Body of email sent to my elected federal representatives.
Check with your staff and your family members and I’ll bet that they can tell you about automated calls claiming to have reviewed their credit files and offering lower interest credit card loans…. The fact that the numbers are on the DO NOT CALL list doesn’t matter. Turns out seeing the number on caller ID doesn’t matter. Why?
The bad guys are using computers to dial over the internet with FAKE telephone numbers. Lord help the poor person whose number gets faked (it’s called spoofing) as they probably get a lot of really upset folks calling them back to speak their minds.
Basically, Verizon says they have no power to trace or block these calls. The FCC can’t do anything without a legitimate phone number.
My online research indicates that this is a NATIONAL problem and the bad guys are well aware of their illegal and irritating activities. One
posting I found basically was a repeat of my attempt to nicely ask the callers to cease and desist. The best outcome is a hang up, the common one is a laugh, and the worst one was claimed to be “you, the government and your lawyers can’t stop us!”. I can’t verify that but you get the
picture. While the lost minutes don’t amount much to me, they may for others of lesser means. The hassle of calling our carriers to report each
fake number is not worth it.
What I want you to do is to require that the cell phone carriers give us the option of blocking calls that originate over the Internet. If we want
internet calls, we’ll setup Skype or Google or Vontage to receive them if we opt into such a program. It would a nice thing for Congress to do in
an election year to show you care… And it won’t cost the government a penny!
Such a deal!