We recently asked BuzzFeed Community members to share their best methods for giving out a fake number. Here are the results:
1. Submitted by kenj13
I used to give out the number of Chicago's gay movie theater, so they'd get the current and coming attractions recording.
2. Submitted by darcylynn
I give them the number of a local pizza shop. Sure, they may be disappointed they can't reach me. But, instead, they can order a delicious pizza! That's a win-win for both of us.
3. Submitted by piedpiper4ever
If they hand you their phone text REDCROSS to 90999 and they'll donate 10$ to the American Red Cross Foundation.
4. Submitted by julz98
If the guy is being a real tool, use the number (669) 221-6251. It's a feminist hotline created for the purpose. Whether they text or call, it responds with quotes about feminism.
5. Submitted by Adrienne L.
I have a Google number that I know by heart. I give it out. It forwards to my real phone in case they pull the whole, "I'm gonna text you right now"… then I just delete them or mute them later.
6. Submitted by kellyc45a699e00
Give them Groot! (866) 740-4531. He'll always respond with "I Am Groot."
7. Submitted by shesamarshmallow
The Burner App is a great solution, especially if they try and call you right away because your phone will always ring.
8. Submitted by Miranda Rubin (Facebook)
I had a friend who would give her ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend's name as her fake name, and then her ex-boyfriend's number as her fake number. Let that sink in...
9. Submitted by aaronv433716ef8
When I'm drunk, I give out the mobile number that I use to sign people up to a mailing list at work. When they text me the next day, they get an automatic reply saying their request was not recognized!
10. Submitted by sophiaranin
I keep the numbers of people that have caused me the shittiest time in my life to give to pestering people (bar guys, freaks anywhere that won't leave me alone) and I give out the names matching the number. BWAHAHA.
11. Submitted by madellen
I just give them my sister's number and let her deal with it. Oops!
12. Submitted by BGWaldrop
I tell them its "867-5309" and if they get the reference, they are worthy of my real number.
13. Submitted by oakiefan
I just give them my old number and say my phone died. If they ask for my name I just say they'll find out when they text me tomorrow with an innocent smile!
14. Submitted by lindseyh481f7296c
I became friends with the guy whose phone number is one off from mine and I text him when I give some guy that number. Then he'll pretend he's my boyfriend and ask what this other guy wants with his girlfriend.
15. Submitted by rachelk411e1b7d0
If he was a total loser I'd give them my father's number so he could tell them off.
16. Submitted by abrac
I have given out my real number and then the next day or after a few days I text the creeper and tell him that I'm a dude and the chick must have given him a fake number.
17. Submitted by sarahd4155d23e7
I usually say my real number and then just change the last number to one less than what the real number is so it's easy to remember.
18. Submitted by ashleej450c6c0d0
I give my ex-husband's number out.