You’ve probably gotten one – a call that appear to be from legitimate, local phone number that, when you answer, there is simply a recording telling you about something you’ve won, some sort of offer being made, or delivering some other type of message. Annoyed, maybe you hang up; intrigued, maybe you listen and select an option. Either way, when these calls are “spoofed,” legal concerns definitely arise.
On May 10, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced it had fined a Florida man a total of $120 Million dollars associated with the making of millions of spoofed robocalls. According to the FCC, the “caller ID spoofing operation” in question “made almost 100 million spoofed robocalls over three months” in violation of the “Truth in Caller ID Act.” Per the FCC, the “Truth in Caller ID Act prohibits callers from deliberately falsifying caller ID information with the intent to harm or defraud consumers or unlawfully obtain something of value.” Clearly this was a massive violation, that the FCC believed warranted a massive fine. Read the FCC’s Press Release here.
Knowledge is power when it comes to dealing with these type of issues and appropriately handling the these type of calls. To jump-start some of that knowledge on your end, the FCC has information available on its website on Spoofing and Caller ID and has issued a consumer alert entitled Protect Yourself Against ‘Neighbor Spoofing’, Scam Callers Placing Phone Calls that Appear to be Local. We’ve provided links to both for your reference and invite you to contact us if you have broader concerns.