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.


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 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!

On 070715,"Rachel at Credit Card Services" Called today seeminly from Springfield, Ill(217-210-0347; on 070315, "Carmen from Credit Card Services) in Atlanta, GA (427-470-0574).[NON-EXISTANT NUMBER] I thought you claimed to have terminated these callers?

RE: "Credit Card Services" and "Card Holder Services" - I've not had a Credit Card since the end of 2011; will never have one again.

I've never had a credit card, and "Bridgette" from "Credit Card Services" has been calling my house for over a year

i am consistently getting these kind of scam calls. I read on a newsletter I may be able to be compensated 1000.00 per call from these compamies. Can you please confirm that and give me info to get started on that kind of claim.Thank you Mia

thank you for this service

Some one got my info from Google account & r using it & they got to my dad's info like cridit card information that they r ordering stuff online using my email so I need to close my email & create a new email but I need all my apps & phone numbers & all my pictures transfer to my new email ones I create a new one first please I need some one to help me.

Read this article about what to do if your email has been hacked. We also have an article about what to do if malware was installed.

If someone is mis-using your personal and financial information to buy things, contact the credit card company or bank and explain what happened. Go to for tips about what else to do to protect your credit report and respond to problems.

thanks for keeping us up to date on these *&^% scammers. I appreciate the's so hard to keep one step ahead of those *& people!

I just a received a e-mail threating me that they will sue me because I owe them money but I don't owe them any money, they are bothering even in the telephone. I am very uppset. I do't know what to do. Every I am receiving this call and e-mail. This Chris Watson is the name.

You can report problems you have with a debt collector to your state Attorney General’s office, the Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

If you know you don't owe money, you don't have to pay. It is against the law for someone to threaten you to try and make you pay.

If the caller keeps saying you owe money, tell him to send you proof of the debt in writing. A debt collector has to send a notice that tells how much you owe, who you owe money to and tells you about your rights.

What about calls from #s tha come up "private" on caller ID? Is that also a form of fake robos?

Doctors offices sometimes use private caller also, so you can't go by that

So do lawyers. I have a private cell with my number blocked that I use to call clients when I am not in my office. I don't want to be on call 24/7 which is exactly what would happen if my number were known. My advice for people who have to answer sometimes because of ill parents etc. is to have a different phone for those particular uses and only those uses. Never give that number for anything else. The second phone could be a cheap phone with no contract and limited minutes to save expenses. For all other calls on the primary phone follow this philosophy: Do not answer calls from unknown numbers. If it's legitimate, they will leave a message or call back. If it's not legitimate, you didn't want to talk to them anyway. Don't let your curiosity or anger tempt you to answer.

I have found it best to not answer any number that I do not recognize. I have also changed my voicemail to state that "due to the high number of political, survey, and scam phone calls I will not be answering any phone calls so please leave your name and number and I will determine if I am going to call you back" It works great!!

I did something similar. They rarely leave a message.

I am getting emails from "me" regarding FORD having a special clearance offer. What is the story regarding this? I have saved the email without opening it. Please Help.

I have gotten one call with my name and phone number, did not pick it up no message. Did you know that you have to register your phone with the Do not call list every year? Just found that out from the phone company. I am getting so tired of telemarketing calls and thank goodness for caller ID

Whoops --  your phone company made a mistake.

You don't have to register with Do Not Call every year, because telephone numbers on the Registry don’t expire. Once you register, your number stays on the list, unless:

  • you ask us to remove it
  • your number is disconnected and assigned to a new person

Go to to register a number, and read more about the National Do Not Call Registry.

Oddly, since I registered my cell phone on do ont call list, I have received MORE scam calls.

Wow! That's the best you can do FTC! "Maybe watch a good Sci-fi movie"? Come on. You're the FTC. Come up with a better strategy then that.

Well knowledge is our best defense and YES that is the best they can do. Honestly, the only way you can truly be scammed is if you allow yourself to be scammed. So the FTC posting warnings such as this is currently the best they can do. Finding these criminals is like finding a needle in a haystack. They are great at being untraceable sadly :(


If these calls are illegal, why is nothing done about them?

To date, the FTC has brought more than a hundred lawsuits against over 600 companies and individuals responsible for billions of illegal robocalls and other Do Not Call violations.

The FTC also is leading several initiatives to develop technology-based solutions. Learn more about what the FTC is doing here:

So they're illegal. What can be done?

I've had had this happen a few times. I did what you said, ignore them hasn't happened since.

Also, being registered on the "no-call" list is very frustrating because we still get calls all the time. I believe it is because callers have multiple numbers just to confuse the public.

Often, attempting to secure information directly regarding these companies will also cause fraudulent telephone number lookup companies to abuse the situation to spend money looking up the names and addresses of these companies.
The attempt to confront these bogus companies in a legal confrontation in a court action has caused a new bogus money scheme of obstructing justice unless you fork over excessive amounts to secure name and address of those assaulting your home per bogus phone solicitation and/or collection schemes. Don't fall for them either.

History repeats itself, to the younger people out there that don't understand do not call Registry's, this was a good intention about 20 years ago they set up a do not call registry for land lines, this was due to the extensive amount of scams telephone solicitors that would call at all hours in the same situation just a different time and place, don't even buy into the one they're telling you now after 45 years the lobbyist convince Congress who usually don't know what they're doing anyway to release all of those phone numbers listed on the do not call registry. So beware you know how our congressmen and lobbyist page of their off everything sounds good for today but a few years down the road after they've collected enough money that great idea that you signed up for has been sold out by the corrupt politicians the only way to take care of yourself is pay attention to your own skills. Stay away from anybody that you don't know telephone numbers you don't recognize if they won't leave a voicemail they're not worth talking to anyway good luck stay firm keep the faith.

Telephone numbers on the Do Not Call registry don't expire.

After you register your number, it stays registered unless:

  • you ask us to remove it
  • the number is disconnected and assigned to a new person.

If you have questions or complaints regarding the Do Not Call Registry, please contact the FTC by email at

Telephone numbers on the Federal DO Not Call registry don't expire but they do expire annually in some states' registries and must be re-registered every year.


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