Even with smartphones and caller ID, wrong number calls and texts still happen all the time. What’s the most bizarre one you’ve ever received? And how did you handle it?

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Even with smartphones and caller ID, wrong number calls and texts still happen all the time. What’s the most bizarre one you’ve ever received? And how did you handle it?

For example, I once received calls from an older man looking for someone named William. He would call several times a week, and I never answered because I don’t pick up numbers I don’t recognize, so he would leave extremely brief voicemails telling William to call him back. I assumed he’d eventually take the hint and realize I wasn’t who he was trying to contact, so I never responded. Finally, he left an emotional voicemail that made things a bit more clear. William, it turns out, was his estranged son and he was under the impression that William was ignoring his attempts to reach out. After hearing that voicemail, I finally called the number back and explained that I wasn’t William, and that he probably isn’t ignoring him.

So, what are the weirdest, most awkward wrong number calls or texts you’ve received? Was it a lewd sext meant for someone else’s eyes? Was it a sales call regarding something you knew nothing about? Or maybe, like another one of my experiences, someone called you in the middle of the night and screamed at you in another language. Whatever it is, we want to hear about it in the comments below. And be sure to tell us how you handled it!