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    What to say when calling back an unknown phone number?

    Hello there,

    I always receive unknown calls from someone but have no idea what to say if call them back. I mean like do I need to say "hello, this is (full name), who was calling me a few minutes ago?" But that sounds wired....Can anyone teach me what to say?

    Thanks,

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    Re: What to say when calling back an unknown phone number?

    If the caller lacks the courtesy to leave their name I would never call them back in any circumstances.

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    Re: What to say when calling back an unknown phone number?

    Quote Originally Posted by ZOEYW View Post
    Hello there,

    I always receive unknown calls from someone but have no idea what to say if call them back. Can anyone teach me what to say?

    Thanks,
    Why are you receiving these calls?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 21-Mar-2014 at 19:32.

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    Re: What to say when calling back an unknown phone number?

    If there is some reason you feel you MUST find out who called you, you could say "Hello, I've just received a call from this number, but there was no message. Were you trying to reach me?" Don't identify yourself. If they were trying to reach you with a legitimate reason, they can say "Yes, is this Barb D? Thank you for calling us back."


    I can imagine that if I got a call from someone with my mother's area code, I'd call back -- it could be her using someone else's phone or a neighbor or doctor who didn't want to leave a message. But mostly, in my experience, when an unknown number calls and doesn't leave a message, it was either a telemarketer or a wrong number. You have nothing to gain by calling either back.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: What to say when calling back an unknown phone number?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Why are you receiving these calls?
    I want to know it as well!

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    Re: What to say when calling back an unknown phone number?

    Quote Originally Posted by ZOEYW View Post
    I want to know it as well!
    You can ignore them. That's always a choice.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: What to say when calling back an unknown phone number?

    It can very expensive to return unknown calls. Returning calls to certain area codes can cost a lot of money.

    See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Area_code_268

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    Re: What to say when calling back an unknown phone number?

    Yes, you can ignore them. Since living in Hong Kong, where no one uses voicemail (except expats) I returned to Canada only to realize I also hated voicemail, and don't even like the telephone that much. So I honestly view all calls as a mere offer, which I can ignore or not.

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