Friday, November 18, 2016

Letter to My Congressman

The "don't call" lists which are currently supposed to prevent annoying telemarketing calls are being circumvented by use of phone number spoofing through Voiceover IP (VoIP) systems.  This prevents both ignoring calls from repeat callers, and makes it impossible to report violations of the Don't Call list.  And many of these firms are engaged in fraud, offering credit card services that they cannot deliver.

In addition such spoofing is used by people who harass by calling in false 911 calls intended to provoke police overreaction (which is commonly called "swatting" because these calls sometimes cause the SWAT team to show up).  These both waste police resources and under some circumstances may lead to loss of life.

Legislation is needed to require providers of VoIP services to put more effort into preventing spoofing of phone numbers.

I suspect such a bill would enjoy bipartisan support, because everyone is tired of these dishonest and annoying telemarketing calls.

1 comment:

StormCchaser said...

Good idea! Spam calling is a real problem. I use nomorobo on my VOIP Vonage phone, and it helps. But not they started calling my mobile.

Sigh.