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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Praise, Vent & Warnings
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Praise, Vent & Warnings
On 14 June arrived home to find I had missed a call from my own number! Emailed Sky to ask how that was possible. They didn't know. Yesterday got another call. My caller display again showed my own number, I answered the call. The man asked if I was "Mrs xxx". I didn't confirm but asked which company he was from ( I am registered with TPS) he replied " Market Trends" and asked me to take part in market research questions. I refused and hung up. On researching how someone could call from my own number, there are web sites promoting spoofing ie using any number to call someone. I think this practice outlawed in some parts of US. It did worry me as I usually check caller display before answering any calls, and was completely thrown when it was my own number calling me. It is obviously an untraceable call from a very suspicious source. I suspect this is yet another scam. Has anyone heard about this, is it new to the UK?
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  • paddyrgpaddyrg Forumite
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    CLID spoofing isn't new, in fact it is the same method your bank probably uses to show a Central switchboard number when you get a call. It's not difficult to implement if you know how. Never rely on caller ID for authentication.
  • TadleyBaggieTadleyBaggie Forumite
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    I've also seen my own landline number come up on the CLI display when when a text message was sent to my number.
  • SpammyTheSpammerSpammyTheSpammer Forumite
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    Does this device still screen out those calls with false CLID?

    Anyone know?
    I am a cow so cannot speak Bullshine but I do recognise its smell when I come upon it.
  • paddyrgpaddyrg Forumite
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    Does this device still screen out those calls with false CLID?

    Anyone know?

    No, if it uses CLID to filter, it won't. It's against ofcom's rules to use your own CLID/'presentation number', it should only ever be a number allocated to the calling party.
    http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/telecoms/policy/calling-line-id/caller-line-id/

    This means you can be absolutely confident that anyone spoofing your number is going to be acting at best dishonestly, and are safe to block.
  • vylevyle Forumite
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    I had this happen when there were faults on my line and an engineer was doing a line check.

    Perhaps openreach was doing maintenance and doing a check?
  • roxy28roxy28 Forumite
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    I just had a call from bt messenger service that i have messages to hear, i put the phone down and checked the number and it was from my own landline?
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  • AnnabeeAnnabee Forumite
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    roxy28 - if you mean BT Answer or BT Callminder - this is normal. It does it from time to time to alert you when you have messages. Usually it does this when the message came through whilst you were actually on the line to someone else. I think it's because obviously you would not then hear the 2nd caller who left the message ringing so you wouldn't realise you'd had the call. IYSWIM.

    So really it is your own phone alerting you - nothing to worry about.
  • borntoshopborntoshop Forumite
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    Had same call today from my own number and Indian man from Market Trends

    I have successfully stopped the other calls by asking for my number to be taken off the Data Locator Groups list I was getting 5-10 calls on a bad day from Consumer Lifestyles and many more names. They all stopped completely.

    This is a new one, anybody got any ideas who sold this company our numbers and because they are hiding behind my number and is it wise to block my own number more to the point?
  • vuvuzelavuvuzela Forumite
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    borntoshop wrote: »
    Had same call today from my own number and Indian man from Market Trends

    I have successfully stopped the other calls by asking for my number to be taken off the Data Locator Groups list I was getting 5-10 calls on a bad day from Consumer Lifestyles and many more names. They all stopped completely.

    This is a new one, anybody got any ideas who sold this company our numbers and because they are hiding behind my number and is it wise to block my own number more to the point?

    Unless they asked for you by name, no-one sold your number, they simply used a list of numbers and plodded through that.
    As for blocking calls from your own number, if you have the capacity to do so, then it is a good idea, the only people that spoof numbers to be that of the callee are scammers or otherwise dodgy...
  • borntoshopborntoshop Forumite
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    Oh they are definitely dodgy,using my own number asthe dispay for an incoming call. They did ask for me by name,it was my own landline number that appeared on the screen,happened a few times.I care for my Grandmother full time and my Mum is very ill at the moment which is why am trying stop these,my heart leaps each time the phone rings at the moment.
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