Mo. legislation would punish anonymous callers

Friday, January 20, 2012 | 9:39 a.m. CST; updated 10:53 a.m. CST, Friday, January 20, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — A bill in the Missouri House would make it a crime for people making phone calls to misrepresent themselves by inserting false information on caller ID systems.

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Margo McNeil, D-St. Louis County, would make "spoofing" a felony, carrying a maximum penalty of four years in prison.

McNeil said her bill is a response to reports of Missourians being deceived and harassed by anonymous callers who "spoof" caller ID systems.

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