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Boback Introduces Package to Protect Citizens from Fraud
2/14/2011

Amid reports that smart phones are outselling personal computers for the first time, Rep. Karen Boback (R-Columbia/Luzerne/Wyoming) today announced that she has introduced two bills to protect citizens from fraud committed with the use of advanced communication technology.  House Bill 529 would establish penalties for the practice of “spoofing,” and House Bill 530 would prohibit the unauthorized installation of spyware onto cell phones. 

“The Legislature must be constantly vigilant in updating the laws to reflect the latest scams so our citizens do not become the victims of fraud,” said Boback.  “Technology is advancing at an astounding pace, and there are criminals working day and night to use this progress to deceive honest, law-abiding citizens.  It is up to us to ensure these criminals face justice for their attempts to con the public.” 

House Bill 529 would ban spoofing, which is the practice of altering caller identification information displayed on a telephone.  The tactic is used to lull the call recipient into believing a telephone call is coming from a legitimate business in order to garner sensitive or confidential information.  The legislation would define the offense as a misdemeanor and could carry a fine of up to $2,500 and up to one year in prison for a first offense. 

House Bill 530, which is similar to Boback’s House Bill 3 from last session, would make it illegal to install monitoring or tracking software onto the cell phone of another person.  The legislation would exclude cell phone manufacturers, service providers, police and parents who are authorized account holders.  If the bill becomes law, violators could be subject to up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. 

House Bill 529 is awaiting consideration by the House Judiciary Committee, while House Bill 530 is before the House Consumer Affairs Committee. 

Information about Boback and her legislative activities is available at RepBoback.com and Facebook.com/RepBoback

State Representative Karen Boback
117th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Nicole Wamsley
nwamsley@pahousegop.com
717.783.8063
RepBoback.com
Facebook.com/RepBoback

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