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    Ever been spoofed?

    Well, I learned a new term last week - spoofing. A process where someone downloads an app that allows them to to send another number as their caller ID when they made calls. Their own number is hidden and the 'fake' number is displayed on the phone of the person being called.

    It has happened to me. Today alone I have received three calls from nice people returning a call that showed up on their caller ID.

    According to Verizon it is not illegal and there is no way to trace who is doing it. I have only two options, change my number (which seems useless and a bother. It's my business number and, if it is someone trying to make my life miserable, they will just adopt my new number), or wait them out hoping that they will decide to target someone else.

    Ever happen to you? What did you do?
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    I politely tell them to put me on their do not call list... the 1st time, after that, I hang up on them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ned Bulken View Post
    I politely tell them to put me on their do not call list... the 1st time, after that, I hang up on them.
    Not sure I follow you. Why would I be mean to them? They are just returning a call to a number left on their caller ID. I would do the same thing if I came home and found I had missed a call.
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    Wow, that isn't cool at all! How is that not illegal?? That doens't make any sense to me....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ned Bulken View Post
    I politely tell them to put me on their do not call list... the 1st time, after that, I hang up on them.
    Do you mean they should add my number to their blocked call list? That might not help as it is a different person every time. About 10 calls so far over the past 2 weeks, all different.
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    Any way of figuring out who is doing it?

    Just trying to figure out what the scam is. Why would these people return a call to a random message?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rennie Heuer View Post
    Do you mean they should add my number to their blocked call list? That might not help as it is a different person every time. About 10 calls so far over the past 2 weeks, all different.
    the Company has to maintain a list, if their agent(s) are getting your number from a list, they have to get it somewhere, and that source is supposed to delete at your request. I misunderstood, that they were calling your back.

    I thought you were getting calls from a company, not folks returning calls.
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    The behavior that is causing you interruption is not one I have been able to understand, try as I may. What is it that makes a person who has missed a call from a number, that they do not recognize, call that number to see who it was. I have had people call back whom I have called in error, realized my mistake and hung up before they or their voicemail answers. If the person, or voicemail, does answer before I disconnect, I explain my error or leave a voicemail explaining my error. That's just common decency as I have invaded their privacy in error.

    Some of these people call me back to see what I wanted and seem at a loss that I had just mis-dialed. I have to assume that their pathetic lives are so much 'all about them' that they cannot fathom that I didn't actually want to talk to them!?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ned Bulken View Post
    the Company has to maintain a list, if their agent(s) are getting your number from a list, they have to get it somewhere, and that source is supposed to delete at your request. I misunderstood, that they were calling your back.

    I thought you were getting calls from a company, not folks returning calls.
    You misunderstand. Someone is impersonating Rennie. It's called spoofing.

    Someone is calling people and those people have Rennie's phone number showing up on their caller ID. These people are apparently looking at their phones, seeing a missed call from Rennie's number and calling him back saying "Why did you call me?" And he says "I didn't call you. Someone is faking out CallerID and is using my number as the fake."

    It's like writing someone else's address in the return address area on an envelope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    Any way of figuring out who is doing it?

    Just trying to figure out what the scam is. Why would these people return a call to a random message?
    The only thing that comes to mind is a collection agency or telemarketer hiding there number. Doesn't come up as unlisted or a 1 800 so the party they are calling answers the phone.
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