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Need advice on local phone service (Other)
Lopez Island
April 30, 2019
Posted by Jackie Wolf, Lopez Island

I have had my same local phone service through Century Link for 20 years.
Today I began receiving calls which my caller ID identifies as MY OWN NUMBER and MY OWN NAME. When I called Century Link about this, they nicely explained that my number has been "spoofed", which means another person/business has found a way to make calls showing my name and number. They said there is nothing they can do about it, since the problem is not that my line has been hacked.
They sent me a very informative email explaining all the things I can do if this is happening. I can pay for a service that will block a certain number or I can change my phone number.
I do have a cell phone but do not have good cell coverage where I live down here off Burt Road near Davis Bay. So I can't rely only on a cell phone.
I would really appreciate any advice or suggestions. I don't want to change the number I have had for 20 years and I don't want to have to pay for my own name and phone number to be blocked on my own phone.
I am assuming that whoever is doing this is also calling other people who could be "tricked" into answering the call because they think it's me. Century Link said that's why they do it.
Any help is appreciated! PLEASE EMAIL me with any comments, suggestions, etc.
Thanks to Lopezians who might help.
Most sincerely,
Jackie
Email: qamar@rockisland.com


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Michael Hawk: Need advice on local phone service

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"yelling 'Take me off your effing list!' to the recording makes me feel better, but may just irritate the robot. Who knows?"

Actually, That makes the Robot happy.
Just answering a Robotcall has value.
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Cheryl Harlan: Need advice on local phone service

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Yes, this has happened to me today 3 times so far. And not answering the phone is not an option because spam or phishing calls can use up my available recording machine space. Answering the phone and yelling 'Take me off your effing list!' to the recording makes me feel better, but may just irritate the robot. Who knows? There has to be an answer to this that won't cost me money. I, too, am unwilling to give up my phone number or landline.
Dan Post: Need advice on local phone service

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Yes Jackie, we are blessed to be right here. Remember what it was like before high speed internet, hmmm, maybe it was a little better back then.
Jackie Wolf: Need advice on local phone service

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Thanks for all the responses. Seems that this is a fairly common issue, as well as the 468 numbers that are not really locals. That's been happening for several months and like everyone else here, I'm only answering the phone if I know the.... Read all
Karen Alexander: Need advice on local phone service

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Receiving a phone call FROM myself happened twice in one day about two weeks ago and hasn't happened since. Before that...within the past year ....I also began receiving calls from 468 #'s that were not Lopez folks. Now I only answer the phone.... Read all
Brenda Asterino: Need advice on local phone service

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After many problems with phone service after I moved here, I switched to VOIP which is an internet phone service. I no longer get demands to pay other people's phone bills who used to have the number. I don't get any weird or other kinds of.... Read all
Cass Clark: Need advice on local phone service

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Jackie, I no longer answer my phone because I have been spoofed so many times. If it's a legitimate caller, they will leave a message and I'll call them back. It seems to be the only recourse.
Nancy Crowell: Need advice on local phone service

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I have started receiving calls from 468 prefixes with personal names. I pick them up thinking this is someone local. Egads! Its now always a junk call. Thank you for clarifying what is going on. I have a land line and use CenturyLink.
Sue DuMond: Need advice on local phone service

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I know someone else this happened to this past week. It was 7-8 calls per day. They too got no help from Centurylink.