Getting calls from your own number?

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It’s like a scene out of a strange sci-fi movie. You get a call, look at the caller ID, and see that your own number is calling. Weird! No, this isn’t an alternate reality where your future self is calling the present you. It’s a scammer making an illegal robocall

Technology makes it easy for scammers to fake or “spoof” caller ID information. They can make it look like they’re calling from a different place or phone number. Even your number. Scammers use this trick as a way to get around call-blocking and hide from law enforcement. They hope you’ll be curious enough to pick up. Don’t fall for it.

The real callers could be calling from anywhere in the world. We’ve written about these kinds of tricks before — like when scammers pretended to be the IRS and faked caller ID so people thought it really was the IRS calling.

Bottom line? These calls from your own number are illegal. Don’t pick up — or press buttons to be taken off the call list or to talk to a live person. That just leads to more calls. It’s best to ignore them, and move on with your day. Maybe watch a really good sci-fi movie.

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But please, when is enforcement of existing laws going to happen? These calls arrive at phones owned by older people. When are protections going to extend to them? Please put an end to this nonsense, warnings are not action.

There are but one doesn't know how to go about it and if it is hidden it is harder to persue

We have call display on our main phone but not on extensions and sometimes I have to answer on them; later when I check the main phone I see it is our own #. Very frustrating!

Pursue*

I got 4 missed calls from (956) 240-2682 (972) 302-1936 (215) 219-2327 and (814) 329-2327 i want to found out why 4 phone numbers called me

Omg. You guys have no idea. I have been dealing with the with these disturbing chain of events that began over a year ago. And I have witnessed events I previously thought only God can do. Going insane, yet I know who it was since it involved a chain of events and a personal relationship, yet strange, to a rivalry, and a timeline of when everything occurs, it still took significant research and 24 hours of my time connect what's going on, and why I became a target, what I did to deserve the causation, to who was behind all of it. Unfortunately I was underestimated his capability, and angered this person. I have lost access to all five of my email accounts, all forwarded to one, so I couldn't tell which was and when. I just requested my phone carrier to send me a year of my phone records and found hundreds of these phone messages, some of which I had 50 minute conversations with, I don't ever recall. I would know and be suspicious having a 50 minute conversation with my own number. His had control over MY entire phone, email, and recently my entire America in my laptop vanished, overnight. And, I lost my administrative right, could not make any changes to my computer. One time, because law enforcement refuse to listen, I called a disability advocate and every time I was to leave a message, the phone shut off. Then I used my landline, the same thing. I went insane, even a week later, from that device or location could not call to disability advocate. Finally I went to another location, and used a new device. Got through. I think I even shut off the old device and got through. So it's your router too. I have screen shots of 5000 of these events, and my screenshots started missing, I implemented insignificant external means , because my iCloud was compromised, and all deleted, my apple oF was suspended. Ucla confirmed email compromised, Microsoft suspended my gmail account, I notice unusual emails and what are the odds, that an email he opened up for me under the company age-international, cause he assumed I would work with them scam artists, and sent me a 200 page brochure to read vansihes. I opened it, but wasn't interested in working with it, I was interested in a possible job offer, Im. dubai, and he got Jelouse and Wierd and tried all hard to say IT was a lie and immediately opened up that email. My emails all save for years. When I noticed this, I searched for IT, gone. And I blocked him for several months, so that explains the numbers. Again would never talk to myself for 50 min, so that must be someone else. And it's scary, because I knew something was wrong, I suddenly haven't been getting calls. How sad. I noticed I was blacklisted, so my I DO provided is establishing an entire new ip, modem everything. I told her the story for like an hour. She was laughing and so was I. It's scary..

Oh my god i had same thing! Still happening. Nobody believes me. Police ... do nothing . Tonite i was calling my credit card company and i have never had to verify everything for years. They have my cell phone as my main number. When i asked the customer service rep why i had to verify it all, she said cause i am calling from a different number than what i usually do. Huh? Yes i was. She said im calling from a whole different area code. Near me but not mine. . So she checked it out and so did 3 managers. Noone has ever seen it before. So i called t mobile my carrier of 15 yrs. the couldnt explain this one either. Or my own cell phone calling me last yr.. they are having tech just it out and call me back and go from there. Im scared. Ive also been locked out of my computers and email password just changed 3 weeks ago. Had this email for yrs. what do i do?

Oh my god I been Going through this for the last three years my husband had an affair with a girl Kelly Stubblefield that works in telecommunications oh my God she was on everything of mine they were clowning my phones it was so bad I finally got a detective to listen but now I have to give him all the credit card information because this woman use my credit cards and I never seen the bills because my has been was pain I can tell you stories about all the telecommunications Friday went through

I am having a similar problem with TMobile. I believe there has been a breach, but they wont admit it. My old number is calling my contacts asking for money. I called Tmobile who I no longer have service with and they basically told me there is nothing they can do.

Ditto

Sorry bro

Reading your message!! Wow, I thought I was going crazy.. I wouldnt even dare tell all of the experiances ive had. And same thing. Pissed off the wrong person. Its almost impossible to find someone who believes me. Everyone looks at me like i'm a weirdo. I started wondering myself. Little things happen.Its like just enough for me to know but not enough to prove it. It can be scary. Like someone has invaded and taken over my life. I have never posted in a forum before but after reading the comments here, I felt like I needed to reply.

Sickofit! it just started happening to me today. I've had 3 different people call my cell phone saying my number showed up as calling them. I called AT&T (my carrier) and they know about it but there's nothing they can do at this time.

This has just happened to me twice this week already. We looked on the internet and it is a scam. Don't answer it, hopefully it will stop. People are so pathetic and useless.

Please omg same exact thing happened to me. Im awaiting a new phone. My question is did you change your phone number? HELP Im frightened this nightmare may happen agian. Thank GJ

My cell phone company told me to report it to IC3.gov. That was my only option. The rest say to not answer and eventually they will stop calling.

Hey
I just had a phone call from my own number and I answered and said hello. Please tell me if I am in for the same situations I see here

We had the weirdest thing happen. My husband gets a call and it shows my caller I'd. When he answers, it's a male voice that says they have kidnapped his wife,knew my name too, he wanted $ or they were going to kill me. Husband sent the $ as instructed. I didn't know anything about this. We filed a police report. We haven't seen anything about the case.

One of the problems is that the Do Not Call list, which works beautifully for legally operated phone centres, isn't something illegal scammers care about. You're right about the elderly. They are prime targets. We have my mother-in-law on the DNC list and that has cut down on a lot of calls but has had no effect on the scammers. It sucks...

1. Never give out your phone number to any business unless you need them to call you. Do not text them. That gives them your number automatically. 2. Only give your phone number to family and friends with instructions to not give it out to anyone else without your permission. And treat their numbers the same way. 3. Do not post your number on Facebook or any other site unless you are clearly using it as a business number. 4. Tell everyone about your experience so they can tell everyone they know about this. Tell them to Google this website.

What about all the legitimate places that have your name, address and phone number that then turn around and sell lists of such data to whomever wants them? That's been going on for years. Stores, agencies and what have you have been doing it and now you're telling people to be careful who they give that information to? Are you for real? It's too late already. This is what major corporations get hacked. Their information is already out there for anyone willing to buy it. It's why my parents (both deceased) still get mail addressed to them hawking junk. Those lists are still out there in circulation and no one ever asked if they could go ahead and sell it for a buck.

Ok, you got a weird call... Move on people. Your witness protection strategy about giving out your phone number is meaningless. There is always a way and a system will stumble on to your number. Stop being the guy that attacks a cashier for doing their job when they ask you for your number.

are u a telemarketer of some sort? People have a right to be concerned about this. With all the scams today & spoofing that goes on, people would like to know who a call is actually coming from.

Sounds like it

That's ExActLy Right! It's Our Right to find a Solution to these problems.

What an idiot when you get multiple,calls,text, and messages daily multiple times a day from telemarketers or the same scammers how do you just "move on" when you're being harassed.Not to mention as time goes by they get more elaborate and convincing, that prevention is better than risking being too naive.

I get that we have a new world of dishonesty, but I am tired of people calling me see why I called them when I have been no where near my phone. The next heinous crime that takes place can spoof your mug on the wanted poster. Let people call you out for your transgression regardless of where you were. No difference, a faked/stolen identity.

I do not appreciate being abruptly woken up at 5:30am by a telemarketer! The government needs to stop this illegal behavior and not just pass it on to the citizens to handle on their own. That phone call this morning scared me! My sleeping hours are only allowed to be interrupted by family members or an emergency!

set your "do not disturb" hours on your phone & mark family #'s as favorites so those calls will go thru no matter what time it is. This option has been a God send to me

It's phenomenally more complex than you seem to comprehend. It isn't "just getting a weird call". Wait until it scares the holy crap outta you and alters your entire life.

I guess you're a cashier.

the problem is that many of these scanners are using voi services which means they can not be traced and they can not be blocked. also many of them originate in other countries so passing a law in Canada would do nothing for those places.

You would think a governing body like the CRTC would get a little more involved with coming up with a solution to all this.

Something like if the caller ID number is not blocked and does not match the source number then the network should reject the call. Or if the caller ID contains an area code and/or prefix of the destination network when originating from outside the network. In other words set up some spam filters on the network.

I just got a call, I called Comcast to find out what to do. They said press *57 and it will have them trace the number, then you call your local police department and they can contact your phone carrier and start an investigation. Comcast can not give me the info, they can only deal with the Police department to catch these people. I'm going to contact my local PD and see just what they do and how serious they take it. If they do not take it serious then I will find a way to get someone who will. The caller was an heavy accent Indian, he said he was from a credit company trying to help lower my rates. This was after it was a recorded message. I clicked to talk to them so I could get info and tell them that this is highly illegal. He told me it was not but Comcast said it is a highly illegal but has to be dealt with the local police authority to have anything done.

When I answered they started on their spiel. I told them that they were a scam if they couldn't even identify themselves on caller ID. He hung up on me.

Whats creepy is that they called my cell phone from my "house" and then my work number while I was at work. Doesnt make me feel safe at all and very vulnerable. Why cant politicians make laws that protect citizens from this invasion of privacy?

Why do we always want "Big Brother" to handle every little nuisance in our lives? Don't we have enough laws and regulations that allow THEM to invade our privacy? Get a loud whistle and blow it their ears or better yet...just don't answer the phone! There is no law that requires you to!

Spot on! I do not answer any number that I do not recognize. Very occasionally it is actually a person I need to talk to but they leave a voicemail and I return the call at MY convenience. Some people, seems older people especially, feel compelled to answer every call.

Let's hope dear old mom isn't in some emergency and someone calls you to alert you on a number you don't recognize.

I am tired of getting about 10 spam calls per day on my business line. World wide company, so every call gets answered.

Oh, please stop with the right-wing too much regulation bull. I don't answer the phone when I see the number. That's not the point. When I'm eating dinner and have to get up to see it's a scammer, it's a nuisance. Or when I have to come in from outside....or when I have to interrupt my music practice....get it now?

Just because a phone is ringing doesn't mean you have to answer it. I know it's very compelling, but just ignore it. Everyone's got voicemail these days, let it be your shield.

Sounds so simple, but many of us have elderly parents & get legitimate URGENT calls from unknown local numbers frequently. In my case, it can be a nurse, paramedic, EMT, etc. I do not publish my cell phone number & only give it to family or care providers. Yet somehow scammers get it. Probably bought it from a Credit Bureau. You know those disgusting places that have all sorts if info about us & DO sell it to others! That SHOULD be illegal!

So when I see an unknown local number, I wonder if my father has fallen again. Is it a stroke? Is he bleeding from a fall. Last week's local mystery umber WAS a paramedic assisting Dad after a fall.

VOIP has opened a whole new can a worms. Now these disgusting scammers can easily hide behind spoofed numbers & it seems NO ONE can identify them!

These scammers are getting worse. I just got a call with a friend's contact info so I would answer the phone and after I said hi it was a recorded telemarketer. I looked at my phone and it said no caller ID. How do you block or report that?

^This

LOL

You are either sick... Are you have no elderly people in your house that you have to worry about

** From the info you posted It sounds like you are highly at risk of identity theft, you should consider locking your credit file with all three credit reporting agencies.

Jen....what did you find out if anything?????

And yet the government seems to be quite willing and able to collect personal information and gather data.

If they wanted to stop it they could.

I think you are right. Where there is a will, there is a way.

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