Getting calls from your own number?

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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But please, when is enforcement of existing laws going to happen? These calls arrive at phones owned by older people. When are protections going to extend to them? Please put an end to this nonsense, warnings are not action.

There are but one doesn't know how to go about it and if it is hidden it is harder to persue

We have call display on our main phone but not on extensions and sometimes I have to answer on them; later when I check the main phone I see it is our own #. Very frustrating!

Pursue*

I got 4 missed calls from (956) 240-2682 (972) 302-1936 (215) 219-2327 and (814) 329-2327 i want to found out why 4 phone numbers called me

Omg. You guys have no idea. I have been dealing with the with these disturbing chain of events that began over a year ago. And I have witnessed events I previously thought only God can do. Going insane, yet I know who it was since it involved a chain of events and a personal relationship, yet strange, to a rivalry, and a timeline of when everything occurs, it still took significant research and 24 hours of my time connect what's going on, and why I became a target, what I did to deserve the causation, to who was behind all of it. Unfortunately I was underestimated his capability, and angered this person. I have lost access to all five of my email accounts, all forwarded to one, so I couldn't tell which was and when. I just requested my phone carrier to send me a year of my phone records and found hundreds of these phone messages, some of which I had 50 minute conversations with, I don't ever recall. I would know and be suspicious having a 50 minute conversation with my own number. His had control over MY entire phone, email, and recently my entire America in my laptop vanished, overnight. And, I lost my administrative right, could not make any changes to my computer. One time, because law enforcement refuse to listen, I called a disability advocate and every time I was to leave a message, the phone shut off. Then I used my landline, the same thing. I went insane, even a week later, from that device or location could not call to disability advocate. Finally I went to another location, and used a new device. Got through. I think I even shut off the old device and got through. So it's your router too. I have screen shots of 5000 of these events, and my screenshots started missing, I implemented insignificant external means , because my iCloud was compromised, and all deleted, my apple oF was suspended. Ucla confirmed email compromised, Microsoft suspended my gmail account, I notice unusual emails and what are the odds, that an email he opened up for me under the company age-international, cause he assumed I would work with them scam artists, and sent me a 200 page brochure to read vansihes. I opened it, but wasn't interested in working with it, I was interested in a possible job offer, Im. dubai, and he got Jelouse and Wierd and tried all hard to say IT was a lie and immediately opened up that email. My emails all save for years. When I noticed this, I searched for IT, gone. And I blocked him for several months, so that explains the numbers. Again would never talk to myself for 50 min, so that must be someone else. And it's scary, because I knew something was wrong, I suddenly haven't been getting calls. How sad. I noticed I was blacklisted, so my I DO provided is establishing an entire new ip, modem everything. I told her the story for like an hour. She was laughing and so was I. It's scary..

Oh my god i had same thing! Still happening. Nobody believes me. Police ... do nothing . Tonite i was calling my credit card company and i have never had to verify everything for years. They have my cell phone as my main number. When i asked the customer service rep why i had to verify it all, she said cause i am calling from a different number than what i usually do. Huh? Yes i was. She said im calling from a whole different area code. Near me but not mine. . So she checked it out and so did 3 managers. Noone has ever seen it before. So i called t mobile my carrier of 15 yrs. the couldnt explain this one either. Or my own cell phone calling me last yr.. they are having tech just it out and call me back and go from there. Im scared. Ive also been locked out of my computers and email password just changed 3 weeks ago. Had this email for yrs. what do i do?

Ditto

Sorry bro

Reading your message!! Wow, I thought I was going crazy.. I wouldnt even dare tell all of the experiances ive had. And same thing. Pissed off the wrong person. Its almost impossible to find someone who believes me. Everyone looks at me like i'm a weirdo. I started wondering myself. Little things happen.Its like just enough for me to know but not enough to prove it. It can be scary. Like someone has invaded and taken over my life. I have never posted in a forum before but after reading the comments here, I felt like I needed to reply.

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