by David O. Klein
On August 1, 2019, the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") adopted new regulations that will allow the federal government to pursue enforcement actions against foreign businesses that knowingly "spoof" US recipients with the intent to cause harm, defraud, or obtain anything of value. Spoofing is the practice of using misleading caller ID information to manipulate a recipient into answering a call or text message through the use of a telephone number displayed on caller ID is intended to be somewhat recognizable to consumers. In the past, we have blogged about legislation that was introduced to address spoofing. That specific legislation died in committee, but with the passage of the Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services Act of 2018("RAY BAUM'S"), new FCC regulations have been put into place to pursue foreign bad actors.