05.23.19

Senator David Perdue Takes Action To Crack Down On Illegal Robocall Scams

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) is taking action to crack down on predatory robocalls. The Senator joined colleagues in passing an overwhelmingly bipartisan bill that would help identify and penalize scammers, as well as give federal agencies and state attorneys general the tools they need to enforce the laws on the books and prosecute robocallers.

“Even United States Senators get robocalls,” said Senator Perdue. “Something that once was an annoying disturbance has now become an avenue for criminals to prey on innocent people. This bipartisan bill will help protect consumers and prevent their information from falling into the wrong hands.”

“It is evident that the explosive growth of caller ID spoofing and robocalls is being driven in large part by scams,” said Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr. “State attorneys general are on the front lines fighting the criminals behind these scams, and in Georgia, we will continue to work with our federal partners to stop those who try to take advantage of our citizens. We appreciate Senator Perdue and Senator Isakson’s leadership on this issue.”

Specifically, the TRACED Act:

  • Broadens the authority of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to levy civil penalties of up to $10,000 per call on people who intentionally disregard telemarketing restrictions.
  • Extends the window for the FCC to catch and take civil enforcement action against intentional violations to three years after a robocall is placed.
  • Brings together federal agencies, state attorneys general, and other entities to identify and report to Congress on improving deterrence and criminal prosecution at the federal and state level of robocall scams.
  • Requires voice service providers to adopt call authentication technologies, enabling a telephone carrier to verify that incoming calls are legitimate before they reach consumers’ phones.
  • Directs the FCC to initiate a rulemaking to help protect subscribers from receiving unwanted calls or texts from callers.

Senator Perdue joined U.S. Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Ed Markey (D-MA), along with 82 other senators, in introducing the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act.

Click here to read the text of the bill.

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