This is what happened last night:
I just couldn't stay asleep. I got up around 3 am and moseyed over to the computer to see what was what. At 3:10, the phone rang and I snatched it right up. A young girl was laughing and breathlessly yakking away a mile a minute, saying she was about to come on over. No way could I have ever gotten a word in edgewise, such was the speed of her chatter and the frequent punctuation of shrieking giggles made it all the more impossible. So I sat and listened and finally she had to pause. Then the line went quiet. Not dead, more like dead air.
7 or 8 minutes later, the phone rang again. This time it was a guy informing me that his shift at the video store was almost over and he was planning to stop for a Slurpee and then he'd be over in 10 minutes. Again it was constant chatter but not quite as maniacal as the girl. It ended the same way. He just came to the end of what he had to say and then it was that dead air again.
I hung up but then took the phone off the hook so I wouldn't be further disturbed. But now that couldn't have been a coincidence that I got two calls of the same nature in that short time period. They didn't mention a business, or a phone number or a website. They just talked.They were recordings and I never said a word after "hello".
So I was thinking it must be for some underhanded purpose. Perhaps I forgot to tell you that Sami and I were victims of identify theft a few months ago. Yes. Nobody wants to go through that again. I started googling around to see if the internet could shed like on what kind of mischief this could be. There was only one vague reference to hackers attempting to gain access to your computer by going through your phone line. could that be what it was? Trying to keep the line open long enough to connect to the computer?
I'm not sure ezactly how that would work, but in a case where a home would have a comprehensive connectivity service - like, one company for an inclusive phone, cable and internet connection package - a scenario like that would be believable to a non-tech person like me.
So, then what was that about? Have any of you heard of that kind of thing before?