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

maybe a lot of ppl want to talk to you!

Google the #, if others have received same calls there is a database where you can file complaint, found if they are scammers, etc...

If you suddenly get calls from random numbers when you are expecting none then it is almost always spammers or hackers. Never answer them, if it is real then they will leave a message. No message means spammer or scammer. Also, do not answer blocked id calls.

Google or put the number into the search on Facebook or Twitter as well. Not sure about Instagram. I run a business and sometimes I want to see who called me before I decide to return the call.

My full name showed up but not with my number. My name with 0000000000 is what shows up???

I've gotten a bunch of random calls before like New York, California, Russia, etc. Since I had no idea who they were I never answered.

I don't know why but, my cell phone called my home phone like 4 times so I answered it the last time and it was talking about I have an expired account for Microsoft and i don't even use Microsoft!

That is a known scam and Microsoft is aware of it. My mom just got one of those calls yesterday. I used to get calls from fake Dell tech support once a month saying my computer had a virus. I stopped answering.

Yes, I got this call from my own number today 3 times. With my name and the correct number showing. I finally answered one and it was a robocall from "Microsoft". I hung up and haven't answered again.

They have phone numbers on a Robo list. So even if you block a call they just use the next number on their Robo.

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.

That happens to me occasionally and I just change my password. That has worked so far.

Oh wow! I've noticed and suspected so many things for a couple years now. I have not been able to pin point it all and neither has my carrier. My ex purchased the phones. And ever since that, all weird. So frustrating

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.

I did answer it not realizing it was a call coming from my own number. I didn't press anything and just hung up after I realized the caller ID said it was calling from my own number. Should I be worried?

I just had two phone calls from my own number. I picked up, no one answered.

Are you getting the phone call on the same phone? My elderly mother got a phone call from her landline to her cell phone this evening. Very weird.

I just got back-to-back calls from myself too (on iPhone)... Didn't answer. Have never seen that before. Seemed pretty weird.

It just happened to me and I thought I was in the twilight zone lol I picked up and stayed silent. Didn’t hear anything and they hung up.

Same thing happened to me. I've been getting a ton of calls from the same area code. The phone number itself is always different. This time though, it was my own phone calling me. It's a pain because it's always a variable number. There REALLY needs to be a way to block all AREA codes. This way you can selectively allow numbers, and block all others within that area code (which for me again, is always the same)

I did answer mine from my own number...didn't have my glasses on to see it was me calling, seriously? I even pressed #1 like asked...then music on hold and I hung up immediately. I hope there are no repercussions. Who and what kind of people do crap like this??? I'm sick of it.

same here, Jennylynn. We got calls from our own phone number so many times in a row that we actually lost count. The calls were maybe 2 minutes apart. This was 2 days ago. I mean the phone was ringing off the hook for HOURS. And we didn't answer any of the calls yet our phone line was tied up for hours with repeated calls from own own number

You say that you've gotten a call from yourself twice this week? I got two calls "from myself" this afternoon in the space of 15 minutes!

They were robocalls from "Microsoft" that said that my IP address, technology key (whatever that is) and business licence have been hacked or compromised or something like that.

I only listened that long because it verified itself as BS when it mentioned my nonexistent business. I don't know what the "technology" thing is and I honestly don't really know what an IP address is other than having something to do with the internet (and it's working just fine). So I don't know how it ultimately was trying to screw me over (by pushing some button or entering some kind of number or calling some number).

I started getting the same calls every hour or so today. How do you stop it???

I received two calls today from my landline to my landline. The first one woke me up and immediately plunged me into a deep sadness, because it's still listed under my Dad's name, but he died... So I almost woke up in shock, you know!?!? That was this morning. Then I received the call again just a little while ago; I answered and said, "Hello."

Of course, it was a robocall... Telling me that my ISP had been hacked by people in multiple countries and that it needed to be shut down, etc. I hung up so fast and almost threw the phone away from me because my first thought was that it ACTUALLY could've happened. I received a breach attempt alert a couple of weekends ago, but then I took a deep breath and searched here, like I usually do.

Oh, and it broke my heart to do it because I felt like I was blocking my Dad, but I blocked our phone number so that no one else could answer it and fall into those sleazy scanners' trap.

This has been happening to me for weeks. It's the "Your Microsoft is being hacked" scheme.

The phone company said they can't do anything about it. This morning the call came at 6 a.m.!! The ID showed my name and number. I didn't answer, as usual. But since then, this has been happening nearly every half hour!!

So, I put my own phone number on my call block list and will see if that works. I don't know if it will work because the call block system may simply read the actual number the call is coming from, rather than the fake ID and number that's being shown on my screen. But I don't know what else to try!

I received a call today from "myself" and was told by my phone carrier to report it to the FTC and FCC. Well they are closed due to the government shut down but if anyone did report this did anything help? This is a business phone and now my number and name are being used to call who knows who about who knows what and honestly this is 2019 can't someone do something about this? If this isn't the worst kind of identity theft I don't know what is as people everywhere now have my name and phone number.

Today I've received 7 calls so far and it's only 3:30p from my phone number. <---not good English, sorry. I finally blocked it. But it still rings once. Makes me crazy.

What happened when you blocked your own number? That’s how I deal with robocalls and telemarketers, but wondered if it would mess up my phone.

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

i just received a call from my own phone number. When i look at call details, the the area code and phone number is preceded by "001" and is listed twice in a long string, i.e., 001xxx-xxxx001xxx-xxxx.

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.

I wonder.. are any of you politically involved? I ask because this just happened to myself and my husband, this morning. I also noticed some things on my computer have either come up missing or moved. We are politically involved.

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.

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