people do this as pranks, however I wouldn't want to suggest that it's a prank straight away. Ring the person back, however if there is no way for conacting them, then there is nothing you can do. Last year I got a message from this girl thinking its her boyfriend. I ignored it. She then rang later and I picked the phone up. Her thinking it was her boyfriend, she probably thinks he had an affair or something.
• United States
5 Sep 09
Now that is funny. I hope she was able to check her phone to see what number she dialed before she beat him up LOL.
• United States
5 Sep 09
LOL. I had a similar situation where a girl called me up and I answered. She was so pissed and began cussing me out and demanded to speak to her boyfriend. I tried telling her it was a wrong number and she would not listen. I finally ended up having to hang up on her. LOL I would hate to be that guy when he got home.
• United States
5 Sep 09
LOL. Of course, think how lucky he was when she finally figured out what a fool she had been. I hope she was able to see the last number dialed on her phone. Deliver me from jealous, insecure people. Or has he given her reason to be jealous Ummmmmm we will never know....shoot LOL
@dreamr802 (986)
• United States
6 Sep 09
If I received a text message and it wasn't for me I would text the person back and let them know...if they are calling and they leave me a message then they are stupid for not listening to the voicemail because I say my name lol. But I don't pick up for phone numbers that I don't know.
• United States
6 Sep 09
I am with you on leaving you a voice mail. A few times people have left messages for me when I am clearly now Carlos the carpenter. I got follow up calls saying I did not shop up. I find that really funny because I clearly say my name and Carlos does not appear anywhere in my message.
• United States
6 Sep 09
Some people just don't pay attention. They have their minds elsewhere. Probably why they dialed the wrong number in the first place.
• United States
6 Sep 09
I do not have this problem regarding my cell phone. However, my parents home phone number has 1 digit that is different than the post office. For example, my number is 555-5555, and the post office's number is 555-5055. You can guess we get plenty of calls. I used to answer the call and have people request to talk to certain departments or branches. I would say hold on one second and then sing for a bit and hang up the phone.
• United States
6 Sep 09
Shame, shame on you LOL. I used to have a number like that. It was one digit off from a government agency. I worked swing shift so I slept late whenever I could - what with kids and all. Sometimes I got by on less than 4 hours sleep. Calls to this agency would wake me up and people would not listen when you told them they had the wrong number. They would start right in with their long drawn out problems. Finally I had a standard answer for them. "You have to come in for that. We can't talk to you over the phone about that. Come anytime." I was much younger then. Notice I am still too embarassed to name the agency. They deserve better than that.
• United States
6 Sep 09
That is a good story. I would like it to be known that I am not embarrassed by what I did with the post office thingy. I knew someone who had a digit off from the power company. This was while we were in college. He ended up disconnecting his phone after being woken up at 7am too much.
@uicbear (1902)
• United States
5 Sep 09
If it's a message that I think is important, then yes, I will give it an honest effort to contact the sender to let them know that their message ended up in the wrong place. If it's just so and so calling to say hello or if there really is no way to get a hold of the person who called, then I just go ahead and delete it. A couple of times, I have gotten some very grateful responses to these wrong numbers.
• United States
6 Sep 09
I have had mixed results. In the case of the school, I can't get through to the right extension. I think it is one of those automatic dialers making the call - probably because the kid was absent or late. I have tried when I thought it was important.
• India
5 Sep 09
Getting phone mesages or text messages on your cell phone which are not for you is not good actually i suggest people who send these kind of messages not to send and disturb others expect in case of emergencys. I suggest you to ignore all those msg which you feel that are disturbing you. Better to inform that person by making a call if that is from a moblie number. But dont ignore any messages which are very emergency or needs more importance to be given.
• United States
5 Sep 09
You're probably right. Thanks.
• Philippines
5 Sep 09
I would try to contact the sender and tell him that his messages were misdirected to u. politely request the sender to recheck the number, redirect his messages and delete ur number from his phone book ... and never to send messages to u again. with the number of message he is sending, he seems sure that he is sending it to the intended party and expecting that he send his messages through. the above case deserves to be called or informed that he is directing his messages to the wrong party. text messages or calls that i mostly ignore are those coming from people who obviously have nothing to do in life but just making these prank calls. some people kill time by trying their luck of having friends by randomly sending messages to different phone numbers.
• United States
5 Sep 09
Moneymakingtoday, your handle and your response tell me you are very organized. Thank you for the good advice.
• Philippines
5 Sep 09
Sadly, I never really had the chance to do something with those wrong send messages. but probably if i get text number six my response would be "I won't be needing it, go back" but most of the time i just delete them because it's not my problem..
• United States
5 Sep 09
That would make someone's day when they found their car sitting in the "Cash for Clunkers" pile. LOL
• India
5 Sep 09
I get many wrong calls to my landline .I think its not their problem but its our number which is just different from theirs I think we should just ignore them or change our number.
• United States
5 Sep 09
The problem with changing your number is you always forget to tell somebody and then you lose touch with a dear friend.
• United States
5 Sep 09
If it were to happen only once or twice I would ignore the call. However, if it is a reoccurring situation I would make the effort to contact them and let them know that they have the wrong number. These messages may not be of any importance, but it is still good to let them know so that when the message is important they will know and not get the wrong number.
• United States
5 Sep 09
Unfortunately, the school call is recurring, but I can't get back to them. I'm thinking someone has their kid in school in a district that they shouldn't. Maybe they moved and don't want the school to know. It doesn't happen often, but it happens every 6 to 8 weeks.
@kmaram (2534)
• Philippines
5 Sep 09
Hi there, well i also received messages from unknown person. And i dont do anything after reading it for me its a waste of time because i know its just an error. Sometimes i also received phone calls and number was not with my phonebook so i have to accept the calls and there are times they are looking for someone i just told them wrong number and hang the phone. Keep on mylotting
• United States
5 Sep 09
Sometimes it is funny when you pick up the phone and it is a wrong number. Sometimes I carry on a conversation for a few seconds before we realize it is a wrong number. It's the messages that I worry over. I am afraid someone will miss out on something they really need to know.
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
5 Sep 09
If it is an urgent message then I would call the person or text the person back to let them know they had the wrong person. If it was just something that did not really seem urgent I would probably not bother unless I really did not have anything better to do.
• United States
5 Sep 09
I tried calling back the school once, but they had not left an extension, so I could not find out who called. I felt sorry for the grandma who called. She left such a long message. But I never reached her either. I guess it wasn't meant to be. I hope her grandchild was a good person and called her on a regular basis.