NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WFLA) – A New Port Richey woman had a major problem when someone inadvertently listed her phone number on a website advertising for dates.
Kathy Fustaino, 53, noticed a number of odd text messages coming to her cell phone asking for photos and prices.
“I started getting all these text messages asking ‘how much’ and from different area codes and different people I don’t even know,” she said.
Fustaino finally asked one of the messengers how they got her number.
“I said to one guy, ‘how did you get my number and who is this?’ He said ‘this is Chris, baby.’
“I don’t know a Chris and I said ‘how did you get this number. ‘ He said ‘from an ad…’ no, he said ‘BP.'”
That’s when she learned it had been listed on backpage.com. It appears the prefix of the ad’s phone number was originally listed as 207, which is Fustaino’s number.
The number was changed to the reflect the prefix 201 when we started researching the story. By late afternoon, the entire ad was removed.
Fustaino’s biggest complaint was that she couldn’t reach anyone with backpage.com to get the problem solved.
“If you’re putting in an ad for something like that, double check, triple check…you know. I’m a grandmother, it’s not me,” she said.
Fustaino said she received no less than 38 messages in less than 24 hours.
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