New regulations will make it illegal to misrepresent your telephone number on caller IDs for criminal purposes
There is legislation on its way to becoming law, to make it illegal for anyone to use a false telephone number...maybe yours... on somebody else’s caller ID, for evil intent. But as Charles Fishburne reports, until the regulations go into effect this summer, it is happening every day, with impunity
It's called ID spoofing and it’s mostly legal.
(male voice): Welcome to spoofcard.com. Spoofcard is a service that disguises your phone number and changes it to anything you want it to be.
Apps are available on the internet and come pre-installed on some cellphones, and your phone company can’t do a thing about it.
Mitchell: Caller ID spoofing happens when a caller uses an incorrect, fake or fraudulent caller identification to hide their identity.
Harry Mitchell at Verizon.
Mitchell: Definitely a larger problem than Verizon or Cox or Comcast or any particular carrier.
Stalkers and criminals and pranksters and debt collectors and some legitimate concerns do it; they can even use your number. The new regulations make it illegal if it's done to defraud, or cause harm, or con you out of something valuable. But until then, it’s pretty much:
(male voice): Happy spoofing!
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News