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« on: September 24, 2014, 11:21:06 AM »

Wow, the strangest thing just happened while I was sitting here at the computer.  The phone rang, Caller ID said it was MY number, and it had MY name as the caller.  WTH??  I answered it, and got that automated recording that the lady says she's calling from Card Services and there is nothing wrong with my card but I need to call right away to get better rates.  I can't believe they pulled that!
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« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2014, 11:27:06 AM »

I smell SCAM!  Hope you didn't call the number back.  Stay off their radar.  They can fake/spoof any number/name now.  It's getting totally out of hand. This is really low though.  sheesh.
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« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2014, 11:38:01 AM »

This is "spoofing" and is illegal.  You can file a complaint --

http://www.fcc.gov/guides/caller-id-and-spoofing

Of course, next time you know not to answer when you call yourself.  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2014, 11:50:22 AM »

Don't worry, I hung up as soon as I heard the beginning of the message.  I never answer unknown phone calls, but I had just done a software update for my computer and I wondered if somehow it messed up the phone since it's connected to the computer.  LOL!  And DH always calls around this time on his lunch.  So that's why I answered it.  We get that same automated message all the time, it's always been an 800 number on the caller ID, though.

I am so sick of the phone these days between surveys, political ads, and scams.  Too bad I can't just unplug it!  And of course, we're on the Do Not Call list, but that's a joke. 
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« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2014, 12:14:11 PM »

Fizzy - the same thing has happened to me.  When my phone rings, the name and number of the person callings shows up on my TV screen and what a surprise to see I was calling myself!  Of course I didn't bother picking up.  These credit card people and some Indian accented people (they say they work with Microsoft) just keeping calling me and they won't give up.  I just don't answer the phone anymore unless I recognize the name or number.  I wonder how many calls I would get if I wasn't on the DO NOT CALL list!!
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« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2014, 02:43:45 PM »

Interesting I got several of those calls saying they had detected a virus in my computer that sounded like the people I had contacted way back so it scared me until I googled and found it was a scam.  I get the credit card ones all the time.  Today I got a call and when I answered there were clicks and nothing.  I don't have caller ID.
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« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2014, 03:42:17 PM »

When you answer a call and no one is on the other line, it usually means that the call is coming from an auto dialer and no one is there to respond to you. Your call will eventually get hung up. These are called 'dropped calls'. It is nothing to worry about, just make sure you are not being scammed if you do decide to respond to a live person on the other line.
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« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2014, 04:03:53 PM »

Fizzy,
Those Card Services people have been calling our house periodically for a few years now.  Just hang up on them.  The calls don't result in any kind of harm, but if you answer them or call them back, they will try to get information they shouldn't have.  There are just way too many phone scams going on these days! 
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