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People Describe Their Creepiest Phone Calls They Still Can't Explain

Updated April 21, 2020 1.8m views17 items

We've all had our fair share of wrong numbers. More often than not they're pretty harmless. You tell the other person they made a mistake and then you go about your day. But sometimes, you get a phone call that sticks with you the rest of your life. The kind you can't explain. You know, the ones you can only describe as "phone call creepypasta" (or perhaps even "cell phone creepypasta").

Well, the good news is you're not alone. There are tons of people who got creepy phone calls. And chances are, theirs have been just as bad if not worse. Several Reddit users shared their tales of the creepiest phone calls they've ever had over the years. These are the phone calls that have kept people up at night for weeks or even years. Were they real people? Ghosts? Versions of people from a parallel dimension? We'll never know - but it sure is creepy to think about. 

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  • Mysterious Calls Of Hellish Static

    "A few years ago my brother would get a call on his cellphone around 2-3 am every night. He would answer and it was this hellish sounding noise. Like static mixed with screams. He changed his cell number after a month of this and it stopped.

    Then after a week or so it began again. The exact same noise. Exact same time. Finally one day he decided to back dial the call. It was an old man that had no clue what he was talking about. Still the calls persisted. If he didn't answer, it would call a few more times. No messages were left.

    He decided to say screw it. Ended his contract with his phone company, switched to a new one, and then got another new number. You guessed it, the screaming static calls continued after a short delay. By this time he was terrified every night. Unsure why this was happening, he back-dialed the number again and got a different person.

    Around this time he lost his job and his phone. The calls stopped of course. His phone was disconnected now. So one day my mom asks me to listen to this weird message she got on our home phone.

    It was the static screaming. We showed my brother and he was freaking out. He back-dialed the number again and it said the number was disconnected this time. Never heard from it again after that."

  • A Mysterious Caller Leads To Repressed Memories

    "When my sister was young, my parents got her a personal 'phone' - a landline so that she could feel 'special.' Yes, she was extra spoiled.

    It was a pre-paid landline though, so basically no one could call in or out if she ran out of credit, much like a mobile phone. Anyway, every night at 3 am her phone would ring. She said there was a man on the other line, and she would get really scared and come running to my room. It escalated to the point that I asked her to please disconnect her phone before going to sleep because it was becoming extremely annoying to get woken up every single night by this 'person' that called her. Eventually she just got rid of the phone.

    A few years ago we were talking about it, and she confessed that her phone continued to ring even after she disconnected it, which is why she said she didn't want it anymore. She has no recollection of what the person on the other end was saying, or maybe she's just completely blocked it out."

  • A Dead Man Calls To Say Hello

    "About a couple weeks after I was born my dad's best friend, Jim, died. They were really close, and one of the last things he wanted was to hold little me before he passed. His wish was filled, and some short time after that he was gone.

    Fast forward seven years. I'm now a happy 7-year-old with a 5-year-old brother and recently born sister. One day the phone rings, and with my mom out and dad in the washroom I thought it was going to be ignored as we kids were still too young to answer the phone (no call display, we didn't know if there would be a stranger). But my brother broke the rules and answered. 'Hello?'

    At this point my dad is out of the washroom and is asking my brother to hand him the phone. He ignores him and keeps listening to whoever is speaking. Before my dad could ask a second time my brother hangs up, looks at him and says, 'Jim says hi, and he misses SkywingNova,' then goes back to playing. The look of shock my dad had is what I remember most about this."

  • Calls For A Mysterious Woman End In Death

    "When I was a child we would frequently get calls for a woman named Tanya. Didn't seem like a big deal, she had the same last name as us, although it's quite a common one around here.

    When we moved across the city and phone books stopped being the go-to for finding somebody's number, the calls for Tanya gradually stopped. Those days seemed to have ended and we carried on, forgetting about the mysterious Tanya.

    It was about four years ago that she popped up in our lives again.

    I was driving home from work one afternoon and was greeted by a pretty grisly car wreck at the turn to my house - two cars had collided and one had wrapped itself around the signage pole that had house numbers and directions on it, one of which was my house number.

    Several days later we get a call from the police. They asked if Tanya was at this residence. Her car was found wrapped around a pole - down the street from my house - and she was nowhere to be found at the accident site.

    Haven't heard anything about her since."

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