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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My family is on all 3 national do not call registeries, as well as phone provider's (att) list. This past year, the number of robo call has increased by a million fold. Where as prior we would get maybe a dozen spam calls a year, now that is how many we get in a day. Not answering doesn't help. With as many calls as we're getting on both our cells and land line, you'd think we owed someone money, but we don't.

My favorite thing to do now is pick up the phone, and just not say anything.

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?

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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?????

They can be both traced and blocked. VoIP is actually easier to track than a mobile phone.

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.

Absolutely, I'm just surprised the government doesn't mind these scammers muscling in on their territory.

Received a call as well. Ignore and if available add to your phone's blocked call list.

I just received one if these calls from my own number supposedly, It was something about credit, I pressed 9 and got a live person. I gave the loser a good cussing and threatened him. He proceeded to cuss back at me and then hung up. I can guarantee that if I ever get another call like this and can find out who it is, I will put that person in the hospital for a very long time! Enough of this BS!

Bad idea! If these criminals get pissed off they can use YOUR NUMBER for all the illegal calls they make. Then you will get NON-STOP harrassing calls from other people asking why you are calling them and trying to scam them.
Best advice - DO NOT ANSWER these calls.

Yah I got one of those calls too, did not answer but did call my provider and they said it was internet generated for scammer's, marketer's and so on. Asked her if I needed to be concerned she said probably not. Well when my July bill came out I had $2300 bill for international calls, 9 of them, when I wasn't even home during the time the calls were made. But my provider AT&T says the calls were made from my house. No they weren't so now they took my feature's off my phone, which was unlimited calling and all them extra feature's. I have been paying my regular each month like I always do, I have been with AT&T for almost 20 years they took over Southern bell which I was with for several years also. I told them to look up my history and doesn't seem to matter to them. They want their money. This is consumer fraud and they seem to be in Ka hoot's with the international company

You can contact your state and local consumer protection agencies to see if they can help you resolve this dispute with the phone carrier.

Give me a break, you expect politicians to help when they are most often the abuser when running for office?

You are so on the money. Have been getting hit by campaign recordings for two months. Man up and let me tell you I don't appreciate your invasion of my privacy and no I'm not voting for you!

The DCNR specifically exempts political calls. So under thew law, that is not abuse.

This happened to me years ago when I had dial-up on my computer. Had about 15 charges for porn websites (some out the country) all in the middle of the night. I know it wasn't my kids because I had parental controls set, my husband doesn't know how to use a computer and it sure as heck wasn't me. Called Verizon and they said the charges were from outside billing so I had to contact them directly. All but two were taken off with no problem. The two from a different biller were a problem even though I emailed them a story about how this could be done. Luckily never happened again but did get a call from my own number recently. Keeping a close eye on my phone bill.

I agree with you completely, and the government and phone companies know everything else so why can't they do something? Maybe they are not smart enough

I got a fraud credit call too. I pressed 9 and asked them to take me off their list, and they just responded with asking how old I was. I preceded to tell them to take me off their list, this dialogue repeated about 5 times. I was speaking with someone who claimed to be Max Ross and another person appeared on the line who claimed to be Raymond Verbodi.

If you respond to an unwanted call by pressing buttons to be taken off the list, or talking with the person, that can lead to more unwanted calls. When you respond, that tells the caller the phone number is working, so they may keep calling you.

The worst part about all of this is I have been looking for my "big girl job" now that I have graduated. So I HAVE to answer the random numbers because they could be people calling about a job. So it's this catch 22 or missing an opportunity or being put on yet another list to be harassed.

I answered my own number out of pure confusion, and the guy started yelling and talking over me when I asked him why my own number showed up. He said because he was calling from an "automatic dialer," I'm sorry bro, that's not how those work.

They need to figure out a way to make these stop. There are days I get 10-15 calls a day from spammers. I've also gotten text messages! It's insane!

Just a bit of advice. Let future prospect employers leave a message. You can then listen to them, find the job description that you applied to and then call them back so you know what you are talking about and not sound lost. The scammers won't leave a message.

I just received one of those from my own number too, and it's not the first time. So I just added my own number to my block list. I don't know if it will work but I can't see why it wouldn't. And I can't think of anything it would mess up. It's definitely worth a try.

What happens when someone has used your cell phone to call others using a robocall. I have received a call back from someone receiving a call (not from me) telling me this happened. is there action I can take other than changing numbers?

If someone stole your cell phone and used it to make calls, contact your service provider.

If someone used your phone number to make scam calls, people might call you after they see your number come up on their caller ID.

There's no way to know how many calls a scammer will make using your number and how many return calls you'll get. If you continue to get calls and want to change your number, contact your service provider.

All the provider can do is change your network ID or phone number sadly. They can't see anything else I worked these type of calls for nearly 7 years on the cellular side for two different carriers...

I have received a few phone calls/voice mails from people I don't know upset that my phone number has called them (not me) when they are on the do not call list. I didn't call them. What should I do?

You can file a complaint with the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint under “Scams and Rip-offs” and then “Imposter Scams.”

A.T.T. Told me to call FTC and they couldn't help because caller number and my number were the same. They said FTC could look up number and handle the situation. Now the FTC is saying do not answer call? Is didn't need the FTC to tell me that!!! No help at all

I need to send my calls to another number.

3/4 of the calls I receive are either "cardholder services" or "microsoft repair". We need laws passed to require phone providers to institute a code that can be entered into a phone immediately after receiving one of these calls, which will cause it to store the call information into a database that is automatically passed to the law enforcement agencies. Additionally, the phone companies could automatically block these calls after enough are flagged, or pass them to a fake phone that would eat up as much time as possible, limiting how many other people they could bother.

I receive those same two calls and when I tell them not to call or ask fo a supervisor they tell me to go F myself, call me the B word then just call back. The one with Microsoft I ask about which computer has the problem and they say the one I'm on. However I don't have one lol. Go figure. I have called the police because they used a number that belonged to an older couple because I called it back. I felt bad for the couple, hoping they didn't give them info or money. And if they were using their number they can use mine. So I did file a report but nothing ever came of it as they could have called from anywhere in the world.

I've recently been a victim of something similar to this the only difference was that I called my college from my grandmother's phone number and it told me I was dialing from another number other then my grandma's. I wrote the phone number down and when I called it it was e colleges phone number. So be careful of that too because sometimes hackers will do this in order to gain access to pertinent info about you like account numbers and things. I think this is called tapping someone's phone, but unsure. Would KY police or FBI committ a crime like that for no reason?

I've tried so many things to stop the calls but nothing has worked. It's like a certain time of the month they just start rolling in. I've already received eight (8) calls the past 5 days, the last being from my own number. I'm going to start answering by repeating the message you get when a number has been disconnected to see if that will stop them; i.e. "Sorry, the number you have reached is no longer in service. If you feel you have received this message in error, please check the number and try your call again." This probably won't stop them either but I'm going to try it.

Because the scammers are keeping ahead of the authorities. It's a cat and mouse game.

But thank you, from an elderly person, for your concern. God bless you.

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