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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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The FTC does absolutely nothing. My home phone and cell phones are on the do not call list and I'm still getting a lot of unwanted calls. Sometimes, I try to grill them and they usually disconnect me right way. So, now I say every ugly profanity I can before they shut me down.

dont answer dont answer dont answer thats all dont answer

Today, February 3, 2016, at 11:29 AM EST, I received a weird phone call… from myself (    ) and from my own phone number (      ) ! The recorded message referred to lowering interest rates on credit cards. I had heard that message numerous times, despite my asking them to NOT call me anymore. I registered my phone number with the Do-Not-Call database. The U.S. government website dealing with the Do-Not-Call list admits the government can’t do much about these telemarketing and phone harassing schemes. Today, I pressed the ‘1’ button to talk to a live “person”. A “representative” answered my call, speaking with an accent possibly from India. I reminded him that my number was on the Do-Not-Call list. I asked him to remove my number from their database. This time around something incredible happened. The miserable individual assured me that, on the contrary, they will keep calling me again, and again! Moreover, he threatened me, they will call also other people using with my name and phone number! Furthermore, he threatened me they would call the police and emergency services in my name under the pretext of committing suicide! He also said: “The police will come to your house and arrest you for making deceptive calls!”

I think these criminals also used somebody else’s name when they called me over last month. It was a J. Nixon from New York, or something like that. Please take care of this type of schemes — in fact, criminal acts. A recent chat on the CenturyLink (my phone service provider) website resulted in absolutely nothing positive. The representative said the only solution was to block the caller. But that would be me, as the criminals use my phone number and name! Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325 MY PREVIOUS BEST METHOD WAS TO YELL AND CURSE THEM SCAMMERS. IT HAS WORKED FOR THE MOST PART. NOT MANY OF SCAMMERS CAN TAKE IT. THE WORLD WOULD BE BETTER IF ALL HONEST PEOPLE YELL AND CURSE BADLY THE SCAMMERS. THEY CAN'T TAKE IT FOR MANY TIMES!!!

BEWARE OF THE SCAM - - -Today both my husband and I about 15 minutes apart received telephone calls from our own mobile numbers. I answered mine, his was no-one. The gentleman that was on the phone said his name was "Dave Mark" and was with the CPA, Consumer Protection Agency. He had a foreign accent, and sounded like he was from another country, or calling from another country, and was very persistent for me to release my credit card to him. He specifically said “They had a class action suit against the banking industry charging to much interest and based on my payments and credit history he could eliminate my largest balance.” He stated he “represented Experian and worked with Discover Cards, Visa/MasterCard and Capital One.” After asking him several times for his contact number and address he told me he was out of the Atlanta, Georgia office, but refused to give me a call back number. I then stated that I thought his call was a “Scam” and that what he was doing “Sounded Like Fraud” he then told me “he would take me off his call list, and call ALL of my credit cards and have them cancelled”. - - -BEWARE OF THE SCAM

Thank you for telling us about this. It's good that protected your  information.

Please report this to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. The details you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses.

Blog comments don't go into the database.

I got one of those calls and immediately called my phone company to let them know. They put it on my record and said, since I called them immediately, they won't charge me for any that appear on my account. Changed my number to unlisted.

SO, YOU RECEIVED A PHONE CALL FROM YOUR NAME AND NUMBER, NOT ONCE BUT MANY OF THEM. TWO A DAY APART. THE FCC CAN DO NOTHING. YOU WANT YOUR BUNDLE SO THAT YOU CAN GET A DEAL ON YOU PHONE, INTERNET AND TV. YOU HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THESE CALLLS FROM PEOPLE YOU DON'T KNOW, I HAVE. I DECEIDED TO BLOCK MY OWN PHONE #. THIS MEANS THAT ANYONE THAT KNOWS ME HAS MY CELL PHONE NUMBER, THOSE WHO USE MY LAND LINE WE WILL CONTACT AND GIVE THEM OUR CELL PHONE #'S. PROBLEM SOLVED. I HAVE DECIDED TO TAKE MATTERS IN TO MY OWN HANDS. I CAN CALL OUT AND NO UNDESIRABLE CAN CALL IN. THIS ELIMINATES 15 BLOCKED CALLS A WEEK. AND THE BUNDLE ISSUE THAT CARRIERS USE TO ENTISE YOU TO BUNDLE, IS FLAWED UNTILL THERE IS A RESOLVE TO THE NONSENSE CALLS.FINALLY A RESOLVE TO THE MADNESS.

I have been ignoring them. And I do not attempt to talk with someone or be taken off their call list. My concern is that in the last 6 months I have been called back by people who've been called with my number who are threatening to beat the hell out of me. I try to tell them I didn't call but many times they are so irate they simply will not listen. I am not mad at these people because I know they are frustrated and getting lots of calls from my number, but I don't want someone to track me down and kill me because of it. So I'm thinking that ignoring the calls isn't very smart. Something must be done!

If someone used your phone number to make scam calls, people might call you after they see your number come up on their caller ID.

There's no way to know how many calls a scammer will make using your number and how many return calls you'll get. If you continue to get calls and want to change your number, contact your service provider.

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

I also feel empathy for the frustration of the folks receiving what they think are calls from you. However, it is illegal to call someone and threaten them with physical harm. If you receive a call that is physically threatening, write down the time, date, and number and name that appears on your caller id and report this info to the police. If someones sounds authentically threatening, the police will be happy to inform them of the spoofing situation and warn them not to call you again. If the caller goes too far, s/he can be criminally prosecuted.

response to Aburgett-Great idea! But who's going to protect us from the Politicians?????

This computer based system works for Internet based VOIP users, and it's free: http://www.nomorobo.com/

Too bad Telus has not created such a system, even though many people are dropping their landline service everyday and just keeping their cell phones, to save money, and I'm sure to also better control spam callers using free Call Block Apps. I now figure my best option is to switch to VOIP and save about $40.00 a month and that way I can also block spam callers with the above free application, just like I do with an application on my cell phone.

I received a call that said EMERGENCY NUMBER with red background and my number, I answered and it hung up asap, any idea what that means?

My calls are forwarded to my cell. Imagine me seeing my own number. I thought someone was calling from inside my home. (long story about daughter's friends) i sent the police there. I later found out it was a spoof. Unecessary use of a much needed public resource! With technology the way it is, I'm surprised they're able to get away with this.

i had a call from my own number this morning and since then I'm getting loads of calls saying I've phoned them but i haven't! very frustrating

The FTC advises not to answer when your own number "calls" you. But if I ignore it, it rolls to the answering machine. Isn't this the same as answering it?

does anyone think local police will do anything? this needs to be handled by a bigger agency that has the technology and man power

One spammer has been calling since March of last year to confirm a dental appointment I never made for a person I've never heard of. If Miss Pittman hasn't confirmed in this amount of time I'd say it's safe to assume she won't be going to the dentist. These shameless liars know they're wrong. They haven't been able to get me on the phone since last March and they never will again. I just continue blocking them and will keep on as long as they keep calling.

The suggestion I got today from AT&T was to simply block my own number, since I have visual voicemail and have no need to call myself, seems to me like that could be an effective, easy fix. We'll see.

Oh, most of these type calls and other spoofed number calls are from scam businesses but there are some are harassment from unbalanced political activists.

Of course both the businesses that are in the communications business that put the call through and by extension then, the government, knows exactly where the calls originated and the route they took to get to your phone.

All this fighting by some people for your right to privacy - don't be fooled, they are fighting for their ability to dupe you with criminal behavior and escape unpunished.

We have been getting these calls for a year now off and on...When and where does this stop...

It would be helpful to know if there were anything further you can do if this is a recurring problem. Until then I'll just "ignore them, and move on with your day. Maybe watch a really good sci-fi movie."

My home phone is bundled with our U-Verse account. Is there a way to block a number going OUT, not in? There have been calls made from my home phone line to a number that doesn't exist (according to AT&T) and I'm being charged for the calls. Thank you for any help.

Your service provider should be able to answer that question.

This tweet was misrepresented. I didn't see a solution or help to avoid these calls. What a joke. The sci fi movie solution was flippant and inappropriate.

You're right, this blog post doesn't explain how to stop getting calls from your own number. However, many people have asked the FTC how and why they get calls that appear to be from their own phone number, whether the calls are illegal and how to respond to them. The blog post answers those questions.

I suspect this spoofed call of my own number I received is from the jackass who called me last week from 505-407-3106. I call-blocked THAT number, and I guess he wants to show me how clever he is by spoofing his call and making it look like I'm calling my own number, smh.

I wonder just how many verses of the Lollipop Trio these scam callers could stand listening to me sing in my best monotone voice?

Probably not politically correct but a long blast from one of those air horns people use at ball games seem to be useful I have been told.

I discovered someone is using my number to make spam calls. Time to get them to stop. Maybe we should all cancel our phone and internet service until something is done. Nothing will be done until big data starts to lose money. It's unacceptable that decent people have to put up with problems from technology misuse.

Since last Sunday, March 20,2016 thru today, March 23rd (so far) I have received 12 phone calls from 9 different numbers, one of which was mine. Got one from the IRS, 2 from the same # in Baltimore, 2 from a telemarketer in DC, and the rest were "Unknown Names". This is sick and has been going on for months-- from basically the SAME numbers.I do not answer and they do not leave a message. I Do Not believe that AT&T can't do something about this. They know how to try to sell you more phone services, but can't or won't help when help is needed. How I wish Verizon was in So. Florida.

I received a call from myself today and googled to see if this happens often and long behold it actually does! I will take the advice of a comment posted here which is to block my own number... I don't want to even know when these scammers are calling.

To "block" a number from your cell phone, create an address book entry called Silent Ring and assign it a silent ring tone. For each number to be "blocked" add it to Silent Ring until it's maxed out - perhaps 8 numbers. For additional numbers create another address book entry called Silent Ring 2 and so forth.

The caller will hear the ring tone but you won't because it is silent. You will eventually become aware of these calls because they'll show up as missed.

I recommend the FTC or Attorney General making a reform or announcement that all collections and correspondence will be done in writing. You will not receive calls from the IRS or any institution on your phone. Just like a person needs to be served with a judgment, you won't receive a phone call notifying you. I recommend that all matters be done in writing and making some type of ad to put people at ease. This will upset the collection/ debt collectors but it needs to be done. We need some kind of reform.

I am older, I wonder if I can file a case under our state's elderly abuse law?

You can't file charges on criminals that don't live where you live. These calls are from all over the world. Our laws don't mean squat there.

I just checked my missed calls on my house phone and my house phone called itself!! I recently installed a call blocker!

That is a lame response on your part. You are basically enabling these people to continue using fraudulent tactics to contact us. As you know once we are on the do not call list the are not supposed to be calling us in the first place, but because YOU CAN'T DO YOUR JOB. you are letting the continue to hassle us.

This problem is very easy to fix. Force the phone company to retain traces of where these calls are REALLY coming from. This will allow us to sue the perpetrators and will shut this fraud done right away. Do your JOB FTC!!!!!

Imagine my feelings when I received a phone call with my husband's name and our phone number- the day after he passed away. Several of my freinds have had the same experience. At least I was able to warn them that it would happen. It is still happening and brings me to tears each time.

I’m getting the same calls with my dead husbands name as somehow though my bills come in my name now, online he still has his name listed. I just don’t answer. It’s cruel. They probably don’t even know the person is deceased.

We've been getting calls on our landline over the past two months from all over the U.S. They never leave a message on the answering machine. We're on the "Do Not Call" list, but apparently these may not be telemarketers. The frequency of these calls has increased dramatically. We receive multiple calls every single day and at different times of the day. If there is anyway of reporting these numbers to the proper authorities, we would appreciate the information.

You can submit a complaint to the FTC at ftc.gov/donotcall.

Bridget, I did as you asked, but the complaint was not accepted. This is pretty ridiculous: "We cannot accept your complaint because the company phone number you entered and your registered phone number are the same, Please verify the company phone number and reenter the complaint. Thank you."

I just received a call at home with my spouses name and our home phone number!! Why can't the big dogs make it law for all carriers that offer home service to have a call blocking option?? Both myself and my spouse have this on our cells and it works beautifully!! Our home phone is through our cable company and we have no option but to let the spammers call day and night!! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr....

Come on, everybody. Give the FTC a break. They've already written laws to make this activity illegal, so their existing laws clearly prevent criminals from calling (as evidenced by all the liars posting comments here). And in the event that those 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. Yay government!

What happens when someone gets 2 phone calls from 2 people and neither of them actually called you? My aunt today said that my grandma and i both called her but neither of us actually called her. Our faces popped up and when she answered it was quiet and not even a voicemail would come. When we both checked through our call history no one even called her. My last call was 2 days ago and also the calls were a minute apart. Mine was 7:38 and my grandma's was 7:39.

Yep my husband thought I was calling him but it was saying he won a trip to the Bahamas. It's really scary!

These calls that appear to be coming from the number they are calling are VERY disconcerting! I freaked out the first time I received one of these. My teenage children have also been troubled by the apparent breach of our home. I regularly report calls, but not sure how to even report calls that appear to be coming from our own phone number. I even tried *69 function to find out actual number but it also shows that the number that called was our own. We do not give out our home number except to doctors and school. We use our cell phones primarily. This invasion of home and breach of sense of home security must be stopped.

My phone number appears in the At&t Phone Log as if I called myself yet phone CID just lists it as Incoming call when I answer this call its from a scammers pretending to be from Microsoft pretending they see a virus in my computer.

I get calls from Microsoft all the time about a virus on my p/c, so I actually did call Microsoft and spoke with tech support and was told they would never make a call to your house. If you have a problem, you call them.

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