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NCSAM: your own phone number calling

I want to put my own NCSAM post up, and maybe others have seen this. Since last Friday, I’ve seen my own telephone number call me. Yesterday, I decided to answer it, just to see what it was about.

“Hello, this is Anna from Microsoft,” it said. “We’ve been trying to reach you. Your IP will be shut down due to violations,” it continues and it says that I should press 1 to speak to a representitive.

I’m saying it, because it was a TTS engine, not a real girl. I knew this. I also knew that Microsoft, along with most major businesses, don’t call you for things of this nature. If they were going to shut off your IP, I’m sure an investigation would be involved, and maybe an investigator at your place of residents or business. They wouldn’t actually shut off your IP, they’d actually discontinue your internet service, or even seize your computer.

To clarify, Microsoft can’t shut down your IP or your Internet service, that would be with the provider you’re with such as AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, or any others across the country I’ve not mentioned. Microsoft, as most know, is a company developing software. They’ve help investigate suspicious activity, but they themselves can’t shut you down. I’m sure you can find on your own, articles where Microsoft may have had a hand in investigations where their networks were used, or other things of that nature.

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The first call, came in Friday afternoon as I was going from the underground portion of the train station to the street to catch a bus to continue my journey home. The second call came in some time later. I believe I’ve had a couple of others before yesterday, all displaying my own cellular telephone number.

I figured since no voice mail was left, then I wasn’t dealing with it. When you call your own cell number, you’re actually connected to the voice mail platform to check voice mail.

I’m confident it was one of these things to try and get personal information out of me, but I wasn’t biting. Now that I heard what it had to say, I’m hoping I don’t see that again.

  • Phishing and social engeneering happen through voice and text.
  • Text even SMS can contain links to places that may be questionable.
  • Telephone calls may say they’re from a prominent company, and tell you a story about something like the above, and get you to connect with someone.

I’ve never seen this, and I thought, why not write my own NCSAM post? The phone is just as valuable now as the Internet, as the phone also connects to the Internet, whether its yours or the network of your provider that you pay for your phone.

Your thoughts are welcome. Let me know what you think.


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NCSAM: your own phone number calling was released on October 3, 2019 at 12:00 pm by tech in security news and commentary.
Last modified: October 3, 2019.


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