VRS Industry Working on Preventing Spoofing Calls

By: Mary Patricia

April 17, 2019 - An announcement on the FCC filing on of the Tenth Industry-wide VRS Interoperability Event addressed caller ID spoofing by robocallers. Quoted “The providers also discussed support for STIR/SHAKEN to address caller ID spoofing by robocallers.” (FCC Filing)

There is a form of deception made by almost of all criminals and telemarketers use to help “alter” the calling number that their calls to another person appears to be coming from a certain working number. This is a form of deception where it helped these criminals make it appear as if it’s a neighbor or local number calling. Because of this practice working in such times, even through many times, people will pick up the phone and answer the call. These examples of people indicates such messages even a scary message coming as one pretending to be IRS agents to try to steal money or tax refunds.

When a phone number is altered, it is called spoofing. Spoofing has been going on for years but in 2014, FCC asked the telecommunication industry to try to find a plausible solution to prevent this from being possible for robocallers. In May of 2018, it was announced that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai accepted the recommendations of the North American Numbering Council (NANC) for the industry to quickly establish a Governance Authority implementing the SHAKEN/STIR framework.

“The SHAKEN/STIR framework is the industry-developed standard for the cryptographic signing of telephone calls.  The final action is intended to eliminate the use of illegitimate spoofed numbers from the telephone system. Illegal robocallers and fraudsters use spoofed numbers to hide their identity and prey on unsuspecting Americans.” (News Release)