This unknown number called my ho line twice today - once while I was at the office, and again in the evening. Didn’t leave a voicemail either time, so I texted:
Me: Hi, who is this?
Creeper: hi.my name is john.
Me: Hi! Where did you get my number? And what can I do for you?
Creeper: who is this?
Me: You don’t know who you’re calling twice in one day? :-)
Creeper: all I know I got it off [the local board].
Me: What section? I don’t publish my number.
Creeper: I believe it was your profile.
Me: Definitely not :)
Creeper: you’re available? tho.
Me: Only to thoroughly screened potential clients.
Creeper: oh what you mean by.
Me: I don’t understand what you’re asking.
Creeper: how you can screening
Me: My screening is standard protocol - if you have spent any time on [the local board], then you should know what I mean.
Creeper: you mean checking past references?
Creeper: I do have them as well.
Me: I require name, email, at least two references from currently active providers (and their ad links, email, phone number, and website), employment verification (in this case), P411/TER/Datecheck info (if applicable), and a little blurb about yourself and what you’re looking to get out of our experience together. This can all be found on my website (if you have seen my ad, you should have seen my website).
Creeper: my references are [provider name 1], [provider name 2], [provider name 3] of [the local board].thanks.
Me: If you’d like to book an appointment with me, I require that all new clients do so through the contact form on my website. To be perfectly honest, it makes me quite uncomfortable that you called me twice today out of the blue (while I was at the office), and refuse to tell me where you found my number other than [the local board]. I do not publish my number, and only provide it once an appointment is confirmed, so I don’t see how you got a hold of it. If you have seen my ad, you should be directed to my website, where you can input ALL the screening information I ask for.