A man named David Paiva used to have our phone number, SEVEN YEARS AGO. He evidently still gives it to people, and runs up lousy credit, then the creditors call OUR NUMBER. (It really was his number at one point, it was in the phone book when we moved in. I asked one of the creditors how it was spelled.)
OK, that's not their fault. But the harrassment is. "No, David Paiva doesn't live here. We've had this number for seven years, there is no David Paiva here. It doesn't matter what our address is, the previous tenants were not named Paiva." (One creditor could NOT understand how this was possible. Wow.) For a while, our answering machine said "David Paiva has not had this number for over a year." and the creditor calls turned to hangups.
I actually had someone ask "Well, can you give us his new number?"
"I don't HAVE his new number, I've never met the man."
"THEN HOW COME HE GAVE US YOUR NUMBER?"
X-posted to bad_service and customers_suck