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"Spoofing" may have influenced Wapsie Valley vote

FAYETTE (KWWL) -- A warning: don't always believe what you hear on the phone. What's called "spoofing" may have influenced election results in Fayette County.

The Wapsie Valley School Board reported automated phone calls to voters made negative and false claims just before an recent school bond vote to build new elementary schools in Readlyn and Fairbank. Part of the referendum failed by a slim margin.

Caller I.D. showed the call came from a business in Oran. The Fayette County Sheriffs Department investigated and found it displayed that fake caller I.D. through "spoofing", hiding the actual origin of the call. Regardless of if that message is a lie, spoofing is legal. The sheriffs department filed a complaint with the F.C.C. but reminds you don't always trust what you see on the caller I.D.

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