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FCC Ups Penalties For Caller ID Spoofing 68

GovTechGuy writes "The FCC adopted new rules on Thursday that would significantly increase the penalties for individuals or organizations that alter their caller ID information to commit fraud or with other harmful intent. The new rules allow the FCC to fine violators $10,000 per violation plus more for every day it continues. Users can still change their caller ID info as long as it's not for fraud or harmful purposes."
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FCC Ups Penalties For Caller ID Spoofing

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  • by bill_mcgonigle ( 4333 ) * on Thursday June 23, 2011 @01:55PM (#36544236) Homepage Journal

    The FCC is supposed to be regulating the telcos, not the People. That's supposed to take an Act of Congress.

    We already have fraud statutes - they should be used.

  • FCC fail (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 23, 2011 @02:20PM (#36544696)

    The FCC missed the opportunity to stop this crime wave against, mostly, elderly semi-disabled seniors in their kitchens. The FCC could easily have said that a local phone company that "knows" (because of complaints or otherwise) it is delivering spoofed cid calls can be held liable. Instead, this lame rule perpetuates the current model -- the phone company gets paid for terminating calls, turns a blind eye, and large numbers of old people who have never even used a computer get whacked by spoofers.

  • It doesn't matter (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Trailer Trash ( 60756 ) on Thursday June 23, 2011 @03:15PM (#36545556) Homepage

    I get sometimes 3 or 4 calls in one day from "Account Services", a scam company that tries to get credit card info from people. I'm on the do-not-call list, and they sometimes even call my cell phone. They do robo calls and they spoof caller id. It's illegal in many different ways.

    But I can't get the FCC to pay any attention to them, and I've tried.

    They might as well up the penalties to $5 Trillion + death penalty. It doesn't matter. If you're not going to enforce it the actual penalty is irrelevant.

Were there fewer fools, knaves would starve. - Anonymous