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Lawmakers Propose Bill To End Spoofing

Rep Keith Faber at mic, Sen Dave Burke (left) and Rep Jonathan Dever (right)
Rep Keith Faber at mic, Sen Dave Burke (left) and Rep Jonathan Dever (right)

State lawmakers want to crack down on what’s known as “spoofing” – the practice often used by telemarketers to mislead a recipient into thinking they are answering a call from someone they know. 

Senator Dave Burke is also a pharmacist who owns a drug store in Marysville.

“My cell number is on the front of the door for after-hours emergency service," Burke says.

But lately, he says his cell has been getting calls, not from customers, but from telemarketers who use the local zip code or even identity of customers to entice him to answer.

“And I won’t even tell you how difficult it is to try to respond to constituents,” Burke says.

The bill he’ll sponsor in the Senate is also being sponsored by Rep. Keith Faber in the House. The national “do not call” list has civil penalties and is largely unenforceable, but Faber says this bill is different.

“This provides criminal penalties. It makes this a crime of identity theft,” Faber says.

Backers of the bill say technology can determine whether calls are being spoofed and who is doing the spoofing.

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