Attorney General Fox Urges Congress to Take Action Against Robocalls
Montana Attorney General Tim Fox today urged the U.S. Senate to enact the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, legislation to curb illegal robocalls and spoofing. A coalition of 54 attorneys general sent a letter to the U. S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation supporting the TRACED Act.
“As attorneys general, we know that no single approach will solve this frustrating problem for consumers,” Attorney General Tim Fox said. “However, passage of the TRACED Act would add one more important tool to our arsenal as we fight robocalls and spoofing. This Act is part of the ongoing efforts of attorneys general nationwide to enforce do-not-call laws and protect consumers in our states from being harassed and scammed by unwanted robocalls,” Fox added.
In their letter, the attorneys general wrote that the TRACED Act enables states, federal regulators, and telecom providers to take steps to combat these illegal calls. The legislation will require voice service providers to participate in a call authentication framework to help block unwanted calls and creates an interagency working group to take additional actions to reduce robocalls and hold telemarketers and robocallers accountable.
More than 48 billion robocalls were made in 2018, making them the number one source of consumer complaints to the FTC and the FCC, resulting in millions of dollars in consumer losses.
Attorney General Fox is joined in sending this letter by the attorneys general of all other states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.