Caller ID Spoofing Gets Banned

by • 04/20/2010 • All, Geek SwagComments (0)2470

(cell phone rings from an unknown 773 number, I pick up thinking it’s business-related)

“Good Afternoon, this is Chris”

Unknown caller: “Hi, did you just call me?”

Me: “No, I did not. What number did you see on your caller id?”

Unknown caller: (repeats my phone number)

Me: “Weird, I didn’t call anyone in the past hour.”

A couple of weeks ago, I had this conversation with numerous callers. Apparently someone was spoofing Lavalife members’ caller ids with my cell phone number.

Thankfully I won’t have to worry about receiving any more texts, picture messages, and more phone calls since Caller-ID spoofing is to be outlawed. The House of Representatives have passed a bill that bans the practice. Here’s an excerpt from the Truth in Caller ID Act of 2010 bill:

It shall be unlawful for any person within the United States, in connection with any telecommunications service or IP-enabled voice service, to cause any caller identification service to knowingly transmit misleading or inaccurate caller identification information with the intent to defraud, cause harm, or wrongfully obtain anything of value, unless such transmission is exempted pursuant to paragraph.
Truth in Caller ID Act

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