Originally Published: January 11, 2019 9:37 p.m.
Most people I know get several unwanted telephone solicitations each day even though their phone numbers are on the “do not call registry.”
They all consider this a major annoyance. You too?
Do you wonder how the telemarketers are able to get away with this?
When a telemarketer dials your number, the caller-ID that shows on your phone’s screen is nearly always a fake number, so it is impossible for you to report them to the FCC; thus, making the “do not call registry” virtually useless.
According to the FCC this “spoofing” of the caller-ID information is perfectly legal and can’t be punished as long as no harm to you is intended or caused – but isn’t invasion of our privacy a form of harm? Does a telemarketer have a unilateral right to make our phone ring? I don’t think so.
Please write to your Congressional representatives and to Mr. Ajit Pai, chairman of the FCC, at firstname.lastname@example.org, tell them to make spoofing illegal and restore the enforceability of the “do not call registry.”