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can a telephone dial itself?

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Hello and Good Evening Everyone,

            I had a bizarre incident which took place at my house last night.  My land line telephone rang and the caller ID indicated my name along with my land line telephone number.  How could that possibly happen?

           Any shared logical explanations for such a bizarre incident will be greatly appreciated.  At the present time, I am completely stumped on how a telephone could dial itself.

            Thanks

            George
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by:Farzad Akbarnejad
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Hi,
Maybe your friend save him/her  number with your Name on your Handset and call you when went. Are you answer that call?

-FA
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The problem is Caller IDs can be spoofed - with the right kit I can call your number and set the Caller ID to be the number I'm dialling.  Why bother?  Because we get enough automated calls that we set our phones (especially our cells)  to screen our incoming calls based on Caller ID (If the Caller ID is in our phonebook then the call is allowed through).  Getting your name to show just means the phone is doing its job, it looks up the name from the phonebook details you've put in!

It's not coming from your phone (the answer to your question, unless you have multiple lines into your house for the same number like a business)  a phone can't call itself.  So if you see this happening you know it's an automated scam calling you.

Google Caller ID Scams for more details.
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Here is just a second opinion:
- Even if MASQ is absolutely right, I rather believe is a random technical mistake or something like Farzad Akbarnejad mentioned.

For the proper trace of the situation, I would check first the agenda/contacts in your telephone set: Maybe you indeed saved by mistake another telephone number with your name. Then look at the hour and minute of the call. Then depending by your land line connection options, you may contact your telephone service provider and tell them the story and thy can tell you what telephone number called you for real.
For example, in my case I have the possibility to check online all my telephone calls during the last year.
Do you have such kind of connection/online account? If not, is still faster and better speaking with your service provider.
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by:nobus
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>>  can a telephone dial itself  <<  no, if you mean from the set; lifting the set makes the line busy, so you cannot call it
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by:Dave Baldwin
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It would do no good to ask your phone "who really called" because only the police can get that info with a warrant.  Phone companies are very protective of any info like that in order avoid lawsuits for revealing personal information.  And apparently they make money off those telemarketer calls with spoofed numbers.  

I have the "unidentified caller blocking" that works with 'regular' phone calls.  It doesn't work on toll-free or telemarketer calls.  When I asked about blocking those unidentified calls, the phone company rep actually go pissed that I asked.
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by:viki2000
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Something is not right.
There is also the option to block a certain number, if that bother you.
If its is hidden number and If somebody bother you regularly, then you have the right to know who, no matter if the police and service provider have to work together to find who is behind.
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you have the right to know who
That's not the way the laws are written.  Unless it gets to court, the police and the service provider are not going to tell you what they found out.
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by:viki2000
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But that's my home, I don't care is their service.
If I would feel unsecured on good reasons, then I would to the court.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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Good luck.
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It also depends where you are in the world. This practice, (called "mirroring"), is actually legal in at least US and UK so probably elsewhere too.  It only becomes illegal if it is used to commit an offence such as credit card fraud.  A telecomms provider isn't likely to be any help to you if the caller isn't breaking any laws.  Like it or not, if they are not breaking any laws they have a right to privacy too.
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And besides police and service provider, there is one more solution, expensive indeed, but sometimes may worth:
- either you install a device to monitor and record the line
- or you hire a private company to do the job for you
http://www.ads-protection.co.uk/services/teltext-tracking.html
http://www.intertel.co.za/services/tracing-phone-numbers
http://afentis.com/
http://www.investigate.co.uk/private-security/private-forensic-investigation/
http://www.investigations4u.co.uk/business-sector/telephone-number-investigations-and-telephone-forensics/
http://www.phonecallrecordingservices.com/
http://www.spyequipmentuk.co.uk/spy-phones/professional-landline-recorders

Seems legal, as long as you are the owner of the line/telephone number. The reason is clear: to find who is bugging you.
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by:GMartin
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Hello and Good Evening Everyone

             I did followup further with this concern by contacting my telephone, cable, and internet service provider AT&T at 1-800-288-2020.  A representative at AT&T informed me the call was a fraud attempt which is not good.  She further said if such a bizarre call happens 5 or more times, then, AT&T can followup with an investigation.  Since this incident only occurred 1 time, an investigation will not be needed.  Apparently, my telephone number did get hacked for some unknown reason.

            In closing, I greatly appreciate everyone's shared thoughts, tips, and suggestions for resolving this matter.  All of the feedback certainly did make sense in addition to giving me answers to how my telephone number could be hacked.  

            Thanks again everyone for your help.

            George
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