Regardless of the time of day that it is, it seems like nobody is immune from the nuisance otherwise known as robocalls . But, if you’re one of the millions of Americans that are sick of receiving these unwanted calls on a daily basis, like Phoenix Certified Public Accountant Mara Mann, then you should be relieved to learn that something is legally being done to potentially stop them.
“I get about 14. If I know it’s not someone I know, if they don’t leave a message, or I don’t think it’s a friend or a participant or student, I put them on a block list, and that takes five minutes. It takes an hour a day,” said Mann.
According to robocall blocking service Youmail, Americans receive 2,000 robocalls a second. These numbers have prompted Congress and AG offices across the country to draft new legislation deemed the TRACED Act in an effort to strengthen the Federal Communications Commission’s and other regulators’ ability to go after illegal robocallers with fines of up to $10,000.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has joined 40 other attorneys general across the country in the fight against robocalls. “We need to use every tool available to stop illegal phone scammers from preying on hardworking Arizona families. Robocalls are a serious problem, and we need to do everything we can to combat these calls, including working with the telecommunications providers to develop and deploy technological solutions,” Brnovich said.
The FCC has provided several tips to help stop unwanted robocalls and avoid phone scams. For instance, consumers are always encouraged to avoid answering calls from unknown numbers. For additional protection, you can consult your service provider regarding call blocking tools. Then, it’s strongly advised to register your number at https://www.donotcall.gov.