Getting phone calls from your own number? The BBB says do not answer

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Last night, News 10’s newsroom received numerous calls from viewers who say they were getting calls on their personal phone from their number itself. 

This spam is known as “spoffing”. The numbers can appear to be a government agency or legitimate business, or the numbers can look like a local called from a friend or neighbor.

Now, it might even be your own number. 

“They have a scheme for everything. On this particular one, they are appealing to your curiosity,” says Sharane Gott with the Acadiana Better Business Bureau. 

Cell phone users in the U.S. are expected to receive 40 billion spam calls by the end of this year.

Gott says scammers have used the tactic of calling from your personal number before. It’s just another  way scammers are attempting to get personal information and money.

The BBB said there is only one way to stop robo calls. “Don’t answer the phone. Don’t give them any money and don’t give them any information. Don’t give them anything,” said Gott. 

The Federal Trade Commission does crack down on scam callers in the United States. The Better Business Bureau says most robo calls are coming from foreign countries.

The BBB says the more spam calls you answer, the more they will sell your number. AT&T suggest ignoring incoming calls and text from numbers you don’t readily recognize. 

To learn more ways for protect yourself, click here

 

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