"Somebody had spoofed my number and was using it to make telemarketing calls," he said.
For three days, Stoecker said, he was flooded with calls from people telling him to knock it off. He contacted his phone company, AT&T, to ask for help. But a service rep said the company was powerless to do anything.
Stoecker called the FCC but was again informed that there was nothing anyone could do. Under the terms of the Truth in Caller ID Act, he was told, spoofing is illegal only when it's done "with the intent to defraud, cause harm or wrongfully obtain anything of value."
Stealing someone's phone number, or misrepresenting yourself with a fake number, apparently is not seen as an act of fraud under the law.
The FCC advises consumers never to give out personal information to people who call their home. AT&T offered me the same advice.
For his part, Stoecker believes the law should be tightened to make all acts of spoofing illegal except for a narrow set of circumstances, such as those involving victims of domestic violence.
He also said phone companies should make clear to customers that caller ID is not a foolproof weapon against telemarketers and other unwanted phone visitors.
"I pay extra every month for caller ID," Stoecker said. "But what's it actually good for?"
Other than the fun of believing you're being called by Justin Bieber? Not much.