Google voice numbers



  • What are the odds of someone's current mobile number being given out as a google voice number to someone else? I've only had the GV number for 2 or 3 months, and suddenly this week, there are tons of "returning your call" voicemails and texts from people I don't know. One was very irate and said "your rude behavior will be reported to Level 3 Communications..." Did I somehow get a tech's cel # as my GV #? All the calls are around atlanta (local calling area) and many seem to reference someone not showing up, etc... I'm tired of trying to tell them "wrong number" or "f*ck off". So weird, and it seems to have started this week for some reason.



  • If you havean't given out your Google Voice Number to too many folks, you can request a change... (You will then have 30 (maybe 90) days to get the new number in the hands of people you want to have it...



  • Spoofing Caller ID is trivial. There could be tons of reasons for what is happening.



  • Oh, I know I can change it, and it's not so bothersome... but the "why/how" is what is baffling.



  • @JaredBusch said:

    Spoofing Caller ID is trivial. There could be tons of reasons for what is happening.

    The messages all seem to be for the same individual though.



  • Maybe a tech forgot to show up for work somewhere? lol... or at several places? I imagine Google will reuse numbers if somebody leaves theirs behind.



  • Yes, someone is spoofing their CID to be the number you have for GV now. Maybe they really used it in the past and just never updated their PBX. Maybe they are trolling people and picked that number randomly to set as their CID.

    Tons of possibilities.



  • @RojoLoco said:

    One was very irate and said "your rude behavior will be reported to Level 3 Communications..."

    You just answered your own question.

    L3 provides numbers for Google Voice, as they do for many different vendors. Odds are it was a pool number that was sold to Google sometime recently.



  • @PSX_Defector said:

    @RojoLoco said:

    One was very irate and said "your rude behavior will be reported to Level 3 Communications..."

    You just answered your own question.

    L3 provides numbers for Google Voice, as they do for many different vendors. Odds are it was a pool number that was sold to Google sometime recently.

    Ah... never thought of that. Still, there is some guy missing calls and appointments... that doesn't concern me at all, but it's happening. I guess I'll just troll the callers, then 🙂



  • Here are some ideas if you run out :trollface:
    Domino's Pizza $suburb. May I start with your phone number?
     
    ugh, it's about time you picked up! I've been on hold for ages! What the hell is going on?
     
    $suburb Circumcisions. You flop it, we chop it.


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