Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The perils of automated online ads

The New York Times has a story today about how caller ID is being misused by telemarketers, collection agencies and criminal scammers to fool people into answering their phone. The article points out that "it is illegal to transmit inaccurate or misleading caller ID information 'with the intent to defraud, cause harm or wrongfully obtain anything of value.'"

Someone at the New York Times ought to look at the bottom of the page where the online version of this story is running.  There, you can find an ad that boasts, "Spoof Caller ID Now. Totally Private. Totally Fun."  See below.

See the NYT story here.


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