I've recently begun to receive text messages from several unknown numbers, which whilst not yet at the 'nuisance' stage I have a feeling might turn so. The first one I received, , I texted back with a message along the lines of 'Sorry, I don't recognise your number, you might have the wrong number - who are you trying to contact?' The fact that they then texted back with my name means that it's someone I know, or connected to someone I know. They were unresponsive when I asked their name.
Since then, I've received quite a few more messages, from several different numbers, but obviously from the same person as the format is pretty much the same, 'Are you ok sexy', that kind of thing. I know it's hardly a hanging offence, but having been on the wrong side of nuisance phonecalls before I'm a bit concerned. The messages have come in at all times of day or night, and since then I haven't responded to them (not wanting to give them further ammunition), but still they keep coming. I've tried ringing the numbers several times (hiding my own number) but it's always gone straight to voicemail.
I'm thinking that it's perhaps someone with a bunch of SIM cards to hand (the numbers are fairly close consecutively). If it doesn't stop, can I contact my phone provider and ask them to block the numbers at their end? Unfortunately I don't have a 'block number' option on my cheapy crappy phone, and I don't want to get into the realm of buying a new one just for that. The fact that there are several numbers really bothers me though, in case it just goes to yet another new number and continues. Perhaps I'm being a bit oversensitive, but I as I mentioned, I did have a nuisance call issue many years ago to my house phone when I lived with my parents, and it was absolutely horrible - calling on the dot of midnight, on Christmas Day, never when my brother in the room near the phone so we worried the house was being watched, and the only time they spoke, they asked for me.
anyway, I digress. WWYD?
Well, O2 are bloody worse than useless. I can either 'change my number' or get another phone (obviously at a cost, as I'm on PAYG) which has number blocking. So essentially they won't do a damn thing about it. Why should I have to change my number and go to the trouble and cost of letting everyone I know my new number (including having new business cards printed) - when it's patently someone I know so I'll probably be giving them the new number again anyway?
Knownowt, as they mentioned my name in the first text, it's definitely someone who knows me or knows of me, or else I wouldn't be bothered about it.