Prank Callers Are Costing Me Money
July 24, 2009
The no call list was great for consumers, it really cut down on the number of unsolicited callers that interrupted your dinner or your afternoon. Too bad for us there’s not a no call list for prank callers.
Attack of the Prank Caller
We’ve been having the same person prank calling us for the last several weeks and the calls are starting to get ridiculous. Last weekend they called at 7 AM on Sunday morning and then proceeded to call several times throughout the day. When they first started I thought they were just wrong numbers because all they do when we answer is ask to talk to Steve or some other common name.
The calls came randomly but after a while I noticed it was the same person’s voice. Once they started coming more frequently I realized it was more than cooincidence and then last weekend the blitz of calls confirmed it was someone pranking us.
Spending More Money on Phone Service
This week I called up AT&T to see what they could do about the calls. Their answer was to upgrade to a new package that had caller id and call blocking for up to 10 phone numbers. We’v always had the cheapest, base package because we didn’t need all the various options they’ve offered. Plus all the taxes and fees they charge jack the price up high enough all on their own.
So I upgraded to a more expensive package that will allow us to see the number the person is calling from and then block that number from calling us again. Of course, we’re still using the phone we got for a wedding gift about nine years ago and it doesn’t have a display to show the caller’s numbers. So on top of having to upgrade service I’m also going to have to spend money on a new phone that handles caller id.
Spending, Spending, Spending
I’m glad that there’s at least a way we can stop the calls from coming but I’m really irritated that I’m having to spend more money each month because of a prank caller. Since my wife left her teaching job to stay at home with our kids we’re trying to find ways to save money but it seems lately like we keep taking on more expenses rather than trimming them.
What I’d really like to do is ditch the home phone and just use the minutes on our cell phones for all our calling but my wife is adamant about having a home phone. What can you do ….
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