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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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Just got the call from them calling my own number. Didn't answer cause just received 2 other calls from back to back from 2 different numbers with caller ID showing 2 different cities in NJ, didnt answer, then rings again with my number. I think the person who came up with having a whistle is a great idea!!!!especially if i recorded on my answering machine.

Just another thing the politicians cant control when the laws passed are without teeth. Technology exists to track these callers and put them in jail. Funny thing is the Dems are now calling with campaign requests. not good.

i want know that one person mobile whom calling him and show number

yesterday & today calls with my number & name as the caller id... I understand and I DO NOT ANSWER them....but as a consumer and a tax payer I feel that the FTC needs to be more proactive instead of just saying NOT to answer them and ignore them. I pay for my phone and included in there is a tax to the government...so I plead with you to DO something.
If "WE" as citizens are NOT receiving the service and protection that "WE" pay for then maybe "WE" should opt out of that tax...and refuse to pay.

Yes, I get calls from my own number - never pick up since my phone talks to me and warns me it is from my number. And yes, I am elderly, but not stupid, so they don't get the satisfaction of having me answer their calls.

I'm wondering, why is it that when we register our phone numbers on the DNCL, we get more calls???

I got this call a few times. Today I paid no attention to the ID and answered. It was a call to reduce the interest on my credit cards. I didn't get a chance to press anything. It hung up. I was trying to get a name of an agency to report. But didn't get that chance. Totally creepy though. And I do hope something is done about it. My dad is elderly and now because of all these scams you can barely ever get him to answer a phone.

JUST started getting them last weekend 3 out of my 4 cells got it...told my kids NOT to answer them

I just had this happen, so I decide to block my number from calling itself....what can that hurt? When I answered the call thought it was my husband..we had just moved here..I didnt know my new number..thought he was calling from his cell....was a credit card company wanting to lower my debt...on credit cards...I pay off jn 30 no debt...what a scam!

Got the call from "Rachel" about my credit card, which I don't have, pushed #9, got some foreign guy, told them to remove my number from their lists, didn't work, called A.T.T, said they could give me a security code to stop these calls, maybe everyone should call your cell providers and see if they can give some sort of security too.....who knows, it might work. By the way, they even used my area code with one number difference, very close to my own phone number, very frustrating.

The scammers used my name and phone number, and the end result, accessed my credit card and in two states. The charges to my credit card showed up as purchases made two different companies Heating and Air Conditioning suppliers. I filed a police report but they leave it to the credit card company to investigate and pursue the scammers.

Go to identitytheft.gov for more information about what to do when someone misuses your personal information.

I get multiple calls each day on my business line from my own number. So I put myself on call block. It works wonderfully.

Not answering calls from my home phone is not an option! I have my home phone forwarded to my cell phone, and can block many of the robocalls with an Android app. BUT....... Suppose I'm out and about and my 13 year old is at home and there's an emergency? I have no way of knowing whether the call from my home number is my kid or that it is one of these scumbags!

Cell phone have blocking capability..You would think.........

what about 3 calls a day from almost my number? For example, if my number is 123-456-7890, I get 3 calls a day from 123-456-XXXX where the last 4 digits are basically 9,999 calls I will end up getting on this number.

Not finding anyone reporting this. I've blocked perhaps a hundred. Should I just 'put up with' another 9,900 of these calls?

All these responses are virtually the same. I have suffered through the same numerous calls.
However, the real culprit is the companies that build and sell the phone equipment that spoofs your number. Try to buy this yourself and no one seems to know who has such technological advanced phone spoofing equipment. This is how you stop it......the FTC should go after the manufacturers of this equipment in the first place.
And if there is technology to "spoof" your own number, there should be similar technology to counter act it.

Sounds like Bridget Small -FTC is a roboresponder

Here is a new trick criminals are using: You miss a call from what looks like number in your contact list. You hit redial but then your call goes to a totally different number. Not only that, when you use your phone later to make a call, your number shows up to your intended-caller as that totally different number: your own caller-ID has been hacked and changed.

This is the first time that my number has been stolen by these scammers. It is usually some out the area zip code and they come about the same time each day. This time it was my own number! Isn't anything being done about all of these stupid calls? We pay our own phone bills and these jerks are turning our phone into their own sales tool.

Block your own number. Done. Not like you're ever going to call yourself :)

Thank you Major! In my frustrations I hadn't even thought of doing this but will now do so. Bless you. Sometimes it takes someone else to bring commonsense answers to a person whom has simply just reached the end of their rope and the knot that they'd tied to help in keeping themselves from slipping and then falling has loosened itself.

My mom has had this happen to her, someone from another country called with her number to my grandparents. Can they use the numbers to steal money or something? Is there no way to get them to stop using her number?

It's a mess! It's a mess because I feel very strongly that federal and state governmental agencies with alphabets like HLS, CIA, TSA, NSA, just to name a few of these "alphabet soup" agencies, are behind almost all of our problems of being tracked and spied upon, especially the spying and tracking of taxpaying, law-abiding, harmless, REAL Americans—spying on us through their various sophisticated, government controlled tracking methods, using very expensive, modern, devilish technological programs and various devices paid for by US—yes, Us, the taxpaying law-abiding folks of the USA...yes, US!

why are you not taking steps to stop? what are you as the federal trade commission doing to stop this? this is a big invasion of my space and my privacy. I am very displeased as they could use this to present me as the caller in a fraud situation. do you care?

I apologize to this consumer forum because my previous comments regarding my feelings about our government spying on us seems inappropriate for this particular site.. Please forgive me and it won't happen again. I'll keep those feelings to myself.

Received such a call from UT Austin students asking for donations from alumni...I have always thought previous request might be bogus and I do have their number blocked... But they called from my phone...had to answer...now they know I still have same phone.

The laws against calls of this nature are so weak, there is no real risk when breaking phone fraud laws. Until congress and government agencies can convict, place manditory excessive jail time, and financially disruptive fines on offenders, will it slow down or stop. Oh and everyone can thank obama for making it legal to make these calls to cell phones.

Did you hear the rumor that the government gave cell phone numbers to telemarketers? It's not true. It's a false rumor circulating on the internet.

  • The government is not releasing cell phone numbers to telemarketers.
  • There is no deadline for registering a cell phone number on the Do Not Call Registry.
  • You can put your cell phone number on the National Do Not Call Registry to notify marketers that you don't want unsolicited telemarketing calls.

Dear Bridget, This I don't understand. If the marketers can access the DNC registry so that they know what numbers not to call, what is to stop one "bad" marketer from getting the list and sharing (or selling) it with (to) other bad marketers? Thanks.

I get a call about once a month; I have caller ID and have never answered......but I imagine there are still several thousand people without caller ID that are answering these calls. What happens to these people, are they at a higher risk, does it make a difference if you answer and then hang up, or don't answer at all?

Sign up at nomorobo.com. It goes through your ISP. If a robo call comes, it rings once. Then after around 10 seconds, the number goes away. During that time, the robo caller hears a message telling them they cannot get thru the number with out entering a password. You can't answer your calls on the first ring to get this to work. I signed up yesterday thru Time Warner since I couldn't get the nomorobo site to work. It's not yet available thru TW so the rep. set it up for mo thru nomorobo. It's only for landlines. Today I got a call, and just like the Timewarner rep said, one ring, then silence, and ten seconds later it was gone. Works like a charm. Try it everyone!

Yes! Great service. I use it. Once in a while, the robo caller (person) figures out that nomorobo trapped their call, so they call back by dialing manually (caller ID shows a different - probably bogus number). If this happens (15-30 seconds after the one-ring call) I don't answer.

A lady called my cell phone and left a voice mail saying she had reported me for making a robocall to her and she is on the do not call registry. I'm a private citizen and NEVER have made any robocalls or any other type of unwanted calls. So what happens if a spammer uses my cell phone number to make robocalls and my number is complained about on donotcall.gov?

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

I usually go along for a while, then I ask them for their number in case we get disconnected, then I ask for their name. Then I tell them I'm reporting them for fraud. I send an email to you guys to report it. I never get return calls. They have stopped completely.

I've stopped pressing the number to be removed from the call list. I press the number to talk to a live person, quiz them on who they work for and where, etc, and ask them to put me on the do not call list. I know that won't work, but it wastes their time, and that time the scamming company has to pay for. If they ended up paying their telemarketing operators to do nothing by talk nonsense all day, maybe it would flood out the few gullible people they do snare and make it not worth their while in the long run. The ratio of people who take the bait and follow through enough that they make money is a tiny fraction of the calls made. So, if the next-t-free robo calls started costing them money, they might give up. Spread this idea and lets hope if has an effect.

I found the best thing is to turn off your ringer and just return calls to those who have left a voice mail. This way I am never interrupted.

If your home line is on a major VOIP carrier (such as Comcast, Vonage, Time Warner, etc) look at nomorobo.com. It stops the calls from ROBO dialers. Your phone will ring once, the trap at nomorob picks up the line and then hangs up. So, you only hear your phone ring once. I registered, and now instead of ~20 calls a day, I only get one or two 'annoynance' calls. This service does not work on real land-lines or mobile phones.

I know the phone companies can do something about this, they can detect large volumes of calls via tractability, just like Uncle Sam does, but thats no money in pockets. Continue to press your reps and senators to make something happen. But unfortunately they are the worst scammers out there.

This is the result of American companies setting up call centers in foreign countries . All the employees have to do is copy or memories or down load customer phone #s and other info and then go home and set up their own shop.! try calling Microsoft support line and see who answers the call and where they are located. This is what people need to demand law makers to resove.

A scamer is using my phone number to call other people, saying that thete is problem in their computer and they can fix it for a fee. The person who got os scam call called me and said she does not need the service. Now, what do I do to prevent my number from being used by scamers?

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

Heh...received a call on my cell this evening from 'Unknown'. Picked up the call and stayed quiet. Someone said hello, and I reciprocated with Hello. The guy hangs up. Intrigued as to the 'how this could happen', I recorded the full/exact date and time stamp of the occurrence. Next I went to check my recent detailed 'talk' usage at my AT&T wireless web portal. Low and behold, the number that called me was my own number!!

Spent some time with the AT&T online chat specialist, who escalated my incident to a higher tier technician. Unable to find the source of this mystery call. They did give me some suggestions on where report such abuse.

1) [as AT&T's my carrier] contact AT&T Annoyance Call Bureau (ACB) online at

2) If they solicit to you, one can get the FCC involved.

3) File a complaint at IC3.gov (just browsed there, looks like an FBI division).

4)(once again for AT&T carrier) such incidents can be reported to

I have experienced calls with my number other numbers, I have reported calls to FCc and FIC I have called Att still no solutions.l decided to block my personal number use my friend'S number to check my messages. I pay for the services I want; no one can solve this issue. Technology was to be a gift but has turned out to be a nightmare because the powers to be can find. No solution.

I'm curious if other countries are having this type of problem. If not, then what are they doing that we are not doing? I wonder how their country handles this crap.

I have been receiving these calls from India for months now. I received one yesterday Knowing better, I got taken in. This person conned me into letting him connect to my PC, paying $399 which included a senior citizen discount of $100 to my credit card, calling my credit card company and telling them to please approve the international charge since I was the main cardholder. Then he told me that his upper level tech would now complete the work and let me know when it was finished. An hour and a half later, my computer shut down. I started it up again and things 'seemed okay'. During the night, I woke up and something was on my mind, if this guy is from Microsoft as he says, why would I have to go to another website to pay for the work? I went online and looked up 'rayandan'. Tons of people reported these scammers. I called my credit card company to report it. I had caught it early enough. We agreed that they would not pay the scammers the $399, closed my account and I would get a new one in about a week. I called LifeLock and alerted them. They flagged my account and it will be following the case. They suggested that I file a report at FTC.gov and a local police report, just for the record.
Good luck everyone.

Best bet is do not answer the phone ever unless you know who they are. If it's important, the caller can leave a message. I no longer answer my phone.

Just look at these responses and see how long people have been complaining. Nothing is being done. Whistles, horns, cussing and such is only making YOU feel better. It doesn't work. I got a call on my cellphone from my own number today. There were a total of 5 bogus calls just today between my wife and me. The No Call List is a JOKE and always has been. Again, it's to make you feel better. Go through all the motions, but just look at all these comments. Nothing works and the FTC is powerless.

Over the past few weeks I've been getting calls to my number from random bots with automated messages, coming from local numbers to my area. Now since last week 2 people have called me saying they have a missed call from my number, while I did not contact them. I am going to go to Sprint and ask for a number change, but from the comments above it's clear this is becoming systemic and out of hand. FTC please help fix this.

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