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What does it mean when caller id only displays three digits and nothing else?

Asked by AshlynM (9348points) May 2nd, 2014

I think it’s the area code but it could be a country code as well. It wasn’t a full number that displayed but only 502. Nothing else. I’ve had calls that said number unavailable or private but this is new to me.
I didn’t answer it, they didn’t leave a message and I did put the number in my reject list because I thought it might be a scam or something.
Has this happened to anyone else?

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ucme's avatar

Not sure, but when a call comes through as unavailable I don’t answer & say to myself, “yes, yes I am”

AshlynM's avatar

I have never see a three digit number make calls but I have a feeling it’s just a scam.

LuckyGuy's avatar

It is a way for scammers to get around some call blocking features. A simple call blocker will not ring your phone if the ID is blank, Private, or Unavailable. By putting in some digits they pass that hurdle.
Don’t answer. If it is important they will leave a message.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Lots of ways to “fake” caller ID – depends on the way that the caller’s settings (or switchboard) was set up. Some VOIP providers even give their customers the ability to “spoof” callerID. Not for nefarious purposes, but rather as a convenience.

So either someone screwed p their personal settings by accident, or (as others have said) it may have been intentionally someone trying to do telemarketing.
In any event, ignore it.

Pachy's avatar

I get weird numbers on my CallerID all the time. I just ignore the calls.

Seaofclouds's avatar

Sometimes the odd numbers can be legit. When my husband was deployed overseas, a 4 digit number would display on my caller ID when he called. It was just how the phone system was set up.

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