I got a Cricket phone a few months ago. I don't give out the number online or even to friends because I'd rather not spend even $1 a day if I can help it. (Welcome to the New Economy.) But for some reason I get junk calls at the rate of three or four a week!
So where are they getting my number, if not from Cricket?
I check the "missed" calls on "Who Called Us" and find that most are from places where I know nobody (Agoura CA, Kentucky, Georgia, Wisconsin, Minnesota). Others are reportedly scams in Spanish -- "you have won a prize, give us your credit/bank information so we can send it to you." Hah! If one of these junk calls leaves a message (even a click and a hang-up) I get charged a buck. Some of the junk calls are even from Cricket itself!
It goes without saying that "customer Service" is lousy and conducted by people whose English is extremely faulty.
Is this a pattern? Can anything be done?