Statistics show that approximately 50 percent of the calls on any given person’s phone are robo calls.
State and federal officials have recognized this issue and are working to put a stop to it.
Representative Jeff Elington’s House Bill would add restrictions to the Do Not Call statute and would increase penalties for those who break the law.
“I probably get a couple a month,” says Catie Simons.
“I would definitely get it somewhere between the beginning of the month, and towards the middle and end. It just varies but I definitely get it twice a month,” says Nick Anderson.
When it comes to robo calls, no one is safe from getting call, after call, after call.
“We get more complaints about unwanted calls than any other subject in our office,” says Senior Deputy Attorney General Margurite Sweeney.
The calls are becoming such a nuisance that legislators are having to step in to try and block the issue.
“They are already against the law and apparently that doesn’t dissuade scammers and telemarketers from using robo calls to try and contact people,” says Sweeney.
Already, the do not call law prevents any type of telemarketing or sales call within a certain scope from calling you and another law prohibits a call with a pre-recorded message which most of the time are also illegal
“A lot of the calls people are getting now are scams and so they don’t worry about the do not call list,” says Sweeney.
Simons’ robo calls tend to sound the same and she recognizes the scam even though it doesn’t always look the same, “normally it is people calling and saying “oh we have your credit card number” but I don’t even have a credit card so I know that it is not important to me,” she says. “Sometimes it’s the same area code, sometimes it’s not so I never know.”
As for Anderson he has just stopped answering all together, “I would get the same call from different numbers about the IRS needing to collect some kind of money from me. So I don’t even answer it anymore.”
The FTC is going after companies that are committing these scams and the FCC is developing rules for phone carriers to eliminate spoofing and to address other aspects that make it easy for these types of calls to be made.
Current technology makes it easier for these scammers to “spoof” numbers making it difficult for authorities to track.
However, the Attorney General’s office still recommends that you put your number on the do not call list.
You can CLICK HERE to file a complaint about any robo calls you recieve and report the number.