There have been so many.
At one point the county I was one of 6 unrelated people in my county with my last name and some variation of my first name. One of the others worked at the same place I did and was behind on a credit card at the same bank that held my mortgage. I got calls for him so often I kept his boss’s phone number taped to my phone.
A series of calls, the first was a legitimate wrong number. The caller asked my name and I gave my standard answer “I’m sorry, I don’t give out that information over the phone”. He called 3 more times that night and intermittently for the next couple of years, demanding that I tell him my name.
A 10-year old boy learned a new insult and told my answering machine “You’re a ***** man. I hate your guts”. He called every 10 to 15 minutes from about 2:30pm until 5:30pm, repeating that same insult. I’m guessing he got home from school at 2:30, his mom got home from work at 5:30.
A woman, I don’t remember what she said but I hope she was calling from home where she could pass out safely.
I got a series of hang-up calls. It turned out someone had hacked my cordless phone. One of the last calls they made from my number was to 911, and they hung up. Which is why the police came to my house at 11pm. After I disconnected that phone I started getting faxes to my voice phone at all hours of the day and night. I suspect, but can’t prove, that the hackers gave the faxer my phone number.
I got many calls to my cell phone, up to 6/day, looking for Michael. I googled the number, discovered it was the automobile loan department at a bank. Apparently Michael lied on a car loan application, gave them my phone number instead of his, then stopped making payments. My cell provider suggested I put the number in my contacts list and assign it the ring tone “no ring”. I did that for 2 weeks, then took one call telling the caller “you have GOT to stop calling me” and explaining the situation. I got one more call for Michael the Deadbeat, this one from a 3rd party bad debt collection firm.