Oh my mercy, but I am tired of hearing her name.
Lisa Wooden is apparently a deadbeat. She owes somebody some money. And the sharks are circling ME trying to get it from her.
Shortly after moving to Colorado, I began to receive phone calls from various collection agencies looking for her. AND for three other people as well: Richard Wooden (presumably Lisa’s spouse), a Ralph Martinez, and one other guy, apparently not related. I was rather used to these calls as when I lived in California there was a woman with my same first and last name who lived in my town who was also a deadbeat. Her bill collectors would actually call me at work, which is illegal, but they tried it anyway. Her nonsense actually got into my credit history. I got that mess cleaned up when I bought my house, and I unlisted my phone number. That seemed to solve my California problem. When I moved to Colorado, I didn’t bother listing my number in the first place. I guess the number I was assigned used to belong to these various people.
After informing each of these agencies over and over and over again that I was not, have never been, and never planned to be Lisa Wooden (et al), they would take my number out of their databases. But eventually these accounts would be sold to other agencies, who would do their own research, and again attach my number to their files. This happens every six to twelve months. I’ve even posted on this before. I get so many of these calls, (and calls from various solicitors and whatevs) that about a year ago, I simply stopped answering my home phone. I don’t even bother to look and see who is calling anymore when the phone rings. I check my messages about once every two or four weeks. Since I hadn’t checked my messages in the past week, I went and did so right now. Five debt collection messages, some for Lisa, some for Ralph. Usually the messages are recorded, but most of this batch, were actual live debt collectors. The messages usually say something along these lines….”This call is for Lisa Wooden. If you are not Lisa Wooden, do not listen to this message. Please hang up and call xxx.xxx.xxxx to have your number removed from the call list. If you continue to listen to this message, you are acknowledging that you are Lisa Wooden…” yadayadayada. (I guess if I listen, they can come and kill me or something.)
ExCUSE me, but you called ME! And left a message on MY voice mail. I think that means I can listen to it if I want. If you don’t know that you’ve reached who you are trying to reach, then don’t leave personal and private information! And if you do leave it anyway, don’t tell ME not to listen! Gutsy, really.
Anyhow, yesterday one of these agencies called my CELL PHONE. Now I’m peeved. I think I’ve been pretty tolerant of these constant harassments over the years, but now….they’ve gone too far. I’m not sure exactly how I am going to solve this problem, but every problem has a solution, and I will find it.
Have any of YOU had this problem? Have you solved it? Short of changing my phone numbers, how do I make this stop once and for all????