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Late Night Calls

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been the victim of late night calls. For some reason people I don’t know who live in countries I don’t live in have built up an urge to call me in the middle of the night to wake me up.

First, it was the woman who only spoke Spanish. She didn’t speak English, I don’t speak Spanish, so as you can probably imagine, we had a communication problem. It was a short conversation. She called at four in the night, so she probably didn’t call from Spain, but some Latin American country. Unfortunately, the number was withheld, so there is no way to find out.

Then it was a Chinese business associate, who called and wanted to speak with Wendy. At least that’s what I think he wanted, because all he said was “Wendy? Wendy? Wendy? Wendy?” before I was able to say anything. Then he hung up. A moment later he called again, I let the call transfer to my voice mail. He left an empty message. I don’t really think he ever realized he had called the wrong number.

Then I got three far more interesting calls.

Two nights ago at half past five in the morning, someone else called me from China. I picked up and they hung up. About thirty seconds later, my phone rang again, also from China. The calling number was similar, but it was not the same. Again I picked up, again they hung up. About a minute later, it happened again, from a number in the same number series, but not the same as the two previous calls. This time I didn’t bother to pick it up.

The following morning, I did some digging and as it turns out, all the three numbers that was used to call me the previous night don’t exist. What gives? Who is calling me in the middle of the night from Chinese numbers that do not exist? Is it the Chinese version of the CIA who wants to recruit me? I’m not sure if I’m much spy material, really, but in any case I do not recommend hanging up as part of the recruitment process.

If you also get strange calls in the middle of the night and they are from +8613488960204, +8613488960171 or +8613488960144 ask them what kind of perks they can offer. Being a secret agent must have its advantages, just look at James Bond.

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