California woman who has Elon Musk's old number is responding to his messages

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Lyndsay Tucker, 25, works at a Sephora beauty store in San Jose, Calif., and had never heard of Musk until two years ago, when she started receiving phone calls and messages directed for him, NPR reported.

"I asked my mom, 'Hey, I keep getting these text messages' — and I was also now starting to get phone calls — 'for this guy Elon Musk. I don't know who this is,' " Tucker told NPR. "And my mom's jaw just dropped."


Her cellphone number reportedly used to be registered to Musk, and she receives at least three calls or texts per day intended for the tech entrepreneur, whom she has never met.

Tucker told NPR she has received interesting messages, including one woman who volunteered to go to space with SpaceX and another person who sent a blueprint for a bionic limb.

She said she receives amplified calls and messages when Musk garners viral attention in the media, such as the recent lawsuit against Alameda County that Tesla filed due to the county disallowing Tesla's Fremont factory to resume work under pandemic restrictions.

"Whenever I see his name pop up in the news, I'm like, 'OK, I have to actually learn what he said because, chances are, someone is going to message me about it or call me about it,'" Tucker tells NPR. "Even though I find it funny most of the time, it does get irritating sometimes when it's like call after call after call."

NPR contacted Musk to ask if he knew about who had his old phone number.

"Wow," Musk replied in an email. "That number is so old! I'm surprised it's still out there somewhere."

Tucker said she often has to over-explain to people that she is not Musk because some contacts don't believe her.

She added that she plans to keep the number because she is an aspiring actress and said the number could offer her a network of additional contacts.