(WAFF) - It's happened to me twice. My home phone rings, I look at the caller I.D. and it is my own home phone! How is that possible?
I remember when I was young, in the days before Caller I.D., kids would play such phone tricks on their parents.
The kids would pick up the receiver on their home phone and quickly "dial" a few numbers, hang up and the phone would ring. Parents would answer repeatedly saying "Hello? Hello?" and kids/teens in the other room would let out loud cackles!
It was good for a few laughs.
Now, no one is laughing.
When it happens these days, the Federal Trade Commission says it is a scammer making an illegal robocall.
Here's what is posted on the consumer.ftc.gov blog:
Technology makes it easy for scammers to fake or "spoof" caller ID information. They can make it look like they're calling from a different place or phone number. Even your number. Scammers use this trick as a way to get around call-blocking and hide from law enforcement. They hope you'll be curious enough to pick up. Don't fall for it.
The real callers could be calling from anywhere in the world. We've written about these kinds of tricks before — like when scammers pretended to be the IRS and faked caller ID so people thought it really was the IRS calling.
Bottom line? These calls from your own number are illegal. Don't pick up — or press buttons to be taken off the call list or to talk to a live person. That just leads to more calls. It's best to ignore them, and move on with your day.
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