Tired of receiving unwanted Robocalls? Well, just know that Congress has American’s backs when it comes to the prevention of unwanted Robocalls. Nearly unanimously (429-3), the House of Representatives has passed the “Stopping Bad Robocalls Act”. It will now move to the Senate, where it will likely pass with flying colors, and then onto the President’s desk to be signed into law. The main details are centered around tougher penalties imposed on illegal robocallers and fraudsters, and will demand that all telecommunications carriers deploy call authentication tech to further prevent robocalls from happening.
This news is obviously not front page on major news networks and websites, but it does give me a warm and fuzzy feeling to know that Congress does actually dedicate time to the little things that actually have an impact on a lot of people’s every day lives. You hear too often today of people, especially elderly people, getting scammed out of actual cash by robocallers and scam callers. Like the elderly couple from Michigan who was scammed out of $16,000, when asked to send cash to help a family member. It’s awful to hear and yet it happens every day.
Approximately 18 billion robocalls are made in the U.S. each year. I personally never answer my phone from a number I don’t recognize. If it is someone I know, they will leave a voicemail or send me a text. That’s the world we live in because robocalls and scam calls are so prevalent today. Unfortunately, it can also impact a genuine need for credit unions and hospitals that are trying to get in touch with people with important information. The trust in unknown callers is just not there and will continue to not be there. This act along with telecommunications carriers imposing strict authentication tech should start the process to reduce the number of robocalls significantly, prevent actual money from leaving American’s pockets, and maybe restore American’s faith in actually answering their phone from callers.
By the way, the 3 Congressman who voted “No”, were Andy Biggs (R), Thomas Massie (R), and Justin Amash (I). Not sure why, but I guess they don’t mind talking to robots on the phone. If they are your district’s Congressman, might be a good topic to bring up to them at the next Town Hall.