I moved recently, so I have a new phone number. Whoever had this phone number before must not have told anybody (especially their telemarketers ;)) that they had moved, because I get a lot of wrong numbers here.
What is really annoying is when the people calling leave messages for these people on my voice mail. One was a confirmation for a doctor’s appointment. OK, I could see how that could happen, especially if the appointment was made a long time ago. I tried to call the doctor back to tell them they had the wrong number, but their voice mail system was so insurmountable (when I found and selected the “talk to a human” option, it hung up on me) that I gave up. (Good thing I wasn’t some sick person!) I hope they remembered their appointment.
OK, now I’ve got a new one for “Lance” (no last name). It’s an urgent call from Chase Manhattan Mortgage. Here is my question. Should I bother trying to call Chase Manhattan Mortgage back to tell them that there is no “Lance” here? Will they even know who Lance is, since I don’t have a last name? Will they believe me? (I doubt an urgent call from the mortgage company is good news.) Should I just wait and see if they call again? I’d like to be helpful and courteous, and yet I don’t want to waste my time.
I’ve got our last name and phone number on our outgoing message? Would it help if I added our first names? (I doubt that Lance has the same last name as we do–it’s not extremely common.)