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How do Craigslist people get my real phone number?

RUsum1 9,544 1,696 April 27, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Whenever I post stuff onto Craigslist I put my Google Voice phone number however I'll get texts sent directly to my main phone number about some of my ads. I went back and verified that I left the Google Voice phone number so how are people getting my real number? I never respond to texts sent directly to my phone because I'm sure they are scams somehow.

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have you checked your CL profile for that info? (not the listings)
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try change the "Caller ID (incoming)" from "Display caller's number" to "Display my Google Voice number"

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Try using a Google voice number so they dont see your real one.
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just use email
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Double check settings in your google number settings, when you call someone back call with google voice.
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Quote from slapshot136 View Post :
have you checked your CL profile for that info? (not the listings)
Just checked and I don't see anything about a phone number in my account

Quote from Miruki View Post :
try change the "Caller ID (incoming)" from "Display caller's number" to "Display my Google Voice number"

(i am not sure)
That's how my Google Voice number is set up

Quote from redls1 View Post :
Try using a Google voice number so they dont see your real one.
Did you even read my post?

Quote from pooperpoop View Post :
just use email
I don't get to check my email as frequently as I can check my phone but I may start doing that. I'm not sure that matters though since my real phone number isn't displayed.

Quote from sushigaiden View Post :
Double check settings in your google number settings, when you call someone back call with google voice.
They are contacting me first so it's not a matter of when I contact them back they are seeing my real number.
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Sorry guess I didnt read correctly. I also only use my google number but not until many emails to feel the person out. Would really like to see this solved so I have an idea for the future.
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I just did 3-4 transactions this weekend, I hadn't done anything since they implemented the "not using your real email" thing. So that was way nice. I agree with the 'use email until you have 3-4 messages" You can tell if it is SPAM in the 1st one nearly every time!

Maybe post one of your listings here and we can try to see how they are getting it? You aren't supposed to sell anything on this site though, and trades have to be $5 or less...so...try to post something cheap I guess...
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are you sure your google voice settings are correct? maybe they are forwarding the txts to your real number.
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Why not have a controlled test where you get a family member/friend to text you using your GV number and see the results on your phone.
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Why not have a controlled test where you get a family member/friend to text you using your GV number and see the results on your phone.
Definitely, I always do this. I had one major f'up with g voice at one point and couldn't figure out why. Sat there trouble shooting and played with the settings on google voice and BAM. I'm set.
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Settings > Sync and notifications > Receive text messages: "Via the Google voice app"
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Quote from fyu View Post :
are you sure your google voice settings are correct? maybe they are forwarding the txts to your real number.
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Why not have a controlled test where you get a family member/friend to text you using your GV number and see the results on your phone.
Not all of the texts are like that, only some. Many of the texts I get are through Google Voice (They appear from a random number with a different area code but from within the text it shows the person's real phone number). But then I get some responses that don't come with the real phone number in the text as if it's sent directly to my real number instead of my Google Voice number.
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