Mass. bill outlaws deceptive non-Mass caller ID

The article linked below makes fun of the Massachusetts bill, which provides for fines of up to $10K per call, but if you read the bill (link at the end of the article) it's actually quite reasonable.

It makes it illegal to call "with the intent to deceive, defraud, harass, cause harm or wrongfully obtain anything of value," using a non-Massachusetts caller ID if you're not actuually in Massachusetts.

So moving to Califonia and taking the 617 number on your mobile phone is fine. Calling from a boiler room in Florida and saying "we're doing driveway work in your neighborhood and we have a fantastic deal for you" is not.

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