This bill would make it more difficult for companies and scammers to trick people into answering their calls and texts.
In an attempt to avoid telemarketers and scams, many Americans use caller ID and ignore calls from unknown numbers. Some companies trick people into answering anyway (or responding to text messages), by “spoofing” their numbers to display fake information on recipient caller IDs. Some scammers alter their information to appear as though their calls and texts are actually coming from a reputable company, government agency, hospital, bank, or credit card company.
The Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009 made it illegal to spoof your number while making a phone call with the intent to defraud, harm, or wrongly obtain anything of value, as long as the caller and recipient were both located in the United States.
The Anti-Spoofing Act seeks to expand this protection by banning fraudulent spoofing via text messages and calls placed with Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services (which allow users to place calls from computers and tablets), as well as instances where the recipient is located in the United States but the caller is out of the country.
If passed, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be responsible for implementing the new rules.