The FTC's attempts to stamp out pretexting have been moderately successful, but a lack of a federal law barring the practice of pretexting for phone records has hindered the agency's efforts. Now, the FTC and the FCC are urging Congress to crack down by passing a law that would levy stiff penalties against violators. Telecoms also are targeting pretexters who violate their customers' privacy by filing lawsuits, an approach that has worked fairly well. "We have certainly seen the pretexters aren't as brazen as they once were," said Joe Farren, a spokesman for CTIA-The Wireless Association.
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