A 34-year-old mum who swapped lines from BT to Virgin Media was somewhat shocked to find her new phone number besieged by chaps demanding to speak to "the young nympho", the Sun reports.
Youth worker Rachel Collick made the switch on 2 July at her Plymouth home, and is now enjoying around six calls a day from horny punters. She explained: "It started almost immediately. It's always men and after I say hello they say something about talking to the nymphomaniac. I presume they expect me to talk dirty.
"Instead, I point out it's a wrong number and they get flustered. One said, 'Oh sorry' and hung up. The funny thing is the line's with Virgin, yet these callers think I'm anything but!"
Among the misdirected callers was one bloke who "asked to talk to the 'nympho' because he was 'single' and wanted a 'chat'". Another requested a chinwag with "Big Susie", while one enraged wife "dialled Rachel, yelling abuse and accusing her of being 'Kylie' and 'having cybersex with my husband'".
Collick's kids have also been on the receiving end of the heavy-breathing brigade. She recounted: "The other day my daughter came up and said, 'There's a strange man on the phone'. I can't believe she had to talk to a pervert. I can only assume there is a sex phoneline card somewhere with my number on."
Virgin apparently offered Collick a new number which she declined since she "doesn't want to change again". A Virgin spokeswoman described the whole business as "bizarre", admitting: "I've seen nothing like it. We'll send an engineer."
Collick is just the latest case in a mini-spate of unexpectedly entertaining new number allocations. Earlier this month, UCLA student Shira Barlow inherited Paris Hilton's old mobile number. Among her new friends was one woman who demanded: "Oh my God. Where's the party?", and a smooth operator who "purred" in a foreign accent: "Baby girl, how are you?" ®
Ms Collick got in touch to say: "These comments [see below] are interesting just would like to point out that Virgin could not get our account number up and that is why we never changed numbers." So now you know.