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Phishing and telemarketing telephone calls

Good grief, selling a kit for $47. Since all robocalls employ Caller ID spoofing, just how does one prove who called? Will the telephone company simply hand over detailed transport records or the hidden Caller ID information? I don't care about making money or imposition of government fines; I just want the calls to cease.


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-----Original Message-----
From: NANOG [mailto:nanog-bounces at nanog.org] On Behalf Of Anne P. Mitchell, Esq.
Sent: Saturday, April 25, 2020 10:23 AM
To: nanog at nanog.org
Subject: Re: Phishing and telemarketing telephone calls

> On Apr 24, 2020, at 5:36 PM, Jon Lewis <jlewis at lewis.org> wrote:
> On Fri, 24 Apr 2020, Matthew Black wrote:
>> Has anyone else noticed a steep decline in annoying phone calls since the FCC threatened legal action against three major VOIP gateways if they didnâ??t make efforts to prevent
>> Caller ID spoofing from scammers?
> Not that it's at all on-topic for NANOG, but no.  I still get numerous "last chance to renew my car warranty" and whatever the scam is from the credit card callers per day on both my home and cell numbers.

Well, while we are already engaged in the thread, some of you may be interested to know (especially if you find yourself with time on your hands these days), that you *can* actually get money from these scum.  In fact, it turns out that they cave pretty easily because they *know* they are violating the law, and they *know* what the penalties are.  

In fact, we wrote up how to do it (link below) and I *know* that it works because I just got myself $1000 out of a text message spammer!   

So, harass those phone spammers for fun *and* profit! ;-)  Here's the write-up I did, feel free to ask me any questions you may have. :-)



Anne P. Mitchell, Attorney at Law
Dean of Cyberlaw & Cybersecurity, Lincoln Law School
CEO/President, SuretyMail Email Reputation Certification
Author: Section 6 of the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 (the Federal anti-spam law)
Legislative Consultant, GDPR, CCPA (CA) & CCDPA (CO) Compliance Consultant
Board of Directors, Denver Internet Exchange
Former Counsel: Mail Abuse Prevention System (MAPS)