Wis. lawmakers attempt to outlaw fake caller IDs

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Posted: Mar 02, 2011 3:10 PM
Wis. lawmakers attempt to outlaw fake caller IDs

Republican legislators in Wisconsin are trying to outlaw the use of phony caller ID services _ but deny it has anything to do with a recent high-profile prank call to Gov. Scott Walker.

The bill would ban attempts to "defraud, cause harm, or gain anything of value" by generating a fake phone number to appear on a recipient's caller ID.

Rep. Mark Honadel says the timing has no connection to the prank call in which Walker was duped into discussing his strategy to cripple public employee unions. Walker, who thought he was talking to billionaire David Koch, has pushed a measure to eliminate most collective bargaining rights for state employees.

Congress passed a bill outlawing the caller ID technique, called "phone spoofing," in 2010. Honadel co-sponsored similar legislation last session.