Lawmakers are drafting ways to stop robocalls

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This probably happens to you. Your phone ringing off the hook with numbers that look familiar, even ones that don’t. For some reason, we can’t get rid of robocalls.

Lawmakers are getting creative to try to put a stop to them for good. 

People are fed up with annoying robocalls

Maryland resident Barry Graham is on the job hunt and says the unwanted phones calls are a major distraction.

Graham said, “You think someone is calling you to say we’d like to interview you for this position.”

Instead it’s scammers on the other end of the line. 

Maureen Mehoney with Consumer Reports says despite efforts to block robocalls the problem is only getting worse.

Related: Attorney General William Tong urges congress to take action on robocalls

Mehoney said, “Often times located overseas that are intending to commit fraud and have no incentive to respect the do not call list”

According to Consumer Reports, in 2018, a record 48 billion robocalls were placed to U.S. phones. 
That works out to 1,500 robocalls per second. Lawmakers say the harassment has to stop.

Senator Richard Blumenthal, (D) Connecticut said, “Robocalls have become the scourge for consumers. They are the consumer plague of our time.”

Senator Blumenthal introduced a bill that requires phone companies to provide robocall blocking technology. Congresswoman jackie speier is a co-sponsor. 

Congresswomen Speier (D) California said, “It creates accountability for the telecomms and it requires them to provide for free a blocking system for consumers.” 

In addition to legislation, officials are calling on the FCC to do more to prevent fake caller ID numbers and better protect unsuspecting consumers from scam artists.

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