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I just got a call from a man claiming that I call him several times a day, but I've never called him in my life. What could be the issue?

Asked by Fly (8682 points ) August 1st, 2013

Obviously, I’m a little concerned about this. He didn’t say what the caller said, if anything, just that he didn’t know why I was calling him 3–4 times a day and that it needed to stop. I checked my recent calls to be sure, and I can say with absolute certainty that the calls aren’t coming from my phone.

Assuming that he’s telling the truth (I don’t see why he wouldn’t be) and that he didn’t get the number wrong, what could cause this? Is it possible that my phone was hacked? And most importantly, is there anything I can do about it? (I have an iPhone, if it makes a difference.) I downloaded a reputable security app that says that my phone is secure, but I’m not totally convinced. Any help or advice would be appreciated!

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seekingwolf's avatar

I have had this happen to me. I calmly explained to him that I never had called him and that someone must have been “spoofing” my number. Calls can be spoofed so that it looks like the call originated from a different number, usually a random one. Looks like you just got unlucky.

Luckily, it was was a guy calling the man who called me, an I’m female, so he took me at my work and apologized for calling me and I never heard from him again.

Fly's avatar

@seekingwolf Yeah, I considered spoofing as a possibility but I want to make sure it’s nothing serious, just in case. I think it just startled me a bit, since I had an issue with my e-mail address not too long ago. Luckily he was very nice, he apologized and said he would try calling the phone company to see what’s up.

Rarebear's avatar

Call the police.

augustlan's avatar

That worries me, and I’d make a note of the number he called you from for future reference. @Rarebear, is there a specific reason you advise her to call the police? (I’m her mom, and want to know if my worries are justified.)

@Fly Did you tell your dad?

Tropical_Willie's avatar

It’s probably Spoofing, there was a case of a lady ( I think was Oregon) that some “credit interest improvement plan” was using her phone number.
Poor soul got all kinds of irate calls.

seekingwolf's avatar

Please don’t call the police. It’s a waste of their time and they won’t be able to do anything.

Rarebear's avatar

@augustlan Because it’s creepy, scary, and she obviously now feels unsafe.

Fly's avatar

@Rarebear I don’t think that it warrants calling the police. I’m not really worried about the guy who called me, he seemed normal and he ended up being pretty nice about it. At least for now, I have no reason to really worry about him. I’m more concerned about the security of my phone and my information, which the police obviously wouldn’t be much help with.

I was initially pretty alarmed by it, but unless there are further issues, I’ll probably just chalk it up to spoofing and let it go for the time being. I didn’t think about it at the time, but part of the problem was probably that I have a phobia of talking on the phone, particularly of getting irate calls like that, so it probably scared me more than it should have. Thanks @all for the advice!

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