What’s the scam here?

I changed my cell provider about 6-7 months ago and went ahead and just got a new number. I’ve had a google voice number for a decade so I have always just forwarded all calls to that number; I don’t even ever give out my “actual” phone number. In fact I have to look it up on my phone if I have to use it for some kind of thing that needs to verify my actual phone.

So since I got my new number about 3-4 times a week I get a text from some random dude who is clearly responding to either a personals ad on craigslist or something, or an escort ad or something. Something along the lines of “I read your ad; want some company tonight?”

I don’t respond and basically immediately block them… but what exactly is the scam on the part of the person posting my number? I doubt its someone fucking with me in particular because I’ve never actually given out the number and I use google voice for outgoing calls. And it’s hard to imagine it’s someone fucking with the previous owner of the number; I mean it’s been since like February.

What it going on?


The content was posted by lazespud2 on 2021-11-11 23:01:42 via reddit

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2 Comments

  1. peakpenguins says:

    >And it’s hard to imagine it’s someone fucking with the previous owner of the number; I mean it’s been since like February.

    Sure, but would the previous owner of the number have needed to change it if not for (possibly) someone very persistent?

    Since you don’t use the number anyway, maybe just change it again?

  2. Phone numbers get reused so it’s possible the people who owned it before you used their number for every little thing and it eventually ended up in a phone number dump that spammers and scammers use to send texts/calls. I get random spam texts and calls sometimes even though I rarely give my actual number out to anyone (i use hangouts as well). Just ignore them, responding just lets them know they got a hit and they will call/text again.

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