Federal lawmakers are continuing to push for an end to robocalls by increasing penalties for automated, illegal calls through the Deter Obnoxious, Nefarious, and Outrageous Telephone (DO NOT) Call Act.
U.S. Majority Leader Charles Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand joined others in the Senate calling for an end to scam calls that often target and victimize the elderly.
“This vital piece of legislation will give the FCC the tools needed to combat scammers who grossly violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and, all too often, target and defraud senior Americans,” said Gillibrand. “I am a fierce advocate of the DO NOT Call Act, and will do everything I can to put sensible protections in place and put an end to unsolicited robocalls.”
Nearly 4.5 billion robocalls were made across the country in April alone, according to YouMail, with more than 229 million in New York State.
The DO NOT Call Act would do the following:
- Clarify violations under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), which outlaws robocalls;
- Allow prison terms of up to one year for willfully and knowingly violating the TCPA;
- Allow prison terms of up to three years for aggravated violations of the TCPA;
- Double the maximum penalties under the TCPA for falsifying caller ID, from $10,000 to $20,000.