Sen. Glowiak Hilton

SPRINGFIELD – A new measure led by State Senator Suzy Glowiak Hilton would prohibit “spoof” calling – a misleading tactic call scammers use to disguise their caller ID.

“Many Illinoisans receive scam calls every day,” said Glowiak Hilton (D – Western Springs). “This measure prohibits spoof calling to ensure our residents can trust who is on the other end of the phone.”

Senate Bill 160 prohibits spoof calls – and would no longer allow people to use a fake caller ID. The measure would also require automated telemarketers to state the organization they represent, the purpose of the call and require them to confirm that the individual wants to continue with the call. If the caller refuses the organization’s solicitation, the business must ensure they will not call the individual again and must take the steps necessary to remove the individual from their records.

“Far too often, people receive multiple calls from the same group even after they have stated they do not wish to be contacted again,” said Glowiak Hilton. “Consumers deserve to be protected and feel a sense of transparency from companies.”

The measure passed the Energy and Public Utilities committee on Thursday and now heads to the full Senate for further consideration.