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Help -Cell Phones are getting hijacked –

  • The Crone (2226 posts)
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    Help -Cell Phones are getting hijacked –

    So Monday, here in No Calif.  I was expecting a friend to text me.

    Instead a local number came on my cell’s display. I didn’t recognize it, so I didn’t answer. Then it dawned on me that my friend could be calling using her friend’s phone. So I clicked and dialed, using the stored phone number of the call that came in.

    I got a guy who lived in my area code, but he had not placed the call. In fact, he works nights and had been sleeping. Only emergency calls come in from his associates during the day so he can sleep.

    He answered my call thinking it was an emergency.

    “Who are you?” he demanded.

    “Well, you called me!” I insisted. We talked a few more minutes, and as he woke up a bit, he realized that somehow someone was mirroring his phone. He said he would call Verizon, his provider and straighten it out.

    Now today I open my email and find a client of ours is reaching out to us. He lives in Colorado. Someone is mirroring his cell phone, and that of us his wife’s. There are people calling them saying “Who are you? You called me!” And also they get text messages that seem to be answering a previous text – but he has no idea of what the text message originally sent happened to be. All he knows is he doesn’t know the sender of the text or what is going on in terms of the text’s info.

    What the heck is going on? Any ideas – any solutions?

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  • Akallabeth (2229 posts)
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    1. If anybody did know, they likely would not be allowed to discuss it

    Not even by sign language.

    :(

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  • goodgirl (1888 posts)
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    2. Probably Beta-testing by the government for when they begin

    monitoring every single thing we do, plus planting things we didn’t do.

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  • Deadpool (4888 posts)
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    3. It’s called Caller ID Spoofing…

    It happens when a telemarketer disguises their name and phone number to make it look like they’re someone else.

    It’s an illegal way for deceptive telemarketers to get around the Do Not Call registry to pitch products like credit cards, mortgage help, or debt relief.

    I once had a telemarketer call me using my own phone number on the caller id.

    "I grew up with six brothers. That's how I learned to dance - waiting to get into the bathroom." -Bob Hope

    • FanBoy (4761 posts)
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      4. but neither of the parties were telemarketers, so what happened?

      • Deadpool (4888 posts)
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        5. …

        A telemarketer called The Crone masking the caller id as Guy A’s number. When The Crone called the number back, she got Guy A.

         

        Let’s say I call you. Instead of my phone number showing up on your caller id, I choose to use The Crone’s phone number.

        "I grew up with six brothers. That's how I learned to dance - waiting to get into the bathroom." -Bob Hope

        • FanBoy (4761 posts)
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          6. i'm a little slow; got it. telemarketer never connected.

          what I also want to know is: can the telemarketers call you back if you hang up on them?  I had one call me back & it was kind of weird, so I wondered about it.

          • Deadpool (4888 posts)
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            7. Sure, they can call back.

            I always bullshit with them. Make them hangup on me :lol:

            "I grew up with six brothers. That's how I learned to dance - waiting to get into the bathroom." -Bob Hope

    • PADemD (642 posts)
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      8. That happened to me around Halloween.

      I didn’t answer the phone and let the call go to voice mail, only there was no message.  The phone number was a local call, so I used White Pages to do a reverse lookup.  It was the phone number of a neighbor who died over two years ago!  I then called the phone company to let them know that someone was using the number of a dead neighbor.