How to Annoy Someone Without Them Knowing: 17 Sly Tactics

Sometimes, people can be so irritating that getting revenge becomes the only logical next step one can take. After all, what better way is there to teach someone a lesson than to give them a taste of their own medicine?

However, in order for your revenge to be truly sweet, it should be well thought out and sneaky, and I’m here to help with that. Whether you want to annoy a noisy neighbor, a rowdy sibling, or your boss, here’s how to do it without them realizing it is you.

1. Prank Calls

As simple as they might sound, good old prank calls can help you annoy someone like few other things can. Even more importantly, you can reach your goal without ever revealing your identity.

To that end, you can use a prank call app, which lets you record a message and send it to a number of your choice. Naturally, it does so from an unknown number, so the caller can never guess where the call that you recorded is coming from.

As for what the recording should sound like, it’s pretty much all up to you. So, you can go for scary, funny, or just downright irritating. As long as you know that your message will hit the mark, anything is fair game.

2. Send a Rude Delivery

Another similar option is to send your nemesis a package full of items they detest. You can have it delivered to their home or send it to their work to ensure some public humiliation.

The package you send can contain anything you want, from a confetti bomb to a pack of smelly fish. Here, you can get really creative, as the goal is to get under the person’s skin as much as possible.

Again, make sure not to include who the package is from so that they’re left wondering. Besides the items you send, you can also include a cheeky (or rude) note for better effect.

3. Leave Rude Notes

Does the person you want to annoy live or work near you? In that case, you can show your irritation via little notes that you’ll strategically place for your nemesis to find.

You can write about your feelings, say what bothers you, taunt them, or make fun of them. Yours is to decide how far you want to take it based on how annoying your target is.

Lastly, remember to change up your handwriting on the notes if the person can recognize it as yours. Otherwise, they’ll know it’s you, so the stunt will be more trouble than it’s worth.

4. Spam Email Campaign

If you’ve ever received spam emails — be it from random brands or from those to whom you’ve willingly given your contact info — you know how infuriating they can be. So, why not use this fact to prank someone?

It’s pretty simple, as all you need is their email. Your next step is finding random brands online and signing up to their sites with that email. The key is to use it as much as possible and to always opt to receive all updates from the site you’re dealing with.

If you want to take things to the next level, you can choose sites that deal with exclusively adult content. Don’t ask me how I know this, but nothing will surprise your nemesis more than receiving a bunch of those emails in the middle of their work presentation.

5. Give Away Their Number

Have you ever seen a flier advertising something and offering up a phone number anyone interested can call? Well, you can make one of them and use the number of the person you want to annoy.

The most important part is to advertise something that will really get people to call. You can write that they sell goods, offer classes for different subjects, or anything else you can think of.

Then, just print out the fliers, distribute them around town, and you’ll be good to go. One thing is for sure — the random and intermittent calls the person will get will surely drive them crazy.

6. Hide Their Belongings

In case you want to get back at an annoying coworker, hiding their belongings is a classic trick that works every time. You can easily do it around the office you share, and you’ll have a front-row seat for all the fun.

Now, it’s smart to hide smaller items that will greatly inconvenience them. These include anything they need for work, like stationery or personal items such as mugs or other drinkware.

And if you’re feeling like a real menace, you can hide their phone, laptop, or car keys. Just make sure not to take it so far you cause them actual problems outside of work (if that’s not what you want).

7. Use Itching Powder

Have you ever heard of itching powder? It’s just what it sounds like — a powdery chalk that causes itching when it touches one’s skin. The powder is completely harmless if you use it right, and it’s quite inexpensive to purchase. You can even find it on Amazon.

To prank someone with this and annoy them to no end, you just have to sprinkle some of the powder on their clothes. You can do it both if you live or work with someone. And if you want to infuriate your neighbor, you can also sprinkle some powder on their clean laundry if you can access it.

In any case, the key is to ensure the powder touches naked skin. As soon as it does, the itching will begin, and the person will never know it was you who caused it.

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8. Put Their Place up for Rent

This idea requires careful planning and extra sneakiness, but it is quite gratifying. Namely, you’ll have to snap some pics of your target’s home, make an ad, and include their number and any other necessary details. In no time, they’ll start receiving calls from potential buyers, and they’ll have no idea what hit them.

The key to succeeding when it comes to this idea is to make sure the ad can’t be traced to you. So, send it out from a new email, use a computer at a public library, and take any other precautions you can think of.

9. Send Them Annoying Texts

If you can purchase a burner phone or at least a spare SIM card, you can also annoy someone by sending them random texts. These texts can be silly, weird, or just downright mean.

In addition, you can send messages from time to time or barrage your target with a dozen at once. Granted, they always have the option to block the number. However, by the time they do, you’ll already have succeeded in annoying them.

If you’re looking for ideas, make sure to check out our article which provides 20 examples of texts you can send to annoy anyone who receives them.

10. Make Memes

For those who want to include others in their schemes, making offensive memes is one of the best options on this list. You can use a smartphone app or an online tool like the Meme Generator. All you have to do is choose some offensive meme format, use your target’s face on them, and spread it around.

This idea is especially useful in office settings, as it’s quite easy to spread memes without revealing their source. By doing that, you can get others to join in on the jokes, making the object of the prank even angrier.

11. Steal Their Mail

This particular option is perfect for those who want to annoy a neighbor. You simply have to keep an eye on their home and collect any mail you can get your hands on.

The key to not taking things too far is to return the mail at random times when its absence has already annoyed your neighbor. That’s especially the case with bills, as playing a little prank shouldn’t lead to someone being in trouble for missing a payment.

So, as long as you don’t take things too far, you’ll be able to have a great laugh with this idea.

12. Change Their Passwords

If you work in close quarters with someone or you want to irritate your roommate, this method will be perfect for you. It involves waiting until they leave their laptop unattended and changing their password.

Now, you have to be at least a little tech-savvy to pull off these types of shenanigans. Namely, you might have to hack their existing password or answer security questions.

For those of you targeting coworkers, you might be able to bribe the IT department to help you out. That way, you’ll get to take your plan to the next level and make it even more devious, even if you don’t know anything about hacking.

13. Send Annoying Gifts

A little earlier, I mentioned that sending someone an annoying package is one of the best ways to irritate them. Well, sending them a bunch of such packages is even better.

The best thing is that these deliveries do not have to be expensive at all. You can send out cardboard boxes full of trash or scrap paper, tree leaves, pet hair, or anything else that you can think of.

In this case, the weirder it gets, the better. And to make everything even more effective, send the packages out randomly, so the recipient never knows when they’ll get a new one.

14. Prank Them in the Kitchen

Do you share a kitchen with the person you want to annoy? In that case, there is a wide range of little things you can do to reach your goal. However, for them to work, it’s important that the two of you aren’t the only two people sharing that kitchen. Thus, this option is more suitable for work environments where bigger groups use the same utilities.

How can you prank them, you might be wondering? For starters, you can steal little bits and pieces of their food or drink. Next, you can swap containers for salt and sugar, ensuring they either put sugar in their lunch or salt in their coffee. Plus, you can hide or misplace their Tupperware.

The options are truly endless, so yours is just to get as creative — and as mean — as you want.

15. Play Random Sounds

Few things can annoy people to the extent that random, high-pitched sounds playing in their close vicinity can. So, naturally, that is exactly what you should do to the person you want to infuriate.

Now, you can do this both to neighbors, roommates, and coworkers. Also, you can use your phone to find random sounds online or use something like the infamous AnnoyingPCB. The latter is a better choice, as you can easily hide it, and it cannot be traced back to you.

A bonus point you can include in a prank like this is to pretend you can’t hear any noise at all. Just look at the person like they’re imagining it, and a good prank will easily become great.

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16. Be Loud

Are your neighbors partying it up until the wee hours of the morning while you’re trying to sleep? In that case, getting sweet revenge will be just what you need to feel better again.

How can you do it? Well, simply play loud music early in the morning, just when they finally lie down to sleep. Alternatively, you can vacuum, use your blender, or just generally make a lot of noise. Whatever you do, though, make sure it’s during daytime hours so your other neighbors cannot get mad at you.

It’s important to note that this option won’t let you stay anonymous. However, sometimes, there is satisfaction in annoying someone and having them know that it was you.

17. Use Gum

Last but not least, here is the pettiest option of them all. Take some gum, chew it for a minute or two, and then place it on your target’s chair. Also, try to make it as inconspicuous as possible so they don’t notice it.

Then, all you have to do is wait for them to realize they sat on the gum. Their pants will likely be ruined, and they’ll become everyone’s favorite topic of conversation for the day.

To Conclude

And there you have it — the best ways to annoy someone without them knowing. Hopefully, these ideas help you plan the perfect prank or revenge plot. In the end, it is all up to your creativity and the character of your target. Think about what would annoy them the most, work it into one of the options above, and watch as they shake with annoyance!

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