About three months ago I got a call from Primary Financial Services. They asked for Joy Erickson. I said this is and so forth. Long story short, they had the wrong Joy Erickson. All the info they had, which was only a birth date and social security number, weren’t mine. Whoever they are looking for owes $10,000 on a Wells Fargo Visa card. Okay, all straightened out right? WRONG!
For roughly all this time, I’ve been getting a call a week. Same old thing. Joy Erickson, so on and so forth and I have to relay all this info again and then there’s kind of a ha, ha element to it. Depending on who’s making the call, I’m on the phone with them for 3-5 minutes. But now, truthfully, I’m getting very tired of it. First of all, it bothers me when I’m doing something else. To take that time, be nice and polite and tell them very nicely, you have the wrong Joy Erickson. Each and every time though they do try to tell me it is me. Whoever is making the call is trying very hard to collect this 10 grand.
Well, Monday I had a very long day with my mom. I had to take her to a retinal specialist and we were there almost 4 hours with her in the office maybe half an hour of that whole time. When I got home I checked the phone and noticed this number that I knew belonged to this collection agency and I was NOT in the mood this time and was ready for it to be over.
I called the number and very calmly told them who I was and that someone called me from there today. They asked if it was about a Wells Fargo Visa and I said it was so she transferred me. A man with a very unique voice came on and said “Mr. Burns, how may I help you?” So, here the fun began.
“Mr. Burns I said, this is Joy Erickson and someone called me today from this number.” He asked for my phone number and I gave it to him. He asked me my birth date and I told him. He then asked me for my social security number and that’s when I asked him if he was nuts. I said “I would never give that out on the phone to someone I don’t know but I’d give him the three numbers at the end.” Then I proceeded to tell him what I’ve been going through. First he lied to me and told me “this collection only came to them 10 days ago.” I told him “NOT”!! you’ve been calling me once a week for 3 months.” Then he said “Oh, I see there have been calls made to this number.” So now the truth comes out.
So basically I asked him what I could do to get them to stop calling me. I asked him if I should just pay this bill that belongs to somebody else. No he said with a chuckle and I said “what do you suggest I do?” “Every person I talk to tells me they are taking my name off this list but so far that hasn’t happened so what MR BURNS SHOULD I DO ABOUT IT?”
You will NEVER believe what he said to me. He told me that I should really take this up with my phone company. They are the ones listing my telephone number! Yes folks, you read that right. Now, this is when I didn’t do so well in the ladylike department. Virgin ears should not read this cause yes, I swore 3 TIMES!! I said “are you F-ing kidding me?” I’ve had this F-ing phone number for 35 F-ing years and you want me to change it because some other person didn’t pay a bill?????? Then he said “Mrs. Erickson, I can hear you are very upset!” REALLY MR. BURNS….WHAT MAKES YOU THINK SO????? I told him he caught right on to things quick. I looked at Paul and he was pale. I never EVER talk to people like this but I’m so sick of it by now. They also call between 1 and 2 when I like to lay with a book or sit and knit and if I can grab 40 winks, this is my time. They are BOTHERING me and it’s not my bill.
So, Paul went to the bank yesterday and told them what was going on and since we are good customers, they were going to try calling the company and see if they can get them to stop. But I need advice. Is this a form of harassment? I would never sue or anything but I’d like to know if I could tell them I’m thinking of it. The audacity of this guy telling me to change my phone number and have it unlisted. FOR THIS??
Help. What would you do? Or, what can I do?