Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has joined 41 other states' attorneys general in a battle against spoofing and robocalls.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai proposed adoption of new rules banning malicious caller ID spoofing of international calls and text messages. They also plan to continue to battle the "noxious intrusion of illegal robocalls, as well as malicious caller ID spoofing." The FCC will vote on the new rules Aug. 1.
“Scammers often robocall us from overseas, and when they do, they typically spoof their numbers to try and trick consumers,” Pai said. “Call center fraudsters often pretend to be calling from trusted organizations and use pressure tactics to steal from Americans. We must attack this problem with every tool we have. With these new rules, we’ll close the loopholes that hamstring law enforcement when they try to pursue international scammers and scammers using text messaging."
The FCC said they received more than 35,000 complaints about caller ID spoofing in the first six months of 2019.
Although Pai has made combating scam robocalls the FCC’s top consumer protection priority, it's an endless cycle. As soon as a stop is put to one scam, criminals come up with another. But, we applaud the effort.
You should use common sense if you choose to answer a call from out of state or a call from a number you don't know. Don't give out ANY personal information. And don't send anyone any money on a gift card — period. No legitimate business will ask you to pay with a gift card. It can save a lot of heartache.
For tips about about handling robocalls and spoofing, go to https://www.fcc.gov/scam-robocalls.