New Jersey lawmakers are considering a measure to protect residents from caller ID fraud.

Some companies are using technology to alter the name or number that appears on the phone when they call and try to sell you something.

That misleading information causes many people to answer a call they might normally ignore, said Assemblyman Ruben Ramos.

"I think it's basically a fraudulent practice that a lot of companies have picked up throughout the years to get people on the phone knowing they're not taking their phone calls at that time," said Ramos, D-Hudson. "Basically we want to get rid of that practice and make sure the true individuals making those phone calls are those individuals making the phone call."

Ramos' bill calls for fines of up to $10,000 for the first violation, and $20,000 for any additional offense.