Anti-spoofing move by FCC supported by Attorney General Hunter

Attorney General Mike Hunter commended the Federal Communications Commission for voting to implement rules to ban caller ID spoofing in text messages and international calls.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai originally proposed the rules to the commission in July following the recommendations of a bipartisan coalition of 42 state attorneys general, including Attorney General Hunter, in May.

The new rules amend the Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009 by implementing federal legislation passed in 2018 that makes spoofing from international call centers and text messages illegal. The act previously prohibited misleading caller ID spoofing from domestic callers only. It did not prohibit overseas calls and text messages.

The rules will also give the FCC the authority to bring enforcement actions against those sending the fraudulent text messages and making the falsely identified calls from overseas.

Attorney General Hunter commended the FCC and Chairman Pai for taking meaningful action to help consumers.

During our recent meeting, Chairman Pai said his top consumer protection priority was combatting unlawful robocalls and caller ID spoofing,” Attorney General Hunter said. “Thanks to his leadership and action taken by the FCC, progress is being made in our fight to combat these crimes that are causing real harm to Americans. These latest measures will close loopholes in the Truth in Caller ID Act and give law enforcement the ability to go after the criminals who are preying on consumers. My office remains dedicated to assisting our federal partners on this front to end these scams and better protect Oklahomans.”

According to the FCC, the scam involves fraudsters working in overseas call centers pretending to call from trusted organizations and using pressure tactics to deceive and defraud American consumers of money and personal information. Caller ID spoofing is used in these cases by the scammers to make their phone number appear to match the organization they are pretending to represent.

In the first six months of this year, the FCC has received more than 35,000 complaints about caller ID spoofing.