... do those stupid collection agencies get MY phone number to call when they're looking for people that I haven't seen in years? Ordinarily I don't answer phone calls if I don't recognize the number on the Caller ID. I also don't answer if it says "Private Caller" or "Unknown". Once in a while if they are calling repeatedly, I will answer just to see who it is and have been known to ream out the ones making sales calls and remind them not-so-nicely that I'm on the "Do Not Call" list. Then I started getting calls from places looking for the ex-husband that I divorced 16 years ago! Why on earth would they think that they could reach him at my house? Then I started getting calls from collection agencies looking for my son-in-laws father! Not only does he live over 600 miles away, I've only actually met the man twice and that was years ago! This is the man who has never made even the slightest effort to meet his beautiful little grandson or to be a part of his life, his only grandchild, even though he's already three years old! Outside of communications from lawyers, my daughter and sister in law have had no contact with him for years although they know that he is aware that he has a grandchild. So WHY would these people think that they could find him through ME? And how did they ever make that connection in the first place? But today absolutely takes the cake! I've been getting daily calls from an "Unknown" at a number I don't recognize. So today I snatched up the phone to see who it was. I get one of those collection agency recordings that say that it's a call for "So and so" and if you are "So and so", push "1". Except the "So and so" they were looking for was the little bimbo who married my son seven years ago, the one who cheated on him three weeks after the wedding, the one that sent him into such a tailspin that he spent a week in the ICU on life support after a suicide attempt! Trust me on this one ... the only one less likely to be found at my house than my ex is HER! So of course, I pushed "1" to get to a real person! Suffice it to say that the person who came on the line may decide to pursue another line of work after today. Suffice it to say that this person's eyebrows are probably singed right off by that phone call! Suffice it to say that this person is now very aware of what the term "rip them a new one"means! I asked how they ever got MY number to try to reach Ms. Bimbo! She said they were given that number to contact her ... WELL, NO, THEY WEREN'T!!! Just how do these people make these connections? I can see how they could use public records to tie her in with my son, but how would that connect in with me and not any of the millions of other people who share our fairly common last name? Seeing as how I threatened this woman with bodily harm if she ever called my house looking for her again, I doubt if I hear from them again. But how do they do that anyway? How do they make those connections?