Threatening Calls from Unknown Sources: Google the Phone Number (embedded video)
Today I spoke to a client who had received a threatening call from a (617) area code. The client was extremely shaken up by the message that had been left for her. The message alleged that she was the respondent in a lawsuit and had 48 hours to respond. It also stated that a restraining order had been issued as part of the proceeding.
The first thing I did was google the phone number that had been left for her. When I did that, the top search results were complaints about threatening phone calls from that number. There are a number of websites in existence where individuals post harassing, threatening and scamming phone calls that they receive. A number of those sites came up.
If the number had been from a legitimate business, the most likely search result would have been the website of that business – or possibly a website describing that business.
It is worthwhile to Google a phone number from an unsolicited harassing or threatening phone message. The results may not be definitive, but you likely will get some ideas as to the legitimacy of the source.
I would still recommend calling an attorney and possibly the police. But doing a search of the number can be one important step in handling such calls.
In this video: Jaime Levine, Director of Legal Services, Elder Law & Advocacy