Its a scam of some sort ...
(1) all of the cell phones I've had have had a setting which told me
what it's number was. They also have embedded IDs. All a finder has to
do is take the cellphone to any local phone store, and ask them to
return it. The phone companies have enough information to comply;
though their customer service may be lacking. (Apple has implemented a
"find my iPhone" feature; I'd suspect many other carriers can do the
(2) a google search for "lost cell phone scam" bring up the following
list of 10 top scams !
This does, as was suggested, sound like a "cloning" scam. I'd suggest
the "clone" owner talk to the phone company to get a phone change ...
Quoting Neil Manders <[log in to unmask]>:
> I got a call from some last night who said that he found a cell phone and
> it had my number in it. (I don't own a cell phone but my kids do). He was
> calling from Eugene Or. where the only relatives we have there are my son
> and his wife. He listed off a bunch of names in the contacts and they
> indeed matched known contacts within our family (other daughters, parents,
> an aunt etc. I gave him my son's number to call since I thought it might
> be his wife's phone (due to some of the contacts were leaning her way).
> Shortly thereafter, I got a call from my daughter-in-law who the finder
> had talk to and she confirmed that the contacts appeared to be a
> combination of both her phone and her husband's phone (my son). they have
> separate phones and separate numbers.