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Weird message on my answering machine...

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Today I came home to a message on my answering machine that went something along the lines of:

"Hi this is Leighann ____ison. I was just looking in the phone book and I saw a Leighann _____ (her last name minus the ending) listed and I just wanted to know if it was a mistake or if there is a Leighann _____ in ___(name of town we live in). So if you could please call me my number is _______."

Isn't that totally weird!?!?! And kind of creepy! My first thought was this person is trying to sell something. But then who knows. They sounded like they were about my age; so mid 20's. And pleasant enough; but I don't think I'll be calling back. And I think I might look them up in the phone book and see exactly how far away they live!
post #2 of 22
Sounds like some kind of scam to pry into your life!
post #3 of 22
Geez, that is too weird! Stay away!
post #4 of 22
I know people who were adopted who made calls like that trying to find birth family.
post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by Going Nova View Post
Sounds like some kind of scam to find pry into your life!
too creepy
post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 
I forgot to add this earlier; but the caller Id did have the person's name on it that they said their name was. But still; I don't think I'm going to call back. It's too weird!
post #7 of 22
I wouldn't call back. Better safe than sorry.
post #8 of 22
weird. dont call back
post #9 of 22
the curiosity would get the better of me, i would call back but claim that she does not live at this address anymore. If she has a decent reason then you can tell her that you could track her down for her...
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post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by fwan View Post
the curiosity would get the better of me, i would call back but claim that she does not live at this address anymore. If she has a decent reason then you can tell her that you could track her down for her...
I'd probably be curious too and call back, but not say that it was me who lived there anymore also.
post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by Tara & Rob View Post
I'd probably be curious too and call back, but not say that it was me who lived there anymore also.
same here....curiousity would get the best of me
post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by Tara & Rob View Post
I'd probably be curious too and call back, but not say that it was me who lived there anymore also.
I'd be curious too, but I think I'd be too afraid to call. With all the phone scams these days it's hard to know what's a legitimate call.
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by catloverin_ks View Post
same here....curiousity would get the best of me
Just remember.... Curiosity killed the ummm... cat.
post #15 of 22
people who are researching their family tree (like me) make phone calls like that. I wouldn't leave a message, tho; I'd call back until I got the person I wanted to talk to.
My MIL travels several times a year, and has told me that she looks up our last name whenever she hits a different city. (it's a VERY uncommon name) I don't know that she actually calls strangers if she finds the name, but it wouldn't surprise me if she did.
I'd probably wait & see if your mysterious caller tried to reach you again. If she doesn't, I think I'd be curious and call her.
Did you google her, or do a white pages search?
post #16 of 22
Look her up on myspace! Haha, I wouldn't be able to help myself. I'd probably call back.
post #17 of 22
I got a worst one today - It was this guy, a recording, saying that if I was in any 12 step program, or going to a psychologist, or any type of therapy, I was going against the word of God in the Bible, and basically that would eventually prevent me to go to heaven. He repeated the message again, sounded kind of angry.... Than asked to call back or press one to leave my phone #, and name... He would call me back asap. Now, THAT is creepy! I never heard of anything like that, and can not believe this is even legal! I am not in therapy or aa, or any 12 step program, but gee.... people NEED these programs/therapies, and this guy could ultimately damage somebody's life! I have no idea how this guy got on hold of my number, since it is on the do not call list!
People are just creepy sometimes!
As far as your call goes, I would call back... For what I can see it is an unique last name, and I find it possible that him/her wanted to find people with the same roots... I mean - he already has your phone # anyways... what difference can it make?
post #18 of 22
curiousity would get the best of me, id call back
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by carolinalima View Post
I got a worst one today - It was this guy, a recording, saying that if I was in any 12 step program, or going to a psychologist, or any type of therapy, I was going against the word of God in the Bible, and basically that would eventually prevent me to go to heaven....
Sheesh. I just love people who presume to speak for God.
post #20 of 22
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Originally Posted by carolinalima View Post
I got a worst one today - It was this guy, a recording, saying that if I was in any 12 step program, or going to a psychologist, or any type of therapy, I was going against the word of God in the Bible, and basically that would eventually prevent me to go to heaven. He repeated the message again, sounded kind of angry.... Than asked to call back or press one to leave my phone #, and name... He would call me back asap. Now, THAT is creepy! I never heard of anything like that, and can not believe this is even legal!
I've heard of this one with a few variations. Pretty much any message that asks you to 'press 1 and leave you name and number' is a scam. A friend of mine did one of these (It started with "Hi, this is so-and-so from finance...") and they used the info to hijack her line for long distance dialing scams - she spend months sorting out $1500+ bills with the phone company because someone used her line to repeatedly call a number in Brazil.
post #21 of 22
Makes me glad I don't have a home phone. Of course, if you listed, she already knows you name, address and phone... obviously, so if you do call back I don't see much purpose in lying about it.

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Originally Posted by SwampWitch View Post
I know people who were adopted who made calls like that trying to find birth family.
Curious... I wonder how this would work unless you happen to know you biological surname.
post #22 of 22
I dunno, it doesn't sound too suspect to me. I'd be curious and call back. They could well have a legitimate reason. They can't get anymore info from you that you don't give them.
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