Senate Passes Measure to Prevent Phone Number Spoofing by Telemarketers

HARRISBURG – Telemarketers would be prohibited from spoofing phone numbers to fool consumers under a bill approved by the Senate yesterday, according to Sen. Bob Mensch (R-24), who supported the measure.

Telemarketers frequently spoof phone numbers to make it appear as if their call originates in the same area as the recipient. Senate Bill 764 would prevent any individual or entity from engaging in caller ID spoofing in order to defraud, cause harm, or obtain anything of value from another person.

The bill includes exceptions for certain law enforcement agencies, as well as telecommunications providers offering relevant information to customers.

The legislation would also prohibit telemarketing and robocalls between the hours of 8:00pm and 8:00am.

Senate Bill 764 was sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

For more information on Senator Mensch’s legislation, visit www.senatormensch.com.  State updates can also be found on Senator Mensch’s Facebook at facebook.com/PASenatorBobMensch/ or Twitter @SenatorMensch.

CONTACT: Madison Scarfaro mscarfaro@pasen.gov  (215) 541-2388