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Old Jun 10th, 2010, 05:11 PM   #1
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I'm getting a lot of wrong numbers

I've had the same cell phone number for about 6 years now.

Within the last few weeks, I am suddenly getting a lot of calls from several strange area codes... strange meaning ones I don't recognize at all, but look like the are somewhere in North America. (About 99.99% of my calls are all from Toronto or the GTA.) Always a wrong number.

Started asking people where they got my number from, and several of them say that they just got a call from my number, and they going through their missed calls to cal back. I never called them.

One person said that someone must be using a calling card and somehow it's giving my number, but I have no idea if that's true or not. Another person had dialed a number that was completely different than mine and somehow it went to me. He called it twice.

Any idea what's causing this, and more importantly, how I can stop it? I'm getting 4-5 of these a day.
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Old Jun 10th, 2010, 05:44 PM   #2
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Did you talk to your provider yet? Sounds like a nasty glitch.
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Old Jun 10th, 2010, 05:50 PM   #3
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Did you talk to your provider yet? Sounds like a nasty glitch.
Yep. Called them a couple of days ago, they'd never heard of such a thing happening.... the girl on the phone put my on hold while she talked to their tech department, and then after a minute or so the line got disconnected.

Got to busy to call them back, though I suppose I should.
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Old Jun 10th, 2010, 07:54 PM   #4
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I only use my cell phone for out going calls only,
Otherwise it is off 90% of the time.

Sure I'll surf the internet on my breaks at work,
But otherwise it's off.

Do you pay for a plan?

I pay as I go.
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Old Jun 10th, 2010, 08:18 PM   #5
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My cell phone is my work number. I never turn it off.

But I have unlimited calling on my plan.
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Old Jun 10th, 2010, 09:10 PM   #6
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Any idea what's causing this, and more importantly, how I can stop it? I'm getting 4-5 of these a day.
Ghosts in the machine. Cancel your subscription with your provider immediately.

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Old Jun 11th, 2010, 12:00 PM   #7
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Apparently your situation is quite common:

Phronk.com: The Mathematics of Wrong Numbers

Edit: Google "cell phone, wrong numbers" and you'll find plenty of people complaining about this very thing.
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Old Jun 11th, 2010, 12:42 PM   #8
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Apparently your situation is quite common:

Phronk.com: The Mathematics of Wrong Numbers

Edit: Google "cell phone, wrong numbers" and you'll find plenty of people complaining about this very thing.
I actually did google before posting.

But that doesn't explain why my number is showing up as a missed call when I didn't call them. (Or maybe some other number that's forwarding to my number... once or twice it's shown up as a forwarded call.)

I'm kind of worried that my cell phone number is somehow being used for nefarious purposes... not deliberately or anything, but that they are hiding their number and it happens to look like it came from mine I know you can make an email look like it came from anywhere. I would assume that the same is true (though more difficult) for telephony. I'm getting calls from area codes 772, 319, 858, 408, 708, 909, 630, 707, and 407, and that's just this week.

I mean, if Google Voice and MagicJack, etc., can give you a number from anywhere, what is preventing someone from hacking things so that it appears to be coming from my number?
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Old Jul 15th, 2010, 11:37 PM   #9
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Adding to the mystery...

In addition to all of these wrong numbers, I've been getting automated calls from a debt collection company who cannot find my number in their database when I call them. Well, one of these calls from them showed up on my phone as a "Forwarded number" and that got them investigating a bit more, and then finally I got an automated call from them that included a reference number--and when they looked that up, it wasn't me. Don't recall all the details, but it was some guy named Sean whose area code began with a 7.

Haven't had a phony debt collection call from them since, but it got me curious, so in these last few wrong numbers from strange places, I started asking what number came up when they called... and it was a number totally different from mine, with area code 734. This is somewhere in Michigan. I have no idea whose number this is.

Tried calling the number, and sure enough, my cell phone rang.

Contacted my provider again with the new info, and they will be looking into it. But I am hoping that this is the end of the mystery calls.

But then again, I had a number of people say they were trying to reach someone in Costa Rica, so maybe this is screwier than it appears.

The question remains... why is that number being forwarded to my phone? Pure dumb luck? Or something else.
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Sonal, let's hope it is "dumb luck" and not "something else". Bonne chance, mon amie.
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