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Ohio lawmakers propose bill that would make it a felony to use someone else’s number to scam

Posted: 8:04 AM, Jun 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-14 08:04:27-04

CLEVELAND — Ohio lawmakers are fighting back against those pesky robocalls. Ohio Senate Bill 145 would make it felony to use someone else’s number to scam.

Lately, scammers are using numbers that are similar to their victim’s number, so the victims are more inclined to pick up the phone.

The bill is sponsored by David Burke, from Marysville. The bill has been introduced in the senate and is in committee right now.

Burke is a pharmacist in his hometown and has said in assembly before that fraudulent callers have affected him, personally.

"I have encountered these calls both personally and professionally while operating my pharmacy in Marysville. They are relentless and have hindered my ability to serve both my patients and constituents,” he said.

The Better Business Bureau says it’s best to just not answer calls from numbers you don’t know.

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