Why is my phone calling itself?

Published: Oct. 27, 2017 at 7:48 AM CDT
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Picture this: You get a call, look at the caller ID, and see that your own number is calling. Weird! And you aren't alone. Hundreds of west Texans are taking to social media reporting the issue.

CBS 7 looked into and found that it’s likely a scammer making an illegal robocall.

The Federal Trade Commission reports technology makes it easy for scammers to fake or “spoof” caller ID information. They can make it look like they’re calling from a different place or phone number. Even your number. Scammers use this trick as a way to get around call-blocking and hide from law enforcement. They hope you’ll be curious enough to pick up. Don’t fall for it.

The real callers could be calling from anywhere in the world.

Bottom line? These calls from your own number are illegal. Don’t pick up — or press buttons to be taken off the call list or to talk to a live person. That just leads to more calls. It’s best to ignore them, and move on with your day.