Threatening Random Prank voicemails

  • ScottyM

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    Jul 07, 2012 4:13 AM GMT
    I'm putting this out to the RJ community to get some feedback from you guys.

    A couple of months ago I received a couple of strange prank calls from a Private Number and someone clearly disguising their voice as calling from "Sears" about "mustache cream" I had ordered. I hung up when it was clear they were completely pranking me.

    I work with a bunch of improvisers/actors. In my circle of friends and acquaintances are people who I wouldn't be surprised if they were purposefully pranking me. So when they called again, I did what any improviser does and played along... for a bit... the thing about my friends is that they ALL know when a bit has gone too far and it's time to be called out and have a laugh about it. This person did not let it go.. they went on and on to the point of being harrassing and offensive. I hung up and called my cell provider to find that there was nothing they could do.

    And then today I got a new set of prank calls... again from a private number with a disguised voice. BUT, this time, I let the call go to voicemail and here's how the messages left went... in a creepy disguised voice sounding like an old man...

    "You're just like Joe Paterno you're a fucking creep like Joe Paterno, you fucking faggot."

    Disturbing... especially because I graduated from Penn State and this Joe Paterno / Jerry Sandusky event has disgusted me and pissed me off as a proud PSU Alumn. But I thought maybe it was just some ass who got my number randomly or pranking me.

    But then I got another call and voicemail about 4 hours later.

    " [unintelligible garble] You're like Joe Paterno, I fucking hate you, I'm going to kill you."

    NOW I'm freaked out.
    I called the police, who said I can have a cop come out and do a report... but that they can't track a Private Phone Number. The officer said that with a police report, perhaps my cell provider will be able to do that.

    It may sound kind of arrogant, but I'm a seriously nice guy. I have never had enemies, I don't start fights and for the most part am a peacemaker...

    My partner and I are freaked out by this...

    Thoughts?

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    Jul 07, 2012 4:20 AM GMT
    You need to start thinking about the people you come into contact with. Is there anyone that acts odd? A neighbor? Coworker? It is a cell phone, so think about people that have access to your number or who you may have given the number to.
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    Jul 07, 2012 6:59 AM GMT
    If it isn't someone you know well, then it's someone you pass by or have casual interaction with regularly. Some kind of perceived slight may be the motive.
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    Jul 07, 2012 7:01 AM GMT
    This is why I don't give out my number to just random people.
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    Jul 07, 2012 7:02 AM GMT
    THE CALL IS COMING FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE GET OUT GET OUT NOW
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    Jul 07, 2012 7:05 AM GMT
    I suspect all US carriers have "Private Number Blocking".

    https://www.privacyrights.org/fs/fs3-hrs2.htm/

    Android?

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    Jul 07, 2012 7:12 AM GMT
    You know you like it

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    Jul 07, 2012 8:01 AM GMT
    That is very creepy! I would file a report anyway just in case. If this caller is motivated to dial your number several times than they are clearly not all there.

    This whole topic reminded me of a prank call that happened at a hotel in my town. A couple years ago these pranksters called a man staying in a hotel and they told him there was a gas leak in his room. They said that for his safety that he should remove the tv and the mini fridge and toss them out the window. It was funny because a journalist was staying in the room over from him, so there were press there almost immediately... Embarrassing
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    Jul 07, 2012 3:47 PM GMT
    Apparently the phone companies now even have special services that cater to creepy stalkers. I've been getting "text to voice messages." They ring the land line at 3 or 4 am. You answer and a synthesized voice speaks some inane taunt.
  • ScottyM

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    Jul 17, 2012 5:30 AM GMT
    As an update... I got another call yesterday where the caller just said "If that statue doesn't come down, you're dead." I believe in reference to the Joe Paterno statue at Penn State which I have nothing to do with other than being a Penn State grad.

    I filed a police report.
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    Jul 17, 2012 6:01 AM GMT
    I deal with Telus in Canada. They have a feature called "Call Trace" that you activate as soon as you get a nuisance or threatening call. Telus will record the number even if it's blocked but will only release the information to the police. Telus recommends you do the trace for three times before asking the police to contact Telus, no doubt to improve the odds of a conviction.

    If a major cell phone company can trace a blocked number in Canada I don't see why it can't be done in the US. Maybe you should follow up with your phone company; perhaps you received incomplete information before.

    Good luck!
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    Jul 17, 2012 6:08 AM GMT
    Holy crap! That's really scary. I'm sorry this is happening to you.

    I would ignore it if it sounded like idiots but the Paterno obsession is disturbing. There HAS to be a way of tracing private phone numbers. Tell them you don't believe them and insist because you could be in danger.

    If the call was made to the president, you'd better believe it would be traced and sorted out quickly. There may be procedures or requirements before they can do that but don't feel guilty for bothering someone to go above and beyond for you.

    Take care, I hope it gets addressed quickly and the creep is put in a place where he can't make phone calls.