10 Prank Phone Numbers to Hand a Bad Date at the End of the Night

What do you do when your bad date wants a second date Online Dating Tips: 5 Guys to Avoid Like the Plague In online dating, there are guys to avoid. This article lists five types of guys to avoid. Read More ? You could give out your real phone number. Or you could get a free second phone number The 5 Best Free Calling Apps for Making Free Phone Calls Free calling apps provide free phone calls and texting. Here are some great options for Android and iPhone. Read More  just in case the second date doesn’t work out. Or if you’re devious, you could hand out a prank phone number that’ll surprise them when they try calling.

You can use one of the numbers below to escape without having to reject or disappoint the person on the spot. And you don’t have to worry about them spamming you with unwanted calls or texts. For ease of use, we sorted the numbers by location.

Note: If you can’t find a number with your area code, you could always make up a story of why you’re using a “foreign” number. For example, say it’s your business phone, that you just moved and haven’t changed your number yet, or claim that the plan attached to this number is too good to give up.

North America

1. The Rejection Line

Keep this number handy for the next time someone won’t leave you alone. File it in your contacts under a name you’ll be able to find quickly, for example your own name with the addition “private line”.

212-479-7990 New York, NY, USA

Once the offender calls “you”, the rejection line team will take care of them. The caller will hear a recorded voice mail with three options; a message from the team’s comfort specialist, a sad poem, or unrealistic hope.

You’re not from New York? View their list of copycat rejection lines for numbers in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, and other cities across the US. They also have a number for England and Dublin, Ireland.

2. The Rejection Hotline

This is the original rejection hotline, created by Humor Hotlines. Unfortunately, they had to close shop and drop over 2,500 phone numbers in 2013. However, they have made a comeback with The Whatever Network and their original number is back in business.

605-475-6968 South Dakota, USA

If you’re curious to hear the message on the other end of this number, but don’t want to call it, check out the video below or play the sound clip from the hotline’s website.

The Rejection Hotline also offers a premium number, which includes text-backs; this service will set you back $0.99. Unfortunately, 605 is the only area code available, so have your story ready.


3. FakeNumber

Not many services offer international fake phone numbers. FakeNumber.org covers the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Hungary, and Ireland. For each country, you can choose from several numbers. We’ve picked one number for each country otherwise missing from this article. Visit the site for the full list.

01632-960911 visit the United Kingdom sub-site for localized numbers
613-555-0152 head to the Canada sub-site for more local numbers
1900-654-321 go to the Australia sub-site to find more Australian numbers by region
06-55-423-338 Hungary
020-918-7177 Ireland

Note that the numbers are meant to not work! If you use one of these genuinely fake numbers, you won’t accidentally make up an innocent person’s actual number.

FakeNumber also offers a long list of US fake numbers, sorted by cities, from Albany to Washington. By the way, all-number.com looks like a copycat site of FakeNumber.


4. The Rejection Line

Familiar name, different continent. This number is for the folks down under.

In Australia, cell phone prefixes don’t reveal your location because they’re tied to providers instead. Hence, this number works anywhere in Australia:

0406-650-430 Australia (cell phone)

The only thing that picks up on this number is an answer phone. Voice messages are forwarded as a text message to the website, Twitter, and Facebook account behind this prank phone number.


5. Frank Geht Ran

Since cell phone prefixes in Germany — like in Australia — are provider-specific, this number won’t give away a location. Next time you feel forced to share your phone number, let Frank answer the phone for you.

0163-1737743 Germany (mobile)

Frank will politely tell the person calling that you do not wish to be contacted by them. Because it’s neutral in terms of location and message, you can use it in all sorts of situations, for example in official forms. You can preview Frank’s message here; it’s German of course.

6. TelefonPaul

The main objective of this German number is to deter telemarketers and the likes. Whenever asked for your phone number in Germany, whether in person or online, enter this number and know that these folks won’t be able to bother you with calls.

0711-50885525 Stuttgart, Germany

Since the above number has already made it onto several black lists, you can also use one of these two alternative numbers, both situated in Stuttgart, Germany.


The Number You Have Dialed…

We have tested all numbers listed above and found them working (or not in the case of FakeNumber) as described. Nevertheless, please test the number you intend on using before you hand it out. To reach international numbers from abroad, first dial the country code and — if applicable — drop the leading 0 from the area code. Fees may apply.

And if you ever gave out your real number and came to regret it, here’s how to block unwanted calls and texts on your Android How to Block Unwanted Calls and Texts on Android for Free Sick of spammy calls and texts on Android? Here's how to take control and block them for free and without rooting your device. Read More . Do you know of any other fake or prank numbers, especially from countries not listed above?

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  1. Cyn
    October 25, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    I used to give out a card which said "It takes a lot to interest the fascinating!" with the local number for Dial a Prayer on it! My cousin told me the saying reminded him of me, and I added the Dial a Prayer. If they were good sports, next time I saw them I might give them the real number!

  2. a
    September 23, 2018 at 12:11 am

    (801) 979-0265

  3. Hildy J
    April 13, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    In the US, 555 is a restricted exchange (i.e. the middle three numbers). Add an area code and any last four digits and you have a fake number. Some of these numbers might connect with directory assistance (555's original use) but most won't work at all.

    • Tina Sieber
      April 13, 2017 at 7:07 pm

      Great tip. Thank you, Hildy!

    • Jimbo
      April 20, 2017 at 1:05 pm

      Haha. Any American who has watched television will know it's a fake number the moment you say "555". :D

  4. ho
    February 8, 2016 at 9:33 pm


    • fist johnson
      September 9, 2016 at 6:27 pm


      • George
        March 22, 2018 at 12:22 pm

        tel:(718) --------

        In the states this is a great number to use and give

        • Tina Sieber
          March 30, 2018 at 8:14 pm

          Why would you share the number of a clinic? They have serious matters to deal with!

  5. magnus
    April 27, 2015 at 10:31 am

    swedish example: 08-11 23 93 <- 08 can be replaced by any valid area code, also any/all numbers after 08-112... can be replaced. this will dial the swedish "sos" i bellieve the US equivalent is 911? explanation: if 112 is recognized in beginning of dialing, all following digits will be ignored by the system due to security reasons. no number in sweden hence starts with 112...

  6. MikeVertx
    October 11, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    i would rather recommend just having a temp number...

    "Create Free Temporary Phone Numbers Easily with INumbr"

    this way it's not offensive, you can record your own greeting in advance...(and hold the number for upto a month) and if you need to you can check the voicemail through your email (without having it forward to your cell if you don't want it to), if they leave a message and you feel like checking it then you can decide from there, it will show you their phone number as well.

    plus you can always play it off easily if you bump into them in the future... oh here's my new number...

  7. RougeCrown
    October 11, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    LOL i love this.

    @ppl: please, have a sense of humour! Nobody is asking you to use these numbers anyway.

  8. JohnO
    October 11, 2009 at 7:01 am

    As the UK number is a premium rate number your date is quite likely to know what you're doing.

    Unless they think you work in the phone sex industry and have given them your work number by mistake.

    Which, as you like humiliating people like this, is probably pretty likely.

    • Mark O'Neill
      October 11, 2009 at 7:15 am

      Obviously you've never had a psycho bad date calling you back at all hours, who can't take a hint.

      We're not suggesting you do this to everyone, but instead to total idiots you find yourself going out with that you want to extricate yourself from.

  9. deakaz
    October 11, 2009 at 5:14 am

    Great resources, if only you posted this a few weeks earlier I could of used some of these!

  10. Debora
    October 11, 2009 at 4:53 am

    Great stuff, though I do miss one for The Netherlands. It would be great to have a number like that to give to those companies that absolutely insist on getting my number, even though I won't pick up the phone. It would be a good way to communicate how I feel to them.

    It's nice for you that you either have never had to deal with very pushy people or that you are very assertive, but that doesn't go for all of us. Of course one should always do their absolute best to tell someone how they feel in person. But some people are very pushy and won't take no for an answer. So why let them ruin your night out?

  11. Docquesting
    October 10, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    This is one of the worse ways of treating others. Someone must not have much respect and especially by writing this article. I hope you get treated badly next time you ask someone out again. Why can't people just say I would rather not give my number out geez.

    • MuzikalNotes
      October 11, 2009 at 7:40 pm

      Because there are some people who don't get what "No, I WON'T give you my number" means... Yes, even after the 15th time you say that.