The harassing phone calls started a month ago and don't look like they have a pattern. Sometimes they're in the early morning. Sometimes in the evening around dinnertime. Sometimes late at night. All around the clock. The phone calls themselves varied in theme. Sometimes they were just hangups (many in a row). Sometimes they were heavy breathing. Alot of the time, they were grunting noises and snickering. It isn't anything I didn't do or get growing up, but this guy was persistent.
After the harassment started, I called my phone company (Verizon) and got callerid installed. They took a week to install it, and in the mean time, I bided my time reading about anonymous call blocking. Once I had callerid set up, I set it to block all calls that didn't disclose their number, and the harassment slowed down a bit but not all together. I was still getting phone calls from (214)848-9736 and (214)848-9738, which look like a couple payphones in Texas. I read some more about ACR (anonymous call rejection) and they say payphones are in a different class with international calls which can't be blocked as easily. If anyone knows how, then please tell me.
I don't know where the idiot got my info, since I've been careful with it after taking down my resume and things in November. That's what makes me wonder if it's some kid pulling my number out of the phonebook or dialing randomly, or whether it's someone with a real grudge. If it's one of you guys, then I hope you got a big laugh out of yanking my chain for a month. If you don't like me, then moderate my comments down. Don't harass me in real life. (I only bring it up because I'm almost sure one of the calls said something about "mojo," though my ears could have deceived me and it said "mofo." I don't know what to think anymore.)
I have talked to some friends who are in law enforcement, and they advised me to seek a "harassment restraining order, where I fill out some forms and get the courts to restrain the idiot who's harassing me. I have been taking notes of the harassing phone calls like the experts suggest, and I think I have enough to write an affidavit. One of my friends suggested calling the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, since they deal with phone harassment of their clients alot and I'm not far from their offices. But should I call the police myselves?
Has anyone done this stuff successfully? Do you have any tips to share? How can I stop an anonymous harasser from another state?
Note: Originally I posted this as a diary entry, but I have decided to post it as a full article in the hope of more complete advice.