Ned Thomson’s campaign is now apparently violating both election law and federal caller ID laws as it attempts to fend off Avi Schnall’s surging campaign, with Lakewood Alerts receiving multiple reports of a number spoofing tactic being employed in Lakewood.
According to multiple residents who have contacted Lakewood Alerts, they received phone calls from Avi Schnall’s personal cell number. However, when picking up, a recorded message from the Thomson campaign urges them to vote for the incumbent.
“We apologize for the inconvenience this dirty tactic has caused for affected Lakewood residents,” the Schnall campaign told Lakewood Alerts. “We will continue to take the high road in this campaign, no matter how low others stoop.”
Under the federal Truth in Caller ID Act, FCC rules prohibit anyone from transmitting misleading or inaccurate caller ID information with the intent to defraud, cause harm or wrongly obtain anything of value – in this case, votes. Anyone who is illegally spoofing can face penalties of up to $10,000 for each violation.