What do you do when your bad date wants a second date? You could give out your real phone number. Or you could get a free second phone number 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Never have I ever given someone a fake phone number
— Hannah (@Never_Have_I_03) January 4, 2017
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.
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.
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.
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. Do you know of any other fake or prank numbers, especially from countries not listed above?
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