- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Gov. Gary Herbert has signed a bill that makes it illegal to deceive someone by displaying phony caller ID information.

Utah’s Republican governor signed the bill late Wednesday that deals with so-called “spoofing” services.

The law makes it a misdemeanor to deceive someone by displaying a false phone number on a call or text message in order to trick 911 operators or do harm to someone

Spoofing has been used in recent scam where callers masked their caller ID to make it like they were calling from the IRS.

Spoofing service SpoofTel says mystery shoppers, doctors and lawyers use the service to hide personal phone numbers when conducting legitimate business.

The law takes effect May 12.

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