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Boback Spoofing Bill Advances to Senate

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today unanimously approved legislation authored by Rep. Karen Boback (R-Columbia/Luzerne/Wyoming) that would make it illegal for a person to purposely falsify the caller identification information displayed on a recipient’s telephone, commonly referred to as spoofing.


“People who use this technique with the intent to defraud or harass should be held accountable,” said Boback.  “There have been cases in Pennsylvania of individuals altering caller ID information so it appears that a person’s bank is phoning, making the recipient of the call more likely to provide personal and financial information.  It is the job of state government to protect citizens from these kinds of scams, and I thank my colleagues for supporting this important legislation.”


Spoofing is the practice of altering the caller identification information displayed on the receiving end of a telephone call.  The tactic is used to deceive the call recipient into believing a communication is coming from a legitimate business in order to garner sensitive or confidential information.


House Bill 529 would ban spoofing by defining the offense as a misdemeanor, which could carry a fine of up to $2,500 and up to one year in prison for a first offense.


The legislation will now go to the Senate for its consideration.


More information about Boback and her legislative priorities is available at or

State Representative Karen Boback
117th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Nicole Wamsley

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