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Topic: Telemarketers using YOUR cell number
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3/21/2014 3:23:20 PM
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Mar 2012
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Telemarketers using YOUR cell number

Has anyone else experienced any phone calls that have a name and number show up for call display (usually a local number), but when you pick up it is a telemarketer....";:you''ve won a cruise";:, or ";:you have won 10,000 airmiles";:  
I have called the number back that shows up on my call display a few times, just to let them know, and they are apologetic but it''s not their fault. Today, I was the one that got that call back.  
I called Rogers to find out what I can do and all the girl said was that I can change my number. Has anyone else done anything? How can you stop these people from using your number?


3/21/2014 3:41:46 PM
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Nov 2013
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Changing numbers won't help

The robo caller would start at xxx-0001 then work it's way up to xxx-9999.


3/21/2014 4:05:49 PM
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Jun 2010
Total posts:236
This topic...

Has been discussed lots in several threads over the past few months! Somehow people are piggy backing cell numbers.


3/21/2014 9:18:41 PM
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Oct 2009
Total posts:178

ifun said "The robo caller would start at xxx-0001 then work it's way up to xxx-9999. "

these days you Can have a cel, unlisted home number, unlisted internal office number, it doesn't matter. The autodiallers WILL find you. No way to stop it.


4/12/2014 2:32:46 PM
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Oct 2010
Total posts:77

Robo caller lol.  
Autodialer on a proxy internet connection. Creat a contact on ur phone. Block it put ringtone to none. Add every spam u get. Done


4/12/2014 4:29:50 PM
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Mar 2012
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I don't mean that they call your cell phone, I mean that they are using your phone number to call other people. I know you can't stop them from calling your cellphone but how do they use your caller ID and phone number to call others?  
What looks like a local call comes in, shows caller ID as SAM BAKER (just as an example) phone number shows up as a local number 204-729-0000 ( again, just an example) so you answer it and it ends up being a robotic "you've won..........." . So you hang up, and when you call back the number it actually does belong to Sam Baker, and he didn't place the call.


4/12/2014 4:39:36 PM
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Jan 2009
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They use a software that allows them to spoof the number they are calling from.  
Not only do they use a person's active phone number, but they also use disconnected numbers (that when you call the number back, it says the number is not in service).  
And there are Apps out there that allow regular joes spoof their numbers as well. Also lots of places on the internet (most times though, those are "prank joke" sites that you can send to your friends).  
Of course, not all telemarketers are like this Some of us are nice and don't spoof numbers.


4/12/2014 5:40:46 PM
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Apr 2010
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Kinda scary

To think that people can do that and it isn't illegal. I bought some clothing at a local store and they asked for my phone number, at the time I didn't think much about it but found out why they did that when a few weeks later I began receiving a mass amount of telemarketing calls. I've also registered on a website for the peel and win cards some stores give out and before long my in box was packed.


4/12/2014 5:48:19 PM
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May 2007
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I had someone local call me last week and when I answered they said I had just called them when my phone was away and definitely most certainly did not call them. I wonder now if this was the case.


4/12/2014 9:31:49 PM
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Aug 2008
Total posts:7093
Stealing Identification

This is the equivalent of stealing identification and the people doing it should be charged.  
If I walk into a public area and claim to be SAM BAKER (for example), I could be charged with fraud and impersonating. Why is it okay if the internet is used? It is just as illegal and there should be something done about this.  

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