Phone Calls

Harrassing Phone Calls

Hang Up.
Hang up as soon as you hear an obscenity, improper question or no response.

Don't Talk to Strangers.
If you have any concern about the legitimacy of a person asking for personal information over the phone, ask the person for his name, firm name and telephone number. Say that you will call back after you verify the authenticity of the survey.

Don't Play Detective.
Don't extend the call trying to figure out who is calling.

Keep Cool.
Don't let the caller know you are upset or angry.

Place Ads with Caution.
When placing an ad in a newspaper or on a bulletin board, use a newspaper or post office box number if possible. If you must use your phone number, do not list your address.

Don't Let Your Answering Machine or Voice Mail Give You Away.
Don't say: "I'm out of the office"; "I'm not at home at the present time"; "I'm away for the weekend". Also refrain from using names or giving out the phone number. If the prank call is random, you've just given the caller a name and a return phone number.
Suggestions for Voice Mail Messages:"Your message is important to me, please leave your name and number"; "I'm glad you called, Please leave your name and number"; "I'm not available at the present time, but I'll return your call as soon as possible".

Report Threats of Violence or Harm Right Away.
Call the police immediatetly if you receive a call in which there are threats of physical harm or violence.  Campus Police can be reached at x2121, or if you are off campus call 911.

If the calls persist create a  log sheet to track the date and times of the calls. This log will help police investigate the incident.