New York Senator Pushes Bill To Block Robocalls

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ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – The number of robocalls people are receiving is growing, and Senator Chuck Schumer is trying to put an end to them.

He introduced the ROBOCOP or the Repeated Objectionable Bothers of Consumers on Phones Act which would require both landline and mobile carriers to offer free robocall blocking technology to all consumers.

“There are all different types of technologies that exist. Some offer a black list that blocks specific spam numbers from coming through. Some offer a white list that allows consumers to enter certain phone numbers. But we want to make sure that this works.”

In addition to being an annoyance, Schumer explained that robocalls could also hurt consumers financially when they involve scammers.

Schumer cited statistics that Americans received 3.4 billion robocalls last month, an increase of nearly 1 billion calls compared to the same month a year ago.

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