Ruby-Che [she looked like a distant queen....] (sio) wrote in bad_service,
Ruby-Che [she looked like a distant queen....]
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bill collectors calling your number for someone else

i am posting this for a good friend of mine. i am not revealing her name or any specific details except that she is in the state of Ohio (since state laws always differ).

she told me she is getting constant calls from bill collectors. except they are calling for people who used to have her phone number, not her or her husband. three different individuals so far. one with an Indian sounding name, a man by the name of "Peter" and a woman by the name of "Annie".

she tells the callers these people no longer have that number. some believe her--for a time. they hang up--then begin calling again a few months later. in the case of the "Peter" individual, some collectors persist in calling her a liar (i don't know if they've used those exact words, but she told me they acted like they didn't believe her).

she has changed her number three times in order to get away from this problem. but she said every time her number changes, some other bill collectors call with a NEW person they're chasing for collection.

i have suggested call blocking and caller ID but i'm not sure if they can get either. is there some kind of legal cease and desist she can declare to get them to stop bothering her for bills that aren't hers and people that no longer exist (and haven't for some time!) at her phone number?
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