A loophole in the Truth in Caller I.D. Act of 2009 is allowing scam artists to use false or misleading information.
U.S. Senator Deb Fischer says a retiree in Hastings was tricked into giving her bank account information when her caller I.D. showed it was someone with the federal government calling.
Fischer says more recently, someone tried to commit fraud by using the Omaha FBI Office as their caller I.D. display.
“This fraud has to be stopped,” Fischer told reporters during a conference call, “and that’s why I was very proud to introduce the Spoofing Prevention Act, which would close loopholes in our law that are allowing predators to harass innocent victims.”
Fischer says the bill would close existing legal loopholes that allow fake caller I.D. information via text messages, internet phone services, and international calls.
“Often used to gain sensitive financial information from others, it particularly affects veterans and the elderly and it needs to stop,” Fischer says.
The bill’s other co-sponsor is Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida.