How Can I Receive Calls From My Own Number?

I can't ignore my phone. I'm receiving too many important calls, just now. Along with those calls, I'm receiving a lot of telemarketing calls. Thank goodness for caller ID.

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I have noticed a new trend with telemarketers. They somehow route their calls in such a way that a local (probably unused) number will show up on your caller ID. That would cause some to think the call was from someone nearby.

Today, I see yet another new trend. I have received three calls so far today with the caller ID showing my own number. On the third call, I used the return call feature. Sure enough, the line was busy. (My name also appeared on the ID. I thought this odd as the phone number is not listed in my name).

I was wondering how commonplace this tactic is. It's new to me, but I'm curious as to how many other members are dealing with this issue.

While writing this question, I also did some research and was able to find an answer. I still think the information I found is important enough to pass along to the rest of you.

Here is the link.

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April 16, 20190 found this helpful

With that extension, I didn't think the link would go live. You can highlight the link, right click and select 'Open link'. No need to copy and paste.

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April 17, 20190 found this helpful

Thanks for providing that informational link, it works now. I think that extension needed actual coding to work with our system.

I have received calls from myself before. I never pick them up. I also get all sorts of calls that start the same as my number and look like they are in the local area. I don't pick these up anymore either. This has resulted in me missing calls from my sons who borrowed a friend's phone to ask for a ride occasionally. It's frustrating but it's a fact of modern life, like spam in your inbox. I add numbers to the National Do Not Call list but you can hardly do that to your own number.

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April 16, 20190 found this helpful

Thanks for sharing! Yes! This drives me bonkers. It does feel very Twilight Zone to see my own number. They phish many local numbers including doctor and hospital numbers. Those are the worst because we have elderly family and friends who could be calling from a doctor or hospital to notify us of an issue. If these scammers would put their creativity to good use, the world would be so much safer and nicer.

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Blessings!!

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April 17, 20190 found this helpful

I think the carriers need to get on the ball. It shouldn't be too hard to block incoming calls that show your own number in caller ID. What really bothers me is that my name was associated with my number. I know of no public records where my name is connected to my phone number. I can only guess that the scammers have somehow breached my online privacy. This is scary. I wonder what else they know.

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April 17, 20190 found this helpful

I've really not looked into this but it could be that it is showing that it is coming from you because your own phone identifies that number as yours. If it is a land line, I would be concerned.

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