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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If you press a number or respond to a call, the caller knows your number works, and they may call you again.

East coast Canada...Ive gotten this call a few times and it freaked me out because it was my Number and Name calling me. ive never answered it and Now I know Not too!!!!

I whistle extremely loudly into their ear piece! Let them enjoy that ringing for a change!

I hardly get any calls from these clowns any more. Time is money to these guys so if you answer the calls and play stupid they will eventually get tired and hang up on you. It seems to me if you frustrate them long enough that they remove your number.

The last time I had the lower the interest rate on my credit card asked a lot of questions like I was really interested. Made them repeat everything 2 or 3 times. Eventually they wanted to know what I had for currently had for cards.

I replied with the Ace of Spades & the King of Diamonds. then I said hey wait that is 21 and started hollering I win I win .... *click*

I have to be really bored and have the free time to do this but when I do it is entertaining. I have left them go through their spiel and then asked to speak to their supervisor to confirm what they just got done telling me.

It takes some practice but I have just about had them in tears and had them swear at me a few times after I wasted 20 - 30 minutes of their day.

I am still waiting on the "Microsoft" guy to call me saying I have a problem with my Windows. I intend on telling him the biggest problem with my windows is they are covered with dog slobber ;)

I did a similar thing 3 weeks ago when I received one on my cell phone - have not received one since!

Thanks for the much needed giggle! My frustration is the look-alike mail spam & phishing. Lots of new URLs - .work, .link, .xyz, and one from .ninja!

July 14,2015. Received a call 903-326-9521 claiming IRS lawsuit. Scam calls leaving message to call back. The numbers is located Irving,Tx. Hope you can stop them before they hurt people. Thank you

i get them all the time

Get a big whistle and when it is a real caller blow in it real loud. They won't call again, they won't be ever able to hear in that ear again.

In the year and age we are living with all this technology, I cannot understand why all of these scam calls cannot be put to an end, I am sick of looking at the phone around meal times or after 8 and not recognizing the number. This is really getting to get on my nerves. Feel like just cutting off my landline phone pretty soon.

It wont help, as they call from cell numbers too.

When will it stop. I get these calls all the time even from numbers I recognize. I even got a call on the hospital internal emergency line. People could die and there is no way to stop these.

Really, how hard could it be for the phone company to block any calls to yourself? Some high school kid could figure out how to do that in a couple of hours after school, I am sure. We have the most inept phone companies in the history of this planet. Stupid!

Allowing the caller ID to be spoofable is totally unnecessary. Caller ID is info offered by the calling system, and is separate from the caller's billing identity, which is handled with much more care. This is to prevent users from making free long-distance calls, and to support a variety of billing and tariff arrangements, including reverse billing. A telephone call requires a two-way setup ahead of time, in which two-way billing info may well be required. It should almost take a court order for a company to allow any customer to use spoofing to provide caller ID inconsistent with his carrier's billing info. And for calls originating in systems of other countries, we should insure the country info is provided and not spoofed.

A carrier should be actually accountable to the feds. For example, any provision of portal service to scammers (a somewhat different problem) should quickly result in complaints being backtracked and the responsible payer nailed.

This should be technically straightforward, and without any new legal mandates.

So after the 4th time I got a call from my line and filing complaints at the CRTC...I decided to answer and press the #2 to be removed...of course it's invalid so I pressed 1, he asked me to verify my VISA # starting with 4, I so no, why don't YOU tell me what it is...he said I need you to verify your VISA, I said I don't even have a VISA, he said I said mastercard starting with 5, I so no you didn't, I'm not DEAF or STUPID...he said don't you want to lower your credit card rates, I said what I want is for you to stop scamming me from my own phone #...why don't I just give you my bank account # and my pin, I know this is a scam you moron....don't call me again....I haven't gotten a call since lol

The only way I can see to stop these calls is to stop allowing calls originating from the internet into the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). This of course, will never happen, but we did not have this type of "unidentified" call prior to that being allowed. I know there are going to be all kinds of posts saying I am wrong and that wouldn't stop it etc. We all want cheaper long distance, thus we have vonage and Internet Protocol phones - this is where these calls are originating! Laws will not work as these calls are originating from third world countries that don't have laws against it.

BS. They originate anywhere that the phone company deems it necessary for CID spoofing. It would not be difficult for the phone company to pass ANI (Billing) information instead of CID in cases where CID = Called number.

I generally get 5-10 of these calls every day.My number had been registered with the DNC list since 2009.It's a joke they do nothing.Wouldn't be a shock if the government got paid for letting it slide.The people that provice phone services like Bell,Roger's and Telus need to step up here and stop this crap as in the end,they are the ones losing revenue as customers cancel their home phone accounts because of it.

These are all phishing scammers and they keep doing it because it works for them too often. They suck too many people in, and too many have they lives or finances destroyed. If 100% of people would not give info over the phone or email...this wouldn't continue to be an issue.

I gave them my information and now they owe the IRS

I recently got a call from my cell phone to our land line. I picked it up as I thought it might be my husband calling feom the backyard to save coming in tomask me something??

Just look for a decent voip provider that does telemarketer blocking. They know that if it's your number calling yourself to block it out. Why the big phone companies ignore incoming CID is beyond me.

Sorry, but the LAST thing I'll EVER do is ask to be placed onto a do not call list. It stops the guys who follow the rules, but those guys aren't usually the pests. Besides, the idea of the do not call registry is to publish the list to call centers. This list would be chalk full of live, juicy numbers just waiting for that dinnertime interruption. Way too tempting for hungry marketers to ignore.

It's just like gun control. Outlaw guns and only the outlaws will have the guns.

I am constantly getting this call along with many other spam calls ... seriously in 1 day my call list had 18 spam numbers and 2 of my friends, that was it! I disconnected my home line. Why pay to have spammers constantly calling me.

I let them talk for a while and then I Just put the phone down. Best one was when I actually booked the duct cleaning and when they showed up I told them I had no idea what they were talking about. They waste my time I'll do my best to waste theirs. I do some other things too but they are too nasty to mention here.

What if you don't have call display so you can't see it's from your own number and you do pick it up...are you going to get charges for calls you didn't make??

A scammer can fool caller ID and make it look like the call is coming from your number, but the call is really not coming from your number.

Well, I have been receiving robocalls from RBC. The call is apparently legit, but it asks for either my DOB or postal code to verify that it is me - that I won't give. Turns out it WAS a legitimate call (I confirmed with the bank), but hopefully people are getting wise to robocalls and will just hang up, legit or not.

If I don't know the name or number I don't answer......if you leave a message I'm likely to call back......no message.....no call from me. I've done this for years.....back when we had a separate answering machine with tape cassettes in it!!

It's well and fine to not answer when you see your own number...but what about a neighbor's number or someone in your family??? Have had that happen...don't know until you answer!!!

I'm from Alberta Canada and got so tired of the west jet....hotels.....lower interest on credit cards calls that I called the CRTC to complain because I am on the DC list. They said there is nothing they can do about it because these callers originate in middle eastern countries. Their law enforcement agencies would have to deal with it and they have more important things to worry about was the answer I got. You'd think with today's tw ch no log, if we can take a photograph of Pluto, we could stop these calls.

This is horrible. They are even using my cell number. There has to be a way to stop them. We pay for our phone numbers and they can just use them. What are we doing wrong.

You are not doing anything wrong. Unfotuntately if a hacker/scammer has your information (cell #, Phone #, account info)unless you can get the criminals caught on camera, no one seems to be able to do anything about it. I have actual printouts of config files from hacked computers and cell phones and am still trying to get someone to look into this. Stay strong and watch all your account statements very carefully.

Scammers certainly are people that don't care about anyone or anything -- not even their own families. I fell for one just a couple of days ago to reduce my credit card rate . Luckily I felt something was aamiss and was able to get my cards cancelled before it was to late. Big lesson learnt. I really feel sorry for those that get cought.

please stop this

I now "answer" all these calls...with a fire alarm purchased solely to blow in their ear after I answer I am over 30 with a valid credit card to win my prize! Blast anything...hockey horns work too! I am a sr with an attitude and I am fed up with these calls.

Strange how these idiots and criminals cannot be stopped. We have the technology to put a man on the moon and send man into space....for over 40 years now..., and we cannot stop these people from calling my number, from my number, and the last time, they even had my name on the identity screen...I;m also listed on a DNC list and they still get through, this senior is pretty darn fed up.....

I set my FAX to autoanswer.

I called my phone company and for very cheap you can get added to your plan a number to press and the callers number is sent to the police

Received calls from 1-516-845-9246 Farmingdale, NY, claiming to be IRS. Also, recently an odd call from Ruffalo Noel Levitz (they called several times before I finally checked them out) with i.d. stating such. What prompted me to check them out was that one day they left a message. It was a female, who simply said, "I'm a republican" in an ominous tone and then hung up. Went to website and they are higher education consultants. Hmmm.

Received calls from 1-516-845-9246 Farmingdale, NY, claiming to be IRS. Also, recently an odd call from Ruffalo Noel Levitz (they called several times before I finally checked them out) with i.d. stating such. What prompted me to check them out was that one day they left a message. It was a female, who simply said, "I'm a republican" in an ominous tone and then hung up. Went to website and they are higher education consultants. Hmmm.

I received an irs call,the man threatened to have me arrested,i could save myself by withdrawing 6000,which he said I owed to the gov. and it would be in cash,and call him when I got it,thank goodness I didn't fall for this.h and r block say irs does not operate this way,demanding money by phone,and if I really owed anything I would not have gotten a refund.please do not fall for this,i am praying that one day these scammers will be caught.

really annoying that they are trying this with government offices - not all our extensions have call display!

This happened to me while working as a contractor for an Ohio State Government Agency on W. Broad Street, Columbus Ohio. (I can't say the name due to non-disclosure) What people don't realize is that if these criminals are successful in getting in, they can breach multiple devices and take over your identity, your financial accounts and force you into foreclosure. At the Ohio State Government Agency I watched my personal cell phone synch with my Government Issued Laptop, when I reported it to the Ohio Government Agency IT Help Desk, I was fired from my project, without notice, even though it had several months remaining. The day I was let go was the day I printed out Event Logs and Config files showing the hacks. This invasion in my life has cost me everything, my job, soon my home, EVERYTHING. Now today, I am focused and working to expose these types of criminals so they don't take any more victims. I have several years of evidence, but cannot seem to find anyone to help me put an end to this.

The worst is now they are calling from unknown name and number. But if it rings long distance with unknown don't answer either.

Even though I could show video of the caller id spoof, local law enforcement (Chicago 16th Precinct) says they can't do anything about it because "We have too many cases like this", then THEY ask US "What would you like to do about it?". INVESTIGATE THE CRIME, IF YOU DON'T EVEN TRY TO INVSTIGATE REPORTS OF CRIME HOW DO YOU EXPECT TO CATCH THE CRIMINALS FEEDING OFF PEOPLE? For me, since my phone, internet and tv cable were all connected, they were able to spoof multiple devices and cause YEARS of havoc that is still going on today. Wish someone would do something about this in Delaware, OH 43015 and Chicago, IL 60646.

I cancelled my landline(the voice part)I have DSL,because of Rachel, now I get scam artists on on my new cell phone number. I blocked them but they leave voicemails that eats my minutes so I ended up deactivating my voicemail. Now the blocked numbers just get rejected. If I get a new one I don't pick up then block it.This a battle but I intent on winning it.

And when you go to file a complaint at the Do Not Call website, they make you have a "name" for the company. NO ONE WILL GIVE YOU A NAME! I hate these people--along with the people that make computer viruses. There has got to be a special place in h**l for them.

If you do pick up a solicitor's call, KEEP A LOUD WHISTLE NEXT TO YOUR PHONE AND BLOW HAAAARD! If it's a human calling, they'll put out the word and calls stop from that company!!!

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