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‘Wrong number’ calls irritate area residents

It became such a problem, Anita Roberts had caller ID added to her phone service.

She’s among at least dozens of western Nevada County residents who have received the same mysterious calls in recent days. The Sheriff’s Office has since learned the calls were made in countless California cities from Fresno on north.

“We answer the phone, and a man just says ‘wrong number’ and hangs up,” Roberts, a Ridge Road resident, said Friday. “This went on and on. It was very unsettling, and it appears they were trying to see if someone was home. That was my interpretation of why they were calling.”

Lake Wildwood resident Barbara Ryan said the calls to her house were a pain because her husband was waiting for a business call.

“He says, ‘I have the wrong number’ and hangs up immediately. A deep male voice – and it’s happened twice. He has a very nice male voice, very clear,” she said.

A Nevada City woman who didn’t want to be identified reported hearing a woman’s voice during an initial call, then a male voice in subsequent calls.

Caller ID hasn’t helped any victims with the service, Sheriff’s Lt. Dave Baxley said. Only a string of zeros appears when the wrong-number caller strikes.

Pacific Bell is investigating the matter, and the phone company’s conclusions might decide which agency should handle the case, Baxley said. He said the calls were likely placed by people with a special phone line for making multiple phone calls with a computer.

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