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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Just received a scammer call with my own cell phone number

I got a call from a weird number 99001155 ???

I'm glad I decided to read the comments! Got two questions answered. Received a call on my home landline,with caller ID saying it was my own number!! Three times this past year. Twice now,caller ID shows 1911860.I called it,as it said "Invalid Number". If it was invalid,how could it be calling anyone? When I called,the 911 operator came on!! What the heck?! I was totally baffled! Now I know its scammers! This site does provide a valuable service! Thank you!

After reading these comments... I didn't see anyone mention app's. When you download an app on your phone you give them permission to have access to your contact list and make calls from your phone. Has nobody thought about scammers gaining access to your info that way?? Some of the most popular games, that you pay for, have to have access to these things on your phone or they "won't work". I dont think the average person thinks much of it and allows it. Food for thought.

They are Scammers Calling, what ever you do DO NOT Pick Up your phone, if you do DO NOT give any information suck as your bank account, credit card numbers or not even your Social Security Numbers.
Once these scammers get any of these information you could be swiped out of everything.

Omg happened to me three times on my way home from work tonight. My number calling! Thankfully I have 'Do not disturb whilst driving' enabled on my phone. Trouble is, it sends a message to the caller to TELL them I'm driving and wing be answering my phone!
I'll be downloading an app giving me a serving phone number and only THAT one will be used should I need to give it a number. Off to the app store! In the meantime I'll be ignoring these calls.

i hope this dont happen to me i picked it up

Why can't you stop callerid spoofing? There should be technology available to not let the call thru or identify it as spoofed to the customer. How about insert the country code where the call is originating? Seems to me FTC isn't too concerned or they would act to help protect us.

My call was weird I didn’t pick it up but when I called it back, it went straight to my voice mail. It also happened to my mom at the exact same time.

Some homeboy got a robocall from MY number and then the guy who was called texted me right. so then I respond because he accused me of calling him at work. So then we texting for a while and i show my teacher this right. Then she says its algorithm and a robot is texing me and they stealin my information. But keep in mind that this homie texted me a screenshot of his call history wit real numbers and contacts callin him and the low power mode and LTE thing on top. So imma ask u guys if its a scam or a real person because he had personaluty and said like lmao and stuff bro and like i don't wanna be like rude to him, It could be my future best man or somethin you feel me?

Looked down at my ringing phone, to see me calling myself. Answered to a voice saying 'You have an AT&T security breach. Please say the last four digits of your SSN". I made something up, there were two beeps and the call was immediately disconnected. Do I block myself ;)

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