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Old 06-01-2020, 11:14 AM
 
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Caller ID spoofing is legal in most cases but it shouldn't be. When you think of the original idea of caller ID - if advertisers and crooks can do it, there is almost no point in having caller ID.

And telemarketers always do it. They also make it seem like they are calling from my own area code, so I will think it's somebody nearby. But they do this so much, it just tells me it's somebody I don't know.

Are the laws different if someone is calling from outside the US? If so, they need to work on that too.

The govt needs to write new laws about it or they need to enforce the laws more. I have a right to know who is calling me. It does work if a real friend is calling me.

I started reporting spam calls on a site called Report Unwanted Calls. You tell them the number that called, your own number and the time and date. I have no idea if it will help.
Spoofing should be illegal. I really don't see any legitimate reason to spoof your number, block it yes, spoof it no. You can download an app to send all calls except contacts to your voice mail (cell phone) or if you have a home phone you might go to nomorobo.com and sign up. Free for home phones and probably gets about 80-90% of these calls.
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Old 06-01-2020, 11:24 AM
 
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Spoofing should be illegal. I really don't see any legitimate reason to spoof your number, block it yes, spoof it no. You can download an app to send all calls except contacts to your voice mail (cell phone) or if you have a home phone you might go to nomorobo.com and sign up. Free for home phones and probably gets about 80-90% of these calls.
No, there's no legitimate reason for it, any more than there is for spam email, crap bulk mailings and flyers stuck in your front door. But to summarize what I've said, it's a very weak system never intended for third-party access and there is likely no technical way to fix it; the laws and regulations have piled up with little or no effect except to ensure that spam calls are from the lowest, skankiest levels of caller.

If your landline/home phone provider doesn't offer a full range of tools to manage unwanted calls (and all other phone service features), you need to switch. Plain Ma Bell service with a few star codes is twenty years out of date.
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Old 06-01-2020, 03:48 PM
 
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Caller ID spoofing is legal in most cases but it shouldn't be. When you think of the original idea of caller ID - if advertisers and crooks can do it, there is almost no point in having caller ID.

And telemarketers always do it. They also make it seem like they are calling from my own area code, so I will think it's somebody nearby. But they do this so much, it just tells me it's somebody I don't know.

Are the laws different if someone is calling from outside the US? If so, they need to work on that too.

The govt needs to write new laws about it or they need to enforce the laws more. I have a right to know who is calling me. It does work if a real friend is calling me.

I started reporting spam calls on a site called Report Unwanted Calls. You tell them the number that called, your own number and the time and date. I have no idea if it will help.
There are no laws prohibiting advertising a different number. I work for a telephone company and as long as they send us the real number from their real location to authenticate the call (in a certain space called a Diversion header) they are allowed to "advertise" any number when making outbound calls.

This was originally put in place so that you could make it look like you were "calling from" a toll-free number, when toll-free is an inbound-only product.

Technicalities aside, the way we are addressing robocalls is not effective. The solutions I have fall on deaf ears, yet would be 100% effective and eventually (and legally) put the spammers out of business.
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