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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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.

Received one of these calls. Did not answer. Put it in call block. Does not affect your sending or receiving calls. Simple fix until they use a different number, then will block it. Have stopped 99% of these scam calls. There are times I just love having fun with these A H...S Makes my day to tick them off... then block them. Forget any agency ever doing anything to stop them... Do Not Call List is a big joke.. do not waste your time.

You are seriously mistaken if you think ANY kind of officials can stop these threats. The only way to make sure they don't scam you is to educate yourself. They cannot be stopped. You must protect your assets.

The communication companies make money off these spam artist. And they don't care if the elderly gets ripped off, just as long as they get the bill payments. Technology has improved that they know who is calling without a 3 min. trace of olden days. Computers kick out a card of who is calling and they know the numbers by the main number on the billing.

It's illegal. The laws prevent criminals from calling. And if the laws don't stop the really tough criminals then all we need are really tough laws. We'll let the gun control idiots handle it because nothing stops a criminal like a REALLY stern paragraph.

A big part of this problem is due to the fact that Apple and Android market these fake call / text apps at NO cost!!! They are available for anyone at anytime. ANYONE can decide to hack, scam, threaten and harass at any time. THIS HAS GOT TO STOP!! It makes no sense that two of the biggest players in the market promote scam apps like such.

Geez, I am so glad that we have the Federal Trade Commission out there providing us valuable information on how to get rid of annoying robocalls like this by not answering them. I feel so much better now knowing that we spend billions every year on the FTC doing such a great job for the consumer!

You'll find a list of FTC enforcement actions against entities that don't abide by the Do Not Call Registry on FTC.gov.

the same thing happened to me again and again....how frustrating and totally annoying....

How can they possibly call my cell phone from my cell phone? How can we get this to stop!!!

I got them so I blocked my own number and now I do they calls from my own number that someone is spoofing. Hope this will help

I agree.... Seniors and the special needs people are the most vulnerable...lets not forget our teens! This kind of crap has to stop!

The problem is that these scamming pathetic scums of the earth are usually doing this OUTSIDE the US where the laws are different, in countries where spoofing is legal or there's just nothing about or against it. So there's absolutely nothing that can be done about it except to be aware that it happens and not to fall for it.
It sucks, yeah. But what do you expect the US government or law enforcement to do to someone in say Pakistan or something?

Most scammers of every kind are making calls from a country where there is no extradition tray between that country and the US. Law enor cement knows or can find out who and where the calls are being made, but can't act!!!!

Sir it is not in the best interest of big communication companies to have a strong signal come to households for free. It does not take a lot to proof that a weak signal is being send out . Your local government is aware of the problem but enjoys the kick backs of being silent. People do not matter to the greedy.

Yours is a excellent service, thank you for your effort but there has to be a technical way to stop all this garbage. Thanks again.

Agreed, I do appreciate the alerts, especially the way they are crafted, but the problem will continue as long as it is cheap and easy to make these calls.

Finally an answer from getting a phone call from myself.next time i will not pick it up,till it stops ringing,then maybe i will not receive a new round of calls with crazy numbers,that i ignore,but are a nuisance,i am on the do not call list,an my dispute that i was with from a scammer that i charged to my credit card,they the credit card bank can not get me,cause i am blocked but these jerks can.WHEN IS ALL THIS CRAP GONNA END.

I get these frequently and this is what I do. Before answering, I use one of my stockpile of obnoxious, colorful responses that never allow the caller to get in a single word. My comments are of a blue nature and are unworthy of printing here. But they are amusing!

Don't waste your time thinking that they hear you. they just make the calls, no one answere.

Oh yes, they can hear you if you press 1....I pressed 1 and someone with a foreign accent answered saying, 'accounts services' and I gave him a real blast by saying, 'Do not ever phone me again using my phone number!!' He hung up very quickly! I heard the click!

I did the same thing, I screamed at them like a crazy person. Since then, I have had one call but it quit ringing after 2 rings. Also, they like to pretend that they are Air Canada, West Jet and Canadian Tire with 999 points, or air miles or travel points. Lol Beware.

Your number will be shared since the phone was picked up. Better not to answer at all

I got a call from them today, i pressed one, i gave them the impression that i am interested of what he had to say then asked: what is your company's name? He hanged up righy away.

I got quite a few of these calls, They asked for Shirley Hunsberger, and I told them they called Renee Allison and my caller Id showed Renee Allison they quickly said that's ok we can lower your credit card finance charges. When I asked more questions they hung up.

My opinion - best not to answer calls from an unfamiliar name or number. If a call is "legitimate," the caller would normally leave a voicemail message. If a voicemail is not from someone you know, don't make a return call to number provided, and just delete the voicemail message.

Yes, this has happened several times!

I would contend that the FTC, FCC and law enforcement Cyber IT experts would get a better handle on this. I live in a state in which out of state telecommunications companies are registered which makes residents ig the state mist vulnerable.

406-532-5591 I got a call from this number and when I googled it, it says from some foreign country

I have a tax and accounting business. A scammer was using my business phone number to robocall people for about six weeks. What a nightmare! Fortunately a few people called the number back to tell the robocaller to knock it off and I was able to say "It's not me!!" Who knows how many potential clients I lost through that little scheme though.

This happened with my business number also. I had to change my number because many business contacts were called by my number and they thought it was my business calling and harassing them. Very frustrating it was my business number for 10 years.

I've gotten to where I don't pick up the phone unless it's from someone I know! Signing up on the 'no call list' has meant I've been inundated by spam calls ... at least one a day. There ought to be a way to stop these calls forever!!!

I have been getting these calls for a few months - I don't know why, but I have never answered one. Sounds like I did the right thing. I will continue to ignore them. Thank you for the information!

i have a question. it seems lately i get more calls that we don't answer any more. when my answer machine picks up these calls don' knowthe difference. should we shut our answering machine off?

Good question I do not answer but my answer machine does no message is left. What to do? Turn off my answering machine? Seriously this is absurd!

Thanks for your alertness & God bless Truly RS

I have received these types of calls on a number of occasions and did not answer them.

we have the technology to stop these illegal, annoying and in many cases criminal thief callers.......telcom providers make millions off these scum...that's why they do nothing to stop them. Simple algorithm cross matched database programs could dramatically curtail this activity. Throwing in a few actual prison terms instead of fines, would also help.

I don't think jailtime is a deterrent for these scumbags since they so rarely get caught. I bet there is a sense of "it won't happen to me" going on with them. That being said I would feel pretty good if I saw one of the scammers being sent to the poke for 15 years. Telecom companies should be investigated for aiding and abetting these crimes too!

I think the phone companies make money too and that's why they don't stop this.

How would the phone company make money from this?

They don't. There is no revenue gained by phone companies by generated spoof calls. The CRTC is responsible for the regulation of phone services however, they're far more concerned with lining their own pockets, crippling local phone companies and ultimately having the consumer pay the price both financially and peace of mind by not regulating phone scams. They serve zero purpose for consumers within Canada.

Yes. there is a revenue stream. Frontier told me I could purchase a call blocking service for a monthly fee. Instead, I solved the problem by cancelling my landline. (Not a solution for everyone -- I know, I know!.)

I get these scam calls on my cell phone too. Mostly "Tech support" or "The Windows Team" calling to try to mess with my computer, but also fake calls from the IRS, Nigerian Scammers, and the "you have won a free trip to X" calls. Its a real pain since I have an old plan with finite minutes. Only thing worse than unsolicited calls is to have them on a phone where it costs you $ to answer.

Why should scammers stop making these illegal robo-calls? There is no incentive for them to do it. There is no real defense against these kinds of call because the telecom companies do not want to invest in the technology. Law enforcement takes years to prosecute if they are able to catch the scammers. There is no real cost for the scammer to make these calls and from their perspective- no consequences. Until there is a high cost to conduct these calls expect "Rachel from Card Services" to call you AGAIN soon. Tom's right; warnings are not action.

hi, somebody, thanks a lot infact I like this institution called FTC. again I will like to be educate, i mean to know about clicksure, getresponds., bforest.,beeoption, and,so on are they real,or scam?
I will like to know. best regards,tripletrinity

Before you sign up with any company, check with your state Attorney General's office. Ask if there are complaints about the company. Check with the Attorney General in the state where the business is based. You can also search online to see what other people say about a company. Type the company name plus the word "reviews" or "complaints" into your search engine.

Read this FTC article about Starting an Internet Business. Most new internet businesses take a lot of time and money, and many of them fail. For most people, the promises about earning a lot are only a dream.

I get these calls all the time and over a now 4 year period and have moved 5 times they still call no one ever speaks english and they all say they are from FBI or other law agency. have tracked the calls to one company loan usa.net for a loan i know nothing of.I understand it is not legal and i dont know how to do something about it.

Thank you. I was wondering about that...

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