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Question: Spam Group FaceTime Calls with over 32 members

Starting around 2 am this morning I began receiving group facetime calls from a mix of numbers in my contacts and random numbers I didn't have saved. Since then I've received about 7 more calls throughout the day. The calls only ring once or twice before ending. What's even more interesting is that, after going back through the numbers involved in the calls in the "recents" tab of the facetime app, there were more than the 32 total people involved with the highest being 59. The reason I think this happened is that every number was repeated once or twice. This is obviously pretty odd, and I would brush it off as spam or a prank but the fact that the same numbers were registered as being in the same call multiple times and that this caused there to be over the 32 person limit makes me think this is more than that. Anyone else have this issue or know anything about it?

iPhone XR, iOS 13

Posted on Mar 31, 2020 11:37 PM

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You might want to consider removing your cell # from FaceTime settings but leave your Apple ID as a method of your contacts can reach you on FaceTime by entering your Apple ID. This was recommended by a senior Apple tech. My 80 year old mom is having the same thing happen to her. Apple recommends un-checking your phone number under FaceTime settings "where you can be reached" and this should stop the unwanted FaceTime group calls.


The Apple senior advisor also said to leave Feedback to Apple on what needs to be changed on FaceTime per this link:

> https://www.apple.com/feedback/


Other resources:

Recognize and avoid phishing messages, phony support calls, and other scams  

Add or remove your phone number in Messages or FaceTime  

Use FaceTime with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch 


Report Abuse to the Federal Trade Commission:

https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/


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May 8, 2020 9:44 PM in response to Moonkyboy In response to Moonkyboy

This happened to me just now!


I answered it because it’s a work phone and I’m on call. When I did, several video boxes popped up and they did have video in it. No people, just looked like walls with some art. When I realized what it was, I hung up and it called back 11 more times.

May 8, 2020 9:44 PM

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May 15, 2020 7:02 PM in response to Surfislifeforme In response to Surfislifeforme

Yes this has happened to me the last 2 nights. I had to turn off my FaceTime to make it stop. I turned FaceTime back on an hour ago, to see if it stopped and I immediately received more calls. All numbers I do not know and multiple calls successively. I am from New York so I don’t know if that matters.

May 15, 2020 7:02 PM

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Apr 5, 2020 6:53 AM in response to Aidan_mp In response to Aidan_mp

This happened to me last night around 3am! They called at least 10 times, until I turned off my FaceTime. many different numbers that I didn’t recognize. The weirdest part was when I texted “who are you” or “***” they responded with “can you join for a minute?”

I would love to know what’s up with this.

Apr 5, 2020 6:53 AM

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Jun 3, 2020 3:45 PM in response to Aidan_mp In response to Aidan_mp

I am getting this date and night. Calls text and face time from random numbers and not giving me an option to block numbers. Just to report it to junk on the iCloud. Sick to death of it. I answer one face time on it and was a young teenage girl. Other time random art on walls are creepy old men. Makes me feel sick. I do not want to be part in any of these scams or if they are trying out random numbers. But how can you stop it. Should I report to the police? How can I stop this? Please someone help me

Jun 3, 2020 3:45 PM

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Apr 5, 2020 6:53 AM in response to Aidan_mp In response to Aidan_mp

This happened to me last night around 3am! They called at least 10 times, until I turned off my FaceTime. many different numbers that I didn’t recognize. The weirdest part was when I texted “who are you” or “***” they responded with “can you join for a minute?”

I would love to know what’s up with this.

Apr 5, 2020 6:53 AM

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May 8, 2020 9:44 PM in response to Moonkyboy In response to Moonkyboy

This happened to me just now!


I answered it because it’s a work phone and I’m on call. When I did, several video boxes popped up and they did have video in it. No people, just looked like walls with some art. When I realized what it was, I hung up and it called back 11 more times.

May 8, 2020 9:44 PM

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May 15, 2020 7:02 PM in response to Surfislifeforme In response to Surfislifeforme

Yes this has happened to me the last 2 nights. I had to turn off my FaceTime to make it stop. I turned FaceTime back on an hour ago, to see if it stopped and I immediately received more calls. All numbers I do not know and multiple calls successively. I am from New York so I don’t know if that matters.

May 15, 2020 7:02 PM

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May 20, 2020 1:14 PM in response to Aidan_mp In response to Aidan_mp

This has just happened to me- a group of about 7 calling with one an American number. They’ve called about 3 times in the last hour.. blocked the numbers but still didn’t have an option to reject the call... as MrIcedTea said I decided just to turn my FaceTime off for the time being.

A quick google search bought up an article about a bug last year with FaceTime.m where callers could hearyou before you answered the call! (.https://www.techlicious.com/blog/facetime-bug-lets-people-eavesdrop/) hopefully it isn’t a similar thing

May 20, 2020 1:14 PM

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May 21, 2020 12:16 PM in response to Aidan_mp In response to Aidan_mp

Yes I’m hoping the same! But the other night, I got the calls at 1 in the morning. Then all of a sudden people that were also getting calls starting messaging in a group chat to “stop calling them”. As numbers were blocked, 2 numbers kept adding new people. I blocked those numbers and have turned off my FaceTime for the time being. It has stopped for now, but it’s freaky to me

May 21, 2020 12:16 PM

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May 28, 2020 12:16 AM in response to madpowell96 In response to madpowell96

This just happened to me! It happened at 1:40 am, and every time I was called, more and more people were added to the FaceTime. They called in a total of 5 times, so I ended up blocking all of them. Im not sure if this is a spam or some sort of prank call, but I’m gonna see if any other people, besides the people in this conversation, has had anything similar happen to them.

May 28, 2020 12:16 AM

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