New efforts in Washington to stop robocalls

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The number on your phone may look familiar, but when you answer it, there’s a recorded message offering you a deal that you know is too good to be true. 

We’re talking about robocalls, a problem that has grown dramatically in recent years.

More than 48-billion robocalls were made in 2018, making them the number one consumer complaint to the FCC. 

The calls can be frustrating, which is why people like Jusin Rada of Dudley told 22News, your best bet is to not answer the phone. “I don’t pick up. I Google the number and a lot of times they come up as spam. If I do pickup, I hang up immedietly.” 

Hanging up the phone is just a temporary solution, which is why Congress is now joining the fight.

U.S. Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts has sponsored a robocall blocking bill, called the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act, or TRACED.  It would give the government more time to go after robocallers, increase penalties for violators, and require phone providers to use technology that will help identify where a call is coming from, so you know when it’s a scheme.

Carnelo DeJesus of Chicopee told 22News, it’s a possible solution to a problem that only seems to be getting worse. “Mine has gotten worse, it’s all of the time. 413, Atlanta, North Carolina, all types of places, I even got one from Europe.”

Attorneys General from all 50 states have signed a letter, urging Congress to pass the act to stop the calls. A group of 10 bipartisan U.S. senators also co-sponored the bill last week. 

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