As far as I remember, the Hollywood standard for entering a phone number into a movie or TV show was to give it the fake "555" prefix. The industry desperately wants to prevent innocent number holders from receiving unwanted calls. In the rare cases where a valid number is lost, the consequences can be dire for the owner.
In South Korea, the use of dummy numbers in a movie or show is a bit different. Instead of using 555, the country has a directory of unused phone numbers. The currently popular show on Netflix called Squid Game was snubbed with one of these fake phone numbers. Now a South Korean woman can't keep her phone charged because she receives thousands of calls and texts daily from viewers of the Netflix original.
"After the Squid airs, I get constant calls and texts, 24/7, as long as it's hard for me to go about my daily life," the anonymous woman told Korea's Money Today.
He clarified that he has had more than one phone number from over 10 years ago and cannot change it because he uses it to communicate with clients at work. Since the show aired on September 17, it has "deleted" (banned) more than 4,000 callers. The woman said my phone battery is dead and it is turning off.
"The stress of constant annoying calls is driving me crazy." This unknown person said. Reuters asked Netflix if it would compensate the owner of the phone number, but it declined to comment. She also stated that she was offered 1 million won ($839) in compensation but she did not accept it and was later offered up to 5 million won ($4,196). However, Reuters did not say whether Netflix Korea or any other entity was compensated.
A Korean woman rings on the phone because of a wrong phone number in the Netflix series 'Squid Game'