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My family has landline phone. We have had the same phone number for 19 years. When we first came to the U.S. there seemed to be a problem with our phone line: when one picks up the phone handset you hear a radio-like chatter. We did not speak English well at the time, so we never contacted our phone company. Anyhow, the phone companies changed but our phone # remained the same. We changed the phone device and the chatter disappeared. However, strange things would happen in intervals--some times years apart. Mainly, we would receive phone calls from our own phone number. The caller ID shows our phone number. Now I know that a cell phone may have a technical problem and would start to dial either itself or other numbers. Again, ours is a landline phone.
One strange event:
Years ago, no one was home. Dad was working, and mom and I were out to the bank. When I returned home there was a voicemail from my uncle who sounded upset. I called him back and he said: "Why did you call me? You spoke only English, introduced yourself as Mindy and wanted to talk to your father?" It was a rather strange accusation. However, my uncle had proof: his caller ID showed that someone called from our number.
Since then, "Mindy" never called again anyone that I know about, but on occassion we would receive a call from our phone. Some "suspects" on my list include:
1. A phone line with the same number: wouldn't the phone company notice this? Wouldn't the other party also notice and contact someone?
2. Some is hacking my phone: can landline phones be hacked? I know there are special cards one can buy and do prank calling. Certainly, my family and I are have not been immune to prank calls over the years. But doesn't everyone get those?
3. Government is spying: this one is the weakest option I believe in because the government has such sofisticated technology, why would they be so obvious?
4. Something is wrong with my phone: maybe I need to buy a new one. However, the strange thing is that the phone # has always produced strange occurances (from "Mindy" to radio-like chatter we've experienced). And, the mysterious phone calls do not happen all the time. I would imagine that if there is a technical issue with the phone, the phonecalls from our phone # would be more frequent?
Your thoughts? I am leaning toward #2 and #4. What would you do in my situation? I plan to call Verizon Customer Service on Friday.
It sounds like it could be spoofing your number. Google the term to better understand the process. This has been the method used by unscrupulous scammers, debt collectors and telemarketers.