The Crank Call!

Yes! Crank calling is a crime and I am sick of it. It takes a great deal of restraint for me not to publish the “bare” necessities that the gentleman calling and messaging me, here!

I know there is a “hotline” for reporting crank calls; I also know that you can call up your own service provider and have a complaint recorded and eventually, the caller will get a warning and a hopeful termination of his/her number, but I don’t quite know what control any authority could exert on the headache to curb the habit. I’d rather pick up the phone and place the call on hold enough times so that the caller will hopefully just get frustrated and be petty about losing valuable anna-bits on listening to whole lot of nothing.

So as life moves along on its normal course, how do YOU deal with crank callers?

25 Comments so far

  1. d0ct0r (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 6:14 pm

    call CPLC and get the freak busted..

  2. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 6:43 pm

    Change your number.

  3. Zainub (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 6:53 pm

    I syampthise Rabia, yes, it does give you a headache, but sometimes, it can also give you a bit of a laugh, you know, the realization just how desperate some of these guys are to get to talk to a lady. I had this case about 8 months ago when I used the same tactic you mention, i.e receive the call and put it aside so that he loses credit and hopefully loses enough of it to learn his lesson. I did this once, and checked after about 10 minutes after receiving the call, and the guy was still going on, “I know you’re listening”…so I just cut the call. When he called again, I did the same and left the phone on one side so he’d lose more credit, pushing the phone under a pillow so he’d not get any background knowledge, I checked about 15 minutes later this time, and this time he was going on about how it was “not a good thing” to waste some one’s credit in this, and that I should be quote “a good girl” and talk to him ASAP! The desperation of that aside, it did made me laugh for a moment. I did not cut his call that time though, and he probably talked to him self until his credit ran out. He persisted with messages and more calls for a few more days but then finally stopping all by him self. I suppose he found some one else to talk to.

  4. Ramla A. (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 7:25 pm

    Most issues that deal with basic decenc and civilisation are hard to curb by legal means. Because a psycho is a psycho.

    The cellular companies have to sell more responsibly and do that proactively, without being urged and stopped mid-tracks by PTA. Still, because they are extending to far-out villages and locations where the cell connection-walla is the bhai brother of half the villagers and a quarters of the bums, he is obliged to share his privileges with them!

    Which is exactly why some citizens resort to asking the same bhai loag to deal with the miscreants. This strategy, I’ve heard, is nevertheless failing on the persistent disturbers.

    BTW CPLC is the official means to the end, but they haven’t really been very effective – the bottom-line is that a law is implemented only as long as people fear and respect it.

  5. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 7:25 pm

    How abt not answering #’s not in your phonebook, or the one’s you do not recognize??.

    Works for me. If the person is known or what he/she has to say is important, they leave a text or voice message.

  6. balma (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 9:30 pm

    You meant it was a prank call? Right, Ms. Gharib?

  7. aaxz (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 9:37 pm

    How exactly is this connected to karachi?

  8. mantissa (unregistered) on November 11th, 2007 @ 11:13 am


    Exactly what i was wondering – it’s supposed to be prank calling not crank calling :)

  9. S.I. (unregistered) on November 11th, 2007 @ 12:19 pm

    Actually, a prank call is also known as a crank call, they both describe the same thing. It is a valid adjective to decribe a call.

    Here’s a link for those who would like to confirm:

  10. S.I. (unregistered) on November 11th, 2007 @ 12:19 pm

    Actually, a prank call is also known as a crank call, they both describe the same thing. It is a valid adjective to describe a call.

    Here’s a link for those who would like to confirm:

  11. Zee (unregistered) on November 11th, 2007 @ 6:16 pm

    Hmmm… so what you are trying to tell us is that you are an eye candy and people love to call you up like all the time? Hey, I gota see your pic to believe it :D Muahaha

  12. Sara (unregistered) on November 11th, 2007 @ 10:40 pm

    That happened to me once, but i was very mean i made that number public on websites!! hehe creepy places as well

  13. Zara Ali (unregistered) on November 11th, 2007 @ 10:51 pm

    sometime u jus dnt turn the other cheek to be slapped on rather u slap back…


    if ur a late niter…

    then all u need to do is keep on callin the number at odd hours of the nite…

    piss the person off…

    n he changes his number…

    tested n proved method ;D

  14. alam (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 10:25 am

    ladies, if u get such calls, send ur pics….80% chances r that he would stop calling u

  15. Baw (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 8:11 pm

    I just send an sms (by some other number, not my own), that:

    We belong to a low profile govt agency. We have noted that you’ve been disturbing people important to the national integrity. If after now you do this, you’ll be sent to GITMO. This is a final warning.

    Amazing how it works for EVERYONE who he/she used to tease.

  16. Zee (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 5:47 am

    If the above mentioned procedure works, it clearly tells you how stupid both the creator of this message and the receiver (who actually stops smsing after this msg) really are!

  17. Tariq Khanani (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 10:15 am

    How do u knw that its always a He behind such calls. In larkyon ki masoomiat pe na jao, Jazz walon ne aisay hi thori Ladies First package nikala hay :p

  18. tt (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 3:26 pm

    WOW Rabia!!!

    what a post. must have felt good telling every one u are hot and in demand!!??

    we, as a nation are undergoing hell and authors like u are discusiing the crank calls…etc they are getting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    just simply outrageous!!

    this KMB is a POS!

  19. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 7:42 pm

    @ ZEE: HAHA!. It also shows that most ppl are illiterate. The majority of cell phone users in Pak do not use text messaging, and even if they do its in ‘desi english’.”kaise hain aap?”. They wont understand English proper.

    @ Tariq: Very true, Im a guy & most of the cranks I get are from girls. (I know this because I dont pick up unknown #’s. After a few tries they leave a voice mail or text with their name wanting a call back).

    @ TT: I’ve said it before & ill say it again.

    Make up ur freaking minds!. If someone talks current affairs, multiple ppl bicker that the blog is too political. If you post anything else its not relavent.
    Which one is it??

    And besides, are you living under a rock?

    This is a problem faced by hundreds of people in this country everyday. Writing about it with ppl discovering ways to avoid annoyance….I dont think thats a waste of space…..Like some of the ppl posting here.

    Its an open medium & if you do not care for the entry’s, save everybody some time and dont reply :).

  20. Angel_boy (unregistered) on November 15th, 2007 @ 4:41 pm

    Hi Salam Telenor

    I’M Rehman
    Mujhe appnay NokiaSet N95 ki GPRS ki Setting Chaheyee…
    Gprs On karta hoon Tu…No caLL ate hai Na Sms Send hota hai
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    my Number is 03454056831
    I am from lahore

  21. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 3:07 am

    Err…spam on the crank call post!.
    Talk about Irony :P.

    Anyways, Angel Boy. TeleNor ki sim me mms/gprs settings pehle se hui hoti hain. 0 ka button dabe ke rakho, browser khud hi detect kar le ga.

    Agar phir bhi masla ai to yahan se settings download kar lo:

    Ya to phir Telenor ke daftar jao :).

    Hope that helps!

  22. Ravi (unregistered) on November 17th, 2007 @ 1:37 pm

    I have seen Rabia’s photo on the net. She is gorgeous and deserves to be called.

  23. wasiq (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 8:10 am


    tusi KMB te qazi lag gay ho…ya bachi kay mama lagtey ho….kabardar jo is qissim ki baat again kia…Badhmash!

    BTW,i saw her first you can check my MS licenced event log and search google log….and i love her amazing voice….its only fair…

    Crank Calls will be a part of telephonic history very soon with the new state of the art technology now we will be able to identify any caller from anywhere without any extra charges….trust me on this!

  24. Maria Malik (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 9:13 am

    its really very annoying getting calls with no voice from the other side.. and sometimes some people send crap messages..well i also tried the same trick of picking up the call and putting phone aside on hold.. thats the best way to get rid of such calls…:) cheers

  25. Sidra Ghori (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 12:20 pm

    once you have realized that its a prank caller you should answer the phone and give them a piece of your mind so they never call again :)

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