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Klobuchar Discusses Concern in Robocalls Across Nation

Klobuchar said robocalls are starting to be a scourge in the nation. In the 218 area code alone, there's 183,000 robocalls a day. Klobuchar said robocalls are starting to be a scourge in the nation. In the 218 area code alone, there's 183,000 robocalls a day. |  Photo: WDIO

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: April 11, 2019 04:32 PM

At the U.S Capitol, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar held a hearing in the commerce committee Thursday regarding federal and state enforcement efforts against robocalls.

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Klobuchar said robocalls are starting to be a scourge in the nation. In the 218 area code alone, there's 183,000 robocalls a day.

"One of the problems is they are faking that they are in the 218 area code. It’s called spoofing. They're also especially targeting seniors so if you do pick up the phone and get one of these calls, you should just hang up,” Klobuchar said.

Klobuchar said it’s important to hold perpetrators accountable by making sure they're paying fines. There’s $208 million in fines against perpetrators and only $6,000 have been collected.

“Part of this is making sure that our government consumer agencies are collecting fines. The other thing is to give them more time to investigate what are increasingly complex cases. So they have three years to bring a case instead of one year,” Klobuchar said.

The DFL senator also said there needs to be better coordination between law enforcement agencies, so they can keep better track of which companies are doing it.

Klobuchar is co-sponsoring the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act. It gives regulators more time to find scammers, increases civil forfeiture penalties, promotes call authentication and blocking adoption, and brings federal agencies and state attorneys together to address criminal prosecution of robocallers.

Along with the TRACED Act is the Seniors Fraud Prevention Act . It would help fight scams designed to strip seniors of their assets by helping educate seniors about fraud schemes and improve monitoring and response to fraud complaints.

The Senior Fraud Prevention Act and the TRACED Act will now go to the full Senate for final passage.

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