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Congress Moves to Outlaw Caller ID Spoofing

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Apr 14, 2010, 1:58 PM   by Philip Berne
updated Apr 14, 2010, 1:59 PM

The House of Representatives today passed the Truth in Caller ID Act, H.R. 1258, an amendment to the Communications Bill of 1934. The Senate passed the bill this past February, so now it moves to the President for signing. The bill makes it illegal to falsify caller ID information. The tactic, known as spoofing, had become popular among criminals, and last year a criminal ring defrauded victims of $15 million using the tactic, according to Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY). The bill specifies that blocking a caller ID service is still legal, but misrepresentation over caller ID will bring civil and criminal penalties.

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source: Rep. Eliot Engel

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dnbstyle29

Apr 14, 2010, 5:43 PM

I guess I should de-install that "Spoofcall" app on my G1

It was fun while it lasted....
dnbstyle29 said:
It was fun while it lasted....


🤣 Your going to be looking over your shoulder for the rest of your life now. Best to turn yourself in and stop running 🤣
scorpio

Apr 14, 2010, 4:05 PM

Congress is a joke!

What about, truth in media, truth in advertising, truth in banking, etc?
....or truth in the White House?!
flip mode

Apr 14, 2010, 5:15 PM

oh give me a freakin break

i have spoof apps on my phone and my friends and family get a kick out of them when i call. this is unjust and illegal, always taking fun stuff away from people. i bet bill collectors can still use these tactics and congress will over look it probably. its all a sham
not to mention spoof apps are an excellent way to call someone about a car on craigslist for instance and you just want information or an unknown number back without revealing it was you calling back. it's another protection of privacy, that's all.
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It's an unknown number with all zeros and stuff.
justfinethanku

Apr 14, 2010, 2:17 PM

how would you prosecute?

Can these kind of calls even be blocked?????
It would be difficult to say the least... if someone spoofs you, the call log at your carrier shows the spoofed number, not the real number.
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so lets see.. like when the kindnappers or the bombers make the call to the victims family and spoof the number, you think big brother dont have the ability to figure out where its really comming from?

if you call info that at least details origin ...
(continues)
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smoke915

Apr 15, 2010, 8:06 AM

*****

🤣 these are just people that complain because they get fooled, but if the joke wasn't on them they would'nt be crying spoofing is fun at a point......... but if you use a spoof app you have to think "legal" dont be doing nothing dumb that will get you caught thats just stupid there is a line between prank and felony 😁 so keep the prank calls going 😎 😎 😈 😈
Mark_S

Apr 15, 2010, 7:52 AM

Thank You

Every Day I get some falsely generated VOIP internet area code calling my phone with someone from overseas trying to sell me car insurance. Lots of the caller ID's are numbers you cannot call back to (non-servicable). This could not have come at a better time.
As well the text message spam from these morons are a pain in the neck too.
Either these calls and texts generate from prisons or fly by night companies out to scam anyone by randomly picking cell-phone numbers and bombarding them with calls and texts.
First it was landlines and now they have moved to cellphones.
Unless the subscriber has call screening on their phones or an unlimited plan, this uses up minutes and texts.
Obama hopefully uses common sense and signs this bill. 🙂
mycool

Apr 15, 2010, 6:54 AM

But...

it was so funny to call my friend from "666" after getting out of a scary movie...
tolnep

Apr 14, 2010, 8:21 PM

michelle from card services will not be pleased

i work outta my house. i get the spoof calls from 'card services' all the time.

i got the 'you need a warranty for your car' with spoofed caller ids..

if the taliban ever take over in this country, im gonna join just so's i can go to the socker field and watch 'michelle' get her fingers amputated for breaking obamic law...
stephen5688

Apr 14, 2010, 3:16 PM

And just who do they think they are going....

And just who do they think they are going to stop? The criminals! Guess what congress, criminal do not care that's why we call them criminal... 😕
🙄

Its the reason they pass the law so now its illegal and when they do catch them at least the US can penalize and convict them.
ecycled

Apr 14, 2010, 3:05 PM

my X's are gonna be smiling

no more harassing using their friends numbers.
bluecoyote

Apr 14, 2010, 2:58 PM

Out of control

It's about every day I'm getting calls from spoofed numbers advertising credit cards, auto warranties, or home refinancing. I'll call back and it'll say the number has been disconnected- or it'll go to an innocent party.
 
 
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