The phone rang this morning and I hear the now familiar recorded call for Milehannah Perry.
"This is an important call for Milehannah Perry. If you are not Milehanna, please hang up now. If this is Milehanna, please press "1" now..."
This is the third one of these calls this week. Simply hanging up doesn't end the calls so this time I press '1' and immediately a woman answers:
Debt collector: "Milehannah?"
Me: "No it's not and I want....."
I didn't get to finish because she hung up on me. What I wanted to inform this debt collection outfit was: that I wanted no further calls as I have no association with the dead beat they are after. She doesn't live here and never has!!
These calls started about five years ago with a bad check cashed at one of those "payday check cashing" places. Milehannah, apparently, crossed out her address and phone number and substituted mine from the phone book.
Five years ago, Milehannah was such an unusual name that it didn't generate any hits in Yahoo or Google's search engines.
It does now and will continue to be until she makes good on her debt and they quit calling me for payment.