Date: 17 Aug 2020 12:41:10 -0700
From: HAncock-4 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: TN: AT&T Text "Unsuccessful Payment" Scam Hits
On Monday, August 17, 2020 at 12:58:00 PM UTC-4, Moderator wrote:
> Robertson County Tennessee: (Smokey Barn News) - An AT&T phishing text
> scam is moving its way through the 615 area code.
There are many robocall-based phising scams going on. Criminals are
claiming to be Amazon, Chase Bank, a power utility and a pharmacy
service, among others. They record greetings from the real outfits to
We really need a much tighter number identifier control system, as
well as aggressive enforcement of fraud laws.
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2020 17:51:25 +0000
From: Moderator <email@example.com>
Subject: Alleged Privacy Law Violations Create Potential $5 Billion
Issue For Google
by Brian H. Lam
In a proposed class action lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court
for the Northern District of California, Google is facing a potential
$5 billion dollar class action for alleged privacy law violations. The
complaint alleges that millions of Google users have been impacted and
asks for damages of at least $5,000 per harmed individual. Implicated
are multiple Google offerings, including Google Analytics, Google Ad
Manager, website plug-ins, and the Google Sign-In button leveraged by
many websites. The ubiquity of these products and services is well
known to many who participate in the online ecosystem. According to
the complaint, over 70% of online websites and publishers use Google
Telecom Digest Moderator
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2020 20:41:04 +0000
From: Bill Horne <malQassimRilaMtion@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: TN: AT&T Text "Unsuccessful Payment" Scam Hits
On Mon, Aug 17, 2020 at 12:41:10PM -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> On Monday, August 17, 2020 at 12:58:00 PM UTC-4, Moderator wrote:
> > Robertson County Tennessee: (Smokey Barn News) - An AT&T phishing text
> > scam is moving its way through the 615 area code.
> There are many robocall-based phising scams going on.
> Criminals are claiming to be Amazon, Chase Bank, a
> power utility and a pharmacy service, among others.
> They record greetings from the real outfits to sound real.
> We really need a much tighter number identifier control
> system, as well as aggressive enforcement of fraud
The reason we get forged "from" numbers on our caller-id's is the same
reason we get spam in our emails: both the called-id system and the
Internet's email system were designed by techies.
I've said this before, but it bears repeating: technical workers have
a tendency toward tunnel vision. Given a problem to solve, we often
put on blinders that block out everything except the path to the
problem's solution. On the one hand, that gives us a very productive
work habit which is much sought-after by employers. On the other hand,
it leaves us with little appreciation for the larger world in which
our designs will be put to use.
We get spam and forged caller-id because the people who designed the
email and telephone systems were working with a world-view that did
not allow for bad actors - it never occurred to them to anticipate
that someone would break the rules for commercial gain, nor to we
users to measure potential benefits against what are now obvious
negatives. Caller-id and similar "value-added" features come with
hidden costs, which are paid by the users, and it's long-past time
that we all decided if the benefits are worth it.
(Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)
Date: 18 Aug 2020 22:41:26 -0400
From: "Bob Goudreau" <BobGoudreau@nc.rr.com>
Subject: A whole lot of NPAs will be dropping support for 7-digit
dialing over the next two years
According to https://nationalnanpa.com/enas/npaDialingPlansReport.do
almost half (162 out of 330) of the geographic area codes in the US
currently allow some or all local calls to be dialed using only 7 digits.
The remainder require local calls to be dialed using 10 digits, or 1+10D
in certain parts of a trio of non-conformist states (CA, IL, NY). The
number of places that support 7D dialing has been shrinking for over
two decades, as geographic splits of area codes have fallen out of
favor and overlays have become the standard way to add numbering
capacity to areas. But this shift away from 7D dialing is going to
take a huge leap over the next two years, because 83 out of those 162
codes that currently support 7D will be forced to mandate 10D (or
1+10D) local dialing even if they have no plans to add an overlay area
The impetus for this change is FCC Order 20-100, which was adopted
last month to approve a new 3-digit code (988) for the national
suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. Unlike previous
3D codes, which are of the form N11, 988 would introduce landline
ambiguity in places where 988 is a valid local exchange and 7D dialing
is supported - is someone dialing the hotline (988) or just a local
988-XXXX number? Resolving that ambiguity with timeouts would be
inefficient and error-prone, so the FCC decided to resolve it by
forcing all US area codes which allow 7D dialing but contain 988-XXXX
numbers to migrate to 10D (or 1+10D) dialing by July 15, 2022.
for details.) NPAs which
don't happen to have a 988 exchange are unaffected by this disruption,
though of course they would still need to eliminate 7D dialing if they
were overlaid with a second area code. But the list of affected NPAs
includes some unlikely suspects - sparsely-populated single-NPA states
such as Alaska, Montana, Vermont and both Dakotas will have to
discontinue 7D dialing. Even the tiny US territory of Guam (population
less than 169,000) will be forced to join the 10D club.
After this change is complete in mid-2022, at least 251 of the
geographic area codes in the US will require 10D or 1+10D dialing for
local calls, leaving at most 79 NPAs which allow 7D. For comparison,
Canada is already further along the path to abolition: only 6 of its
41 geographic area codes currently support 7D dialing. In the
remainder of the North American Numbering Plan (Atlantic and Caribbean
islands), 7D dialing is still the norm (17 NPAs) and only 4 NPAs
require 10D dialing.
Cary, NC (in the 919/984 overlay)
End of telecom Digest Wed, 19 Aug 2020