Is it possible for someone to have hacked my phone plan/number and be using it?

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So about a couple years ago I got a phone, new company, new contract, and new phone number. I got a decent amount of texts at first for a person who we’ll say is named Gary. Not super unusual for a new number though. As time went on the amount of texts and calls for Gary from friends and family grew farther in between, with just occasionally popping up. Have been consistently getting calls from what seems to be a bank and the government due apparent fraud or something though. Never found receiving these all suspicious until maybe a few months ago, when I got added to this group chat with a bunch of random numbers. After a bit I figured it was Gary’s friends and family again, somehow thinking I was him. After about 2 years, his close family and friends would have definitely known that wasn’t his number anymore. That freaked me out, so I tried calling my phone company. They ask for the info for the ID’s on my account, I give them the first one. No problem. But after I try giving them the second one, they tell me that’s not the card. They say it’s a Permanent Residency Card or something. I live in Canada. I was born in Canada. I’ve never even been out of Canada before. That is not my card, and I did not put it on my account. So I try to go into one of the stores personally, they call the head office. Same thing. They won’t give me any information because I don’t know the numbers on a card I never had. They wouldn’t even tell me if the name on the card was Gary. Anyways the guy at the shop was apologetic, but he didn’t think there was anything for me to be concerned about. Flash forward to tonight, two numbers are spam calling me. One comes up with the same last name as Gary. So I message the numbers, finally asking directly if he’s somehow just gone two years not telling his brother his new number. His brother says he’s “missing” and that’s he’s been gone for a few weeks but that this was his last number of contact. Now I don’t know if his brother is lying or what, but something doesn’t add up here. Could he somehow be on my account and sharing my number with me? I don’t think I’ve ever met this dude in my life before, if that matters.
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  • ToddN2000
    It may be possible. A lot of people and places never seem to update the phone lists. WE used to get call at our home for a Mrs, Johnson. We asked the caller what number they were calling and it was our number. We told them she does not live here and that was not the name of the former owners of the house either.. it had to be at least 12 years and were still getting calls from places like pharmacies, registry of motor vehicles, insurance companies and a few credit card companies... We kept telling them that had the wrong number but the call still came for about another year or two.. It may also be that someone does not want to be bothered by phone calls and is just using your number when filling out forms.  Like when a person you meet in a bar gives you a fake number. 
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  • TheRealRaven
    I got a call for "Sammy" last week. It's been almost 19 years since we first were getting calls for her. This was a call from a landscaper to let her know that he'd be able to continue 'on Wednesday'.

    Nothing can be done about it for you from here. If your phone provider won't do anything, you have two general options. First is to close the account open a new one. Second is to work through whatever government agency is charged with overseeing this type of business as well as possibly your representatives in government.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    It may be possible. The story is a long time back. Yes, someone who is close to you or at least got your phone no or account details everything is possible. Today's technology is high on demand. So, it is possible to track any person only know by phone no etc. Have you updated your phone's OS? Is the all necessary apps are up to date?
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Please check this link, this can clear some concepts, https://support.apple.com/en-in/HT201954
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  • ToddN2000
    @JustConfused: What make and model phone is it? They can all have their own quirks.

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  • Subhendu Sen
    Here is a also a good help from Android, https://support.google.com/android/?hl=en#topic=7313011
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  • carlosdl
    Is there a reason for not closing that account for good and opening a new one, as suggested by Raven (the real one)?
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