Thu, May 10, PM. I was going about my day when I got a call, the caller Id said my name. Later my sister was called by her own number but she had answered the phone to hear her own voicemail being played to her. They did what's called spoofing to disguise their number when they called you. Rest assured they arnt actually using your number. I have experienced the same situation with my land line phone. My caller ID displays my own name and the scammers try to confuse your mind to get you to answer. Once you answer they now know that your number is active and that somebody lives there. It all comes down to American Corporate Greed to steal your money Come on people, think a little on how to protect yourselves.
Federal Trade Commission
You get a call, look at the caller ID, and see that your own number is calling. Even your number. Scammers use this trick as a way to get around call-blocking and hide from law enforcement. The real callers could be calling from anywhere in the world. Bottom line? These calls from your own number are illegal. That just leads to more calls. Maybe watch a really good sci-fi movie.
Scam artists now use technology to make a person's caller ID show their own name and phone number-making it appear as though a person is calling him or herself. These scam artists are falsifying-or "spoofing"-caller ID information. Spoofing scams are often perpetrated by criminal gangs located outside the state or country attempting to mask their identity and evade law enforcement. Scam artists who use spoofing technology perpetrate so-called card services scams, medical alert device scams, and a number of other scams. These scams are usually designed to steal money or personal information, so it is very important to be wary of calls that appear to come from your own name and phone number. You should never provide your personal or financial information to unknown callers. Theft of personal and financial information is a crime and should be reported to local authorities. It is generally a good idea not to answer a phone call that appears to be from your own phone number.
It can be a bit disorienting when your phone rings and your own home phone number comes up on the caller ID. But will you answer the phone? Scammers are betting you will, or at least you'll be more likely to than if the call came from "Unknown Name, Unknown Number," "Private Caller," or from some unrecognizable area code. The Better Business Bureau and others have recently issued warnings about this increasingly common tactic. If you answer the call, what you're likely to hear can vary. It could be a robo-call trying to sell you on the idea that you could lower your credit card interest rates maybe even from the famous Rachel from Cardholder Services , or a call from someone posing as being from Microsoft intent on selling you a solution to some computer woe or perhaps a software update.