Rep. Trent Ashby addressed caller ID spoofing in his column this week. Taking advantage of hardworking Texans has to stop, he says. Warning of what is being called "Caller ID Spoofing."
"Another deceitful tactic used by those trying to take advantage of hardworking Texans is the practice of "caller ID spoofing." We've all answered calls from a number with a familiar area code and been frustrated when we realize that the call was just another solicitation. As technology has continued to evolve, telemarketing companies have developed strategies to use fraudulent caller identification numbers to increase connectivity with those they solicit. Given the recent rise in this deceitful practice, the Texas Legislature passed a law that will ensure the number that appears on someone's caller ID matches the number of the third party, or the entity that has contracted with the third party for the solicitations purpose. In the event that you have blocked a telemarketing number and they've still managed to contact you, this law should help stop these phone calls by allowing the Office of the Attorney to prosecute telemarketing companies who continue to misrepresent their identity."
Ashby warns residents to not give out personal information. Hang up the phone and contact the company, or individual requesting more information in order to be sure the caller is not a scam.