There was an article out last week about a bill proposed in Virginia that makes “spoof” calls illegal. They would become part of the Virginia Telephone Privacy and Protection Act. House Bill 2564 prohibits “any person with the intent to defraud, harass, cause harm, or wrongfully obtain anything of value, from making, placing, or initiating a call or text message or engaging in conduct that results in the display of misleading, false, or inaccurate caller identification information on the receiving party’s telephone.”
Pardon me, but why have I just assumed this was already illegal? Are you telling me that it’s legal for someone to call me on the phone, pretend to be someone they are not, and lie, harass, steal, or threaten to harm me? Please!
The article goes on to say our Attorney General, Mark Herring, is “working on the issue of spoofing by joining 34 attorneys general in asking the FCC to allow phone companies to work together to detect and block illegal spoofed robocalls.”
Are you kidding? You mean the reason the phone companies haven’t been able to stop this is because the government doesn’t allow them to work together to solve a common nuisance?
The article begins by saying “if you ever receive incessant scam calls from phone numbers that appear to have the same area code or similar phone number as yours, then you might be in luck.” I apologize for being pessimistic, but I’m not going to hold my breath.