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Phone Spoofing - People keep calling me saying they got a missed call from me

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Phone Spoofing - People keep calling me saying they got a missed call from me

I have been getting calls for weeks now that they have received atleast 1 or more missed calls from my number when in fact I haven't.. did some research and its called spoofing.. wondering if any of you have experienced that and/or know any way to make it stop (other than changing my number)?
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You just got unlucky. Some telemarketer (likely a scammer) is spoofing their number with yours. They probably just picked it at random.

Side note: spoofing is illegal in Canada, with 1 exception: you are allowed to do so if you are calling from a call center as long as the number provided is a number that can be called back. But that doesn't apply here. The scammers are likely not even in Canada. It's not like the CRTC can go after them.

Only thing you can do is if this is too excessive, is to change your number.
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You haven't lived until you go to pick up a ringing phone and see your own number in the caller ID display.
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Can't you just block them?
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danned wrote: Can't you just block them?
How?

They're using the guy's number so that his number appears when they call other people. Those other people see this guy's number and call it saying they got a missed call from him when he didn't call them, the telemarketers did.
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joeyjoejoe wrote: You just got unlucky. Some telemarketer (likely a scammer) is spoofing their number with yours. They probably just picked it at random.

Side note: spoofing is illegal in Canada, with 1 exception: you are allowed to do so if you are calling from a call center as long as the number provided is a number that can be called back. But that doesn't apply here. The scammers are likely not even in Canada. It's not like the CRTC can go after them.

Only thing you can do is if this is too excessive, is to change your number.
^ This. I have a theory that if you are exceptionally nasty to an Indian telemarketer, they will use your number for their spoofing!
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I was going to create a seperate thread but looks like I can add to this.

I had a cell number that I could not stand keeping because it got literally 10 calls a day from spammers. No amount of blocking would work. I changed the number and solved the spam calls. Today I noticed someone spoofed my old cell number and left a blank voicemail on my company line.
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The trick to getting off call lists is to forward known telemarketer numbers to Lenny or a SIT tone.
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M_Matt wrote: You haven't lived until you go to pick up a ringing phone and see your own number in the caller ID display.
Quit hitting calling yourself!
danned wrote: Can't you just block them?
I mean... you could theoretically create a whitelist but that's a whole lot of work. Each time someone new that you want to call you (eg business) you'd have to add to the list.

The only "hands free" solution I can think of would be to "front" it with an IVR saying something like "My number has been spoofed. If you're actually trying to reach $name, press one." or something along those lines.
But you'd still get people pushing 1. There's no "clean" solution.
JAC wrote: The trick to getting off call lists is to forward known telemarketer numbers to Lenny or a SIT tone.
That's not the issue here. Someone used OP's phone number as the origination for telemarketing calls.
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joeyjoejoe wrote: You just got unlucky. Some telemarketer (likely a scammer) is spoofing their number with yours. They probably just picked it at random.

Side note: spoofing is illegal in Canada, with 1 exception: you are allowed to do so if you are calling from a call center as long as the number provided is a number that can be called back. But that doesn't apply here. The scammers are likely not even in Canada. It's not like the CRTC can go after them.

Only thing you can do is if this is too excessive, is to change your number.
Not quite correct. It is illegal for a telemarketer to spoof a number, https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/trules-reglest.htm. The penalties, however are an Administrative Penalty only. I, myself can spoof a number and in the past did so regularly. (Mostly to call back unknown callers using the number they used to call me).

EDIT - To clarify - If the number I do spoof to call back belongs to an innocent third party then I am done and do not bother that person again other than to advise them their number has been spoofed. If the caller leaves me another number then that is the number I will spoof and most likely will include in my submission to the CRTC/Fraud Centre, etc along with call logs and recordings.
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BargainHunterCan wrote: I have been getting calls for weeks now that they have received atleast 1 or more missed calls from my number when in fact I haven't.. did some research and its called spoofing.. wondering if any of you have experienced that and/or know any way to make it stop (other than changing my number)?
I just got call from someone and she mentioned that she saw missed call from me ....
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ya last week i get all these calls from numbers i dont recognize telling me they had a "missed" call from me like who calls back a missed call? any ways i told the guy i did not call him then he insisted i did, so i threatened him and said STOP CALLING ME OR I WILL PHONE THE POLICE ON YOU. HE Hung up. but another jack ass called me and said I called him when in fact i did NOT. i told the guy, "are you nutz?" then he hung up. ya i dunno man it happens to everyone
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cag_73 wrote:
I just got call from someone and she mentioned that she saw missed call from me ....
Update: I called my provider TELUS and informed same. They logged ticket to investigate this and also recommended to report with Canada Anti Fraud Center
I did report through their online report option
(Reported just in case nothing get screwed up later)
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A while back I got call from my own number. LOL
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