Schumer says new legislation would help fight robocalls

Those living within the 315 area code received more than 60 million scam calls in the first four months of this year.

Posted: May. 6, 2019 4:21 PM
Updated: May. 6, 2019 5:19 PM

SYRACUSE - U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is calling for the passage of new legislation called the TRACED Act after the flood of robocalls from the African country of Mauritania plagued Central New Yorkers last week.

At a press conference Monday, Schumer said the legislation would give federal agencies new tools and authority to trace, prosecute and enforce fines against robocall scammers – fines which could reach $10,000 per call.

"Robocalls – at all hours of the day and night – and ‘spoofing’ scams annoy and rip-off countless Central New Yorkers, and the TRACED Act will arm federal agencies with new tools and authority to trace, prosecute, and enforce fines against robocall scammers. It will also set new call authentication requirements designed to filter out robocalls before they reach the phones of unsuspecting New Yorkers,” said Schumer Monday morning.

Those living within the 315 area code received more than 60 million scam calls in the first four months of this year. Schumer says the calls are getting worse by the day.

“Despite the existing ‘Do Not Call’ registry, robocalls remain a serious problem across the country, making these harassing calls nearly unavoidable. It’s a plague that we’ve got to cure - whether it’s the landline or cell phone, no one should be woken up in the dead of night by multiple robocalls. Fortunately, the TRACED Act is just the antidote we need, which is why I’m urging Congress to pass this landmark legislation ASAP to give the feds new powers to track, prosecute and fine these nasty robocall scammers and bolster caller identification technology across the nation.”

The Federal Trade Commission says 99% of robocalls are illegitimate or fraudulent.

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