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My own number calls me, repeatedly!

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My own number calls me, repeatedly!

In the past 2 days I have received over 25 calls which show up on my Caller ID as my own number

together with my own name. I have a call blocker, so after the first time , I blocked my own number.

That worked, the phone no longer rings, but in the call log, I still see that whoever it is, keeps trying;

even though when they call, they supposedly hear nothing, no ringing, only dead silence.

Once or twice in the past 25 years I've seen my own number spoofed back on me.

But this is something way beyond that: I'm talking 17 times just in one day! Any ideas or advice?

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ACE - Master

Re: My own number calls me, repeatedly!

Not much you can do about spoofing numbers.  It's illegal, but the callers are from overseas and they don't care about what's legal and what's not. 

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This goes a bit beyond ordinary call spoofing.1) It's my own name and number that's being spoofed back to me.2) My own name/number has been spoofed on 29 calls in the last two days.My concern is that for some reason I'm being individually targeted, or else a spam bot has gone haywire.
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ACE - Master

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I understand and it's not an isolated problem. Just do a google search you'll find many hits on this very issue. 

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A total of 36 calls on 3 consecutive business days from my own name & number is SINGULAR, and possibly worthy of Guinness Book inclusion. No Google search yielded anything like this. Somehow, I should feel special, that someone or someplace is

targeting me in such a dedicated, dogged and unique way; but I don't quite. Then, the calls stopped on Saturday & Sunday, giving the serial harassers the weekend off with their families (that they might harass them instead?). On Monday, 7 more such calls came in; but on Tuesday, no more-- leaving me to wonder what it was all about.

My best guess is that it's harassment or retaliation; certainly not some earnest effort to reach a person in order to sell to and/or scam them. After all, a couple of those 36 calls were only one minute apart! Possible moral: When you never answer unfamiliar numbers, when you never answer spoofed calls, when you don't even answer you calling yourself, they'll come after you with even heavier artillery.

 

 

 

 

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This is a very important issue for we consumers and gives us a very legitimate reason to hate our telecom providers, yet "they" and their apologizers seem to enjoy spouting reasons the problem cannot be resolved.  With the huge tax cuts AT&T received, along with their court victory (thus far) in the merger with Time Warner you'd think they'd have a better attitude when dealing with us. Get 'er Done AT&T!!

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ACE - Master

Re: My own number calls me, repeatedly!

Just google FCC and call spoofing or FCC and robocalls.  A little searching will give you your answers, or read some of the many topics on this forum.

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ACE - Master

Re: My own number calls me, repeatedly!

Here's a lengthy discussions with links to some of the acts and bills that have been introduced. There's a ton of information on this issue on the FCC's WEBSITE, if you like to read. 

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I've Googled, I've read.The takeaway is that far too little is being done, that's it's being done so late in the game (too much toothpaste out of the tube already);and that future proposals are just more of not much, or nothing at all. @bancallspoofing
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ACE - Master

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I don't know what you read, but this has been an ongoing, ever changing issue with the FCC since 1991, so I wouldn't call that too late in the game.  Everyone seems to think this is a simple fix, but with a little effort and research you'll quickly see it isn't.  It's like hitting a moving target with a BB gun, the odds aren't with you.  You can put the total blame on AT&T if you want, but all carriers are having the same issue and there's plenty of blame to go around, starting with our government.   This is being discussed between the FCC and ALL the Telco's not just AT&T.  No one carrier can fix it, they all have to work together, with the FCC. Did you even read the link to the discussion provided, with an open mind that is? 

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#bancallspoofing
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#bancallspoofing

Anyone who wracks their brain to come up with legit reasons for call spoofing, would see their time better spent

wracking upon the steps necessary to totally ban it, and I mean worldwide. We went to the moon, but banning call spoofing

is a bridge too far?

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A year or so ago I stopped getting any calls, from anywhere on my VOIP.  The call would show on my TV but pick up the phone, nothing.  After spending a good bit of time with ATT help in some far corner of the world, it seemed that NOMOROBO (recommended at that time by ATT) was blocking all calls because my own number had been spoofed.  At least that's the way I understand it.  So they had to stop my number using NOMOROBO, which means I do get the calls I'm supposed to, but tons of spoof and spam calls constantly.  Apparently no one at ATT cares.  I'm getting a lot of interesting offers from Spectrum.

Tom

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THERE ARE TOO FEW ARGUABLY LIGITAMITE USES FOR CALL SPOOFING TO JUSTIFY ITS CONTINUANCE, IN THE FACE OF ALL THE ILLIGITAMITE AND MALICIOUS ONES, WHICH USES EASILY OUT-PACE THE LEGIT ONES IN RATIO OF AT LEAST 1O0 TO 1. #bancallspoofing

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ACE - Master

Re: My own number calls me, repeatedly!

Sounds good, if it were only that easy.  Search this board for the many discussions on this issue and what's being done or use your favorite search engine to search the FCC and robocalls. I'm certainly not going to explain it all again when it's been gone through many times.

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