TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Scammers who manipulate how their phone number appears on caller ID could face a $10,000 fine, under a measure unanimously approved by the New Jersey state General Assembly on Monday.
The bill would make it unlawful for any person in the state to knowingly transmit inaccurate caller ID information.
Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia (D-Hoboken) said the legislation provides consumer protection. The bill stems from constituents who reported they had received calls that they thought were from known numbers but turned out to be bogus.
The measure calls for fines of up to $10,000 for a first offense and up to $20,000 for each further offense.
It was not clear Monday how the legislation would be enforced on callers from other states.
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