I’ve had my current cell phone number for a bit more than two years. When I first got this number, I wasn’t too surprised that I got calls from people trying to reach the previous holder of the number. But these calls (and text messages) keep coming, and keep coming, after two years.
At first, after one voicemail from an official-sounding person who revealed more information in the message than she probably should have without knowing who was listening, I came to the conclusion that the lady who previously had this number was a domestic violence victim who had left her abuser. In that case, it made sense to me that she probably wasn’t handing out her new phone number willy-nilly to everybody because she didn’t want it getting back to the abuser. I was fine with this, and in any case I typically ignore incoming calls when I don’t recognize the number.
It’s becoming a problem now because it’s beginning to look as if she is still giving out the number. Recent calls and text messages like:
Voicemails from a local pharmacy to let her know her prescriptions are ready.
A call from a local doctor’s office saying he needs to discuss her son
Text messages from a local chiropractor to confirm her appointment yesterday
Due to various text messages popping up, I learned the woman’s name some time ago. It’s a Spanish name, presumably Mexican (the overwhelming number of Hispanics in my community are Mexicans, and a few of the unidentified calls I’ve received were coming from a town in Mexico). When I ran my number through one of those online reverse-lookup sites, expecting to see my own name due to the fact I’d had the number for over a year at that point, the site instead showed me what I assume is her (ex?)husband’s name. So her phone, but under her husband’s name with the cell provider.
And here’s the kicker: This morning I ran another reverse-lookup on the number to see if it was finally showing my name attached to the number.
Nope. It’s now showing the name, a completely different Spanish name, of a man in Virginia, clear on the opposite side of the country from me. The area code is for where I live in Washington. So, along with the previous holder of the number apparently still giving out the number, it now appears that the number is getting passed around for other Mexicans to use.
Is there anything I can do about this, short of just going to my cell provider and requesting a new number?