MrYeahbut needs phone help

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  1. puckhead

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    It's done out of love. :)

    If it makes you feel any better, we can't get my wife's Android phone to even ring anymore. :billthecat:
     
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    But it's just so damn catchy!
     
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    So, some guy called me and said, hey I just got a spam call for cruise line from this number. Just wanted to let you know that your phone number has been hacked. Hmmm. I'm sure this is possible because I get spam calls from local #s. Do these guys ever quit preying on geezers like me??

    If my number has been hacked is there anything I should do?

    I await the requisite smart ass answer from @puckhead.
     
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    Call your member of Congress.

    I know at least some of them have programs built to protect seniors from fraud.
     
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    Thanks, I'll do just that. I am also curious as to how calls not made by me show up an incoming call on someone else's phone. How is it pirated? Any ideas? If the hackers have a way to use a specific number to make spam calls, what problem would they have with stealing numbers from the average Joe, not just senior citizens?

    I don't get many incoming spam calls, a couple a month, but my wife gets 4or5 a day.
     
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    It's no fun if you want me to give you a smart ass answer. :mulli:
     
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    They're not really hacking you. They're spoofing the caller ID, which is legal in certain situations. They usually set it up so that it shows up as a local number to whoever they're calling, and it would hopefully entice the person to answer the phone. It just so happens that your phone number was used for that particular call or day. Other than that, I don't think they know anything about the owner of the number they're using.

    There's not much that can be done about this, unless you want to have fun wasting their time like "Lenny" does. He likes to talk to all kinds of telemarketers.

     
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    @Skratchy_Seal ok, I guess spoofing #s is what's happening. I'm not tech savvy enough to get how it's done and I don't get how that could be legal.

    Thanks
     
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    The same thing happens to me as well. When I have a call from the same first 6 digits, I don't answer.
     
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