Thompson Bill Exposes the Source of Nuisance Phone Calls

In a politically charged event, heavy on testimonies sticking it to Governor Phil Murphy on the millionaire’s tax while heaping praise on legislative leadership, the senate today affirmed $38,748,610,000 in state funds for the NJ state budget for fiscal year 2019-2020.

Thompson Bill Exposes the Source of Nuisance Phone Calls

Spoofing Tactics Used by Telemarketers Would be Banned

Legislation introduced by Senator Sam Thompson would hang up the phone on telemarketers hiding their identities by spoofing the name or phone number displaying on caller ID.

“Telemarketers have mastered technology that allows them to interrupt our lives with phone calls that hide their true identities,” said Thompson (R-12). “We’ve all gotten the calls from numbers that appear to be from local exchanges, or even seem to originate from our own cell phones. This is an invasion of privacy, and it will be prohibited under my bill. It will protect consumers from the onslaught of unwanted calls.”

Thompson’s measure (S-1426) would stop marketers from placing calls that fail to provide the name of the company, or making a call or text message that displays false or misleading caller ID information.

“Spoof calls are increasing. The phone rings and you have no idea who is on the other end of the line,” Thompson noted. “These marketers shouldn’t be able to hide their names or locations. This bill will remove the anonymity and people will know exactly who is on the line before they decide to answer the call or ignore it.”

Thompson’s bill also provides that a person who manipulates a caller ID service is guilty of a disorderly person offense, punishable by a prison term up to six months or a fine up to $1,000.

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