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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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...

caller don't give up until you answer the call, and keep on calling with different number name and number. called with my own number few time

Recently an incoming call on cell which displayed all 0's -- of course I didn't answer. Assume a robocall, hopefully not hacking my contacts!

It's happened to me!

Have been getting spam emails from my own email address even after changing password numerous times. Weird reporting to spoof@paypall that my own email address is spamming me.

I get these all the time. The first one I got it really spooked me. I thought someone was in the house. I never pick them up. I never pick any of the private, unknown or otherwise that I don't know. Makes me so angry that they can get away with it all.

thanks to caller id I don't pick up any call I do not pick up the phone however the scammers never give up and call time and time again at all hours

I push the button to speak with a person then when they answer I either blow a whistle as loud as I can or use the air horn right in the receiver. I don't get a call back. Well once I did they were complaining how the person on the phone went to an emergency clinic. I simply told them that if they call again they will get the same - but I found a louder horn. (why did they never call back)

lol!! too funny! I needed that after a frustrating day! I am now on the lookout for a loud horn!!

Go to a marine store and buy an air horn for boats. They are super loud and not expensive. The air is in a can. Wear ear plugs when you blow it in the phone. You will deafen the person on the other end.

Too funny! EXTRA funny, as I purchased a loud whistle from sporting goods store about 6 years ago and I keep it near me and my phone and I gave the longest, loudest blast I can give, right into the phone's receiver, then I hang up.

next time they call my # i am going to imitate their own ridiculous accent , and run them in some serious verbal circles .

Very, very, interesting. I learn something new everyday from the FTC. Thanks so much. Keep them coming.

As long as the gov continues to allow acceptions, like if you do business with a company even though you are on the do not call list. We will NEVER BE RID OF THESE SCAMS,No means no!

I get these all the time. Answered once but no one was on the other line so I hung up. Never again now that I know

In 2008-2013, I used an AT&T GoPhone that often called me from my own number. When I saw my own number displayed on my own Caller ID, after I had then answered the phone, the man who then picked up the line was my lover, Jonathan O'Keefe...or did he just sound like him?! I hung up on him, and he and I soon broke up! Now I'm constantly hearing the ambient voices of people spying on me, but I already was, since 1986!

These robocalls continue and continue - now they've changed their i.d. (at times) - they now call themselves "service calls" or "toll free caller". I don't even answer my land line anymore unless the number calling leaves a call back message. I'd like to just mute my phone and I may!

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