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[multiple] [s44, 39] Sens. Steele, Waterman: Bill to Help Protect Hoosiers Against Caller ID Fraud Passes Senate
Start Date: 3/26/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 3/26/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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STATEHOUSE (March 26, 2013) – Legislation sponsored by State Sens. Brent Steele (R-Bedford) and John Waterman (R-Shelburn) to better protect Hoosiers from scammers passed the Senate today by a 47-0 vote. 

House Bill 1376 would make it a misdemeanor for someone to knowingly manipulate or block their caller ID with the intention of causing harm to, wrongfully obtaining anything of value from or obtaining personal information from the caller. This practice, commonly called “spoofing,” enables the caller to make it appear like someone else is placing the call, such as an insurance or banking company.

“Spoofing is becoming a problem nationwide as citizens reveal important personal and financial information over the phone to people who appear credible,” Steele said. “This can lead to identity fraud and a whole host of other problems. We must put the legal framework in place to help deter this growing criminal activity.”

Waterman said HB 1376 will help Indiana’s laws adapt to changing 21st-century crimes.

“It is my hope this bill will protect innocent Hoosiers from high-tech crimes that can cause incredible harm to the victims involved,” Waterman said. “Today’s legislation helps keep Indiana laws up-to-date as advancing technologies lead to these new crimes.”

HB 1376 now returns to the House for further consideration.


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Phone: 317-234-9133
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