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If you suddenly started getting many texts from people responding to a sex services ad would you tell them they had the wrong number?

Asked by LuckyGuy (36523points) February 5th, 2016

I started getting texts, all from the Detroit area, from guys asking things like: How much for half hour? How much for head only? Travel? When? etc. I noticed that about half of the texts are from an area code one digit away from mine: 585 vs 586, (Western NY, vs Detroit MI).
I did a search for my phone number but with the other area code and an untrustworthy site says it is connected to a Shawna Smith (not the real name).
I am guessing she posted an ad and accidentally entered the wrong area code.
Should I just leave it and ignore the calls and figure eventually they will stop? Or should I be proactive and call Shawna and tell her?
Or should I contact one of the customers?
I REALLY don’t want my phone connected in any way to this – either as a customer or a provider. On the other hand I can imagine poor Shawna sitting home alone, wondering why nobody is calling her, sobbing, “I worked so hard on those photos and nobody wants me….”
I looked up craigslist and backpage but neither have phone numbers.
Where would an ad that used phone numbers be posted in Detroit?
What would you do?

Would someone here be willing to call one of the guys back and tell him to tell her she made a mistake with the number? (PM me.)

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chyna's avatar

I think I would text the number you think it should be going to and tell her.

ucme's avatar

I’d do as the delightful @chyna suggests too, then immediately delete my text coz i’d feel all dirty & stuff.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I thought of that but I don’t want my number associated with it in any way.

Cruiser's avatar

I would tell them to look you up at www.answermug.com

LuckyGuy's avatar

I don’t for a minute think I am being intentionally harassed. I think “Shawna” made a mistake in her ad.

I am truly surprised at the number. of responses! Some of them are even from landlines! 10 seconds and I have his name and address! Are people really that dumb? There are a lot of guys out there. Or are they FBI working on a sting. I just don’t want it connected to my phone!
My “customer” would not like that.

cazzie's avatar

Not the point. Tell the men they were given the number for the SeX offenders registry and they can expect a visit from an officer to be charged pandering / solicitation. Lol. That would be hilarious.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I sent a vtext from a disposable email address to the number I think it is. I just said “Please check the phone number in your ad. Thanks.”

There are so many ways I can get a lot of people in trouble and so many ways for them to trace who did it. She (and the customers) already absolutely know my number and can make my life miserable if they wished. I know the customers’ numbers but I am not 100% sure of hers – more like 98% sure.

cazzie's avatar

You are intimidated by these people but you don’t feel harassed? Illegal activity is what it is.

Coloma's avatar

Haha…knowing myself I’d play along, for awhile anyway, it would be hard to resist but…after a little fun I would then disclose the wrong number and attempt to rectify the situation by contacting the OP. A half hour, that will cost you $1000.00 , $200 for the dirty talk and $800.00 for my wit and charm. lol

LuckyGuy's avatar

@cazzie Oh for sure it’s illegal activity – after they consummate the deal. Right now all parties are just tinking about it and wondering why they are not getting a response.

@Coloma If you noticed in my tags I thought about replying ”$20” but then I was afraid I’d be inundated with calls.

I have had no reply from the vtext. I’ll let you all know what happens. If anyone is looking for date I can now offer some suggestions for people to avoid.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Why is it illegal? Unless you know for sure that she is a minor, I don’t see anything illegal about it. Just a gal trying to make her rent payment. (Wait…prostitution is illegal, isn’t it. That’s so dumb. Leave it to men to make the one thing they most want in the world, illegal!)

If it were me and I thought I could get in legal trouble, to protect my self I would make a template that included some sort of disclaimer which I would send back, like an automaton in response to every text I got. I would also lock and save every text for now.

Or, you could just change your number. But I can totally understand if you didn’t want to. My number is the one that was assigned me 20 years ago. It’s the only number anyone actually has memorized.

And when it comes to sex, @LuckyGuy, yes. Many men can be incredibly stupid. Hell, just paying for it is incredibly stupid, IMO.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Intriguing situation. But I think that unless you want to disrupt a whole lot of lives (your own is already bruised) you either change your phone number or ride it out. You certainly need to notify the woman involved since she knows where your number is being erroneously displayed and has the greatest possible incentive to correct the mistake. It seems to me that once measures are initiated, things should quickly slow down for you. But I don’t envy you one bit. You’re the unforeseen victim in an enterprise charitably deemed “victimless crime”.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I just got a brilliant idea! I could sell the list of numbers to women who live in the Detroit area. The women can make arrangements on their own. When the guy mentions that they don;t look like the picture you just respond: “We never do… we never do.”

stanleybmanly's avatar

Interesting that you would know so many women with such entusiasms.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I don’t. I was thinking I could advertise on craigslist . :-)
Or, as a courtesy, give it to some jellies here.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

@LuckyGuy, I love that you’re concerned about this lady’s emotional well-being. I think you’ve done all you can by attempting to email her to let her know she’s used the wrong number.

You couldn’t have upset someone could you? Years ago, I kept getting obscene phone calls. At first I would just hang up, then I lost it and told the man what I thought of him. He always said the same thing, so I knew it was the same guy. After that, I started getting phone calls from many different men at all times of the day and night. Apparently the first loser had published my number somewhere with the suggestion that I was available for rent. One of the callers told me how he’d found my number. After I explained what I suspected was going on, he apologised and the calls stopped. Not sure if he in some way removed my number from wherever it had been posted.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I do think he’s more concerned about the ramifications this could have for him rather than the lady. But @LuckyGuy is awesome, so he’s somewhat concerned for her too.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

I was being a little tongue-in-cheek @Dutchess_III. :-)

cazzie's avatar

Read the law. The act of solicitation and pandering are illegal and no sex needs to occur.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Update: No calls since ~6 PM last night – a Friday night!

I’m guessing the anon Vtext I sent her ~3:00 PM worked and ‘Shawna” fixed it! Wow!

Now that I have her number memorized and she has mine I know who to call the next time I’m in Detroit. NOT!!!

@Coloma I’ll be singing that song all day. 8675 309…. Thanks! :-)

Dutchess_III's avatar

@cazzie… well what is “selling” then?

Coloma's avatar

@LuckyGuy Haha…might be Shawna of the dead, a zombie call girl. Enjoy the brain worm tune, I was singing it all last night after I posted the link. Maybe you should make it your new ring tine in light of the current shenanigans of Shawna. lol

cazzie's avatar

@Dutchess_III I sent a link to the Michigan law pertaining to prostitution and solicitation. If you read it, it will explain. Men who are found guilty of soliciting for sex are put on a sex offenders register in Michigan. Transporting a women for the procurement of her sexual services is also against the law.

I’m worried about this girl and I’m not finding the humour in it as others are. I keep thinking, what if it was my niece…. what if she’s underage?

Coloma's avatar

@cazzie Whoever this person is they are making their own choices, and a little levity does not mean anyone is condoning unsafe or illegal sexual practices. Bottom line, there are many men and women that choose to be sex workers and most are aware of the potential risks/consequences. Not every person that works in a sex club or in prostitution or other sex related industries needs saving.

cazzie's avatar

Yes, both great examples of low hanging fruit, I guess.

Coloma's avatar

@cazzie Well…such is the way of the world, one can’t save every bruised peach.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@cazzie You’re probably assuming she’s doing something she doesn’t want to do. Well, hell. It’s easy money. If she doesn’t mind, then go for it. No big deal.

I think the biggest problem is that it’s illegal, therefore unregulated. If it was legalized it would become so much safer for the girls with some oversight.

trailsillustrated's avatar

Just let poor old shawna know so she can fix it. I’m sure it’s harmless.

Dutchess_III's avatar

He did, Trails.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I found a website that lists providers by phone number and looked up our numbers.
She placed about 10 new ads immediately. Unfortunately the one that had my number is still out there in the ether. I have not received any more calls.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Hey…easy money @LuckyGuy! Snicker!

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