WASHINGTON, D.C. — It was hardly a coincidence, but Thursday was National Slam the Scam Day. It also was the day several U.S. senators introduced a bill for tighter restrictions on robocallers.
Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins was among four members of the Senate to introduce a bill called the Anti-Spoofing Act.
Spoofing is a technique used by scammers to make a false local number appear in caller ID.
According to a statement from Collins’ office, older Americans are frequently the targets of phone scams.
The statement said the spoofing lets the scammers pose as government officials and even police officers to convince people to part with their money.