I just got a call on my cell from a private number and had this conversation. I’ll be John Smith for the purpose of this post.
Caller: Hello I’m trying to reach John Smith. Is he available?
Caller: Hi. I’m calling because Karen Smith put you down as a point of contact and I’m trying to reach her to arrange to deliver some legal documents. Will she be available later to meet our messenger?
Me: I don’t know a Karen Smith.
Caller: Karen Rene Smith?
Me: Sorry, no.
Caller: Well do you know a Dustin Smith, Carl Smith, Melissa Smith, Alfr…
Me: Hangs up
I’m pretty sure this was just a matter of someone calling every Smith in the area because Karen needs to be served or picked up and they don’t have a current address or contact info. Any other possibilities?
Before someone says not to answer calls from unknown numbers, my job requires that I talk to people from all over the country that won’t be in my contact list. Blocked numbers are unusual, but not unknown.