Virginia lawmaker files bill to ban ‘spoof’ phone calls

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A Virginia lawmaker is trying to get rid of the annoying spam calls that pop up on your caller ID and appear to be from a familiar phone number.

You’ve heard the term before, spoofing, and now legislation has been introduced to make it illegal in Virginia.

Del. Todd Pillion (R – Abingdon) said HB 2564 would add the practice of spoofing to the Virginia Telephone Privacy Protection Act.

Kentucky lawmakers also recently introduced a bill to fine telemarketers calling from spoofed numbers.

“The measure also prohibits a person, with such intent, from displaying (a) Virginia area code on the recipient’s caller identification system unless the person making, placing, or initiating the call or text message maintains a physical presence in the Commonwealth,” the bill reads.

An act that would break this law would lead to a $500 fine. It’s the number one consumer complaint to the Federal Communications Commission with more than 200,000 illegal robocall complaints a year.

These spoofed calls are already illegal when they are trying to defraud, cause harm or obtain anything of value from you, but spoofing itself is currently not illegal.

The FCC’s number one piece of advice is if you don’t recognize the number, do not answer and report it to the Federal Trade Commission or the Federal Communications Commission.

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