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Senator says government should help curb robocalls

New York Telemarketers could face stiff fines and harsh punishments for violating the federal do not call rules, Sen. Charles Schumer announced Sunday.

Schumer will be introducing new legislation that will raise fines and create harsher penalties for telemarketing companies who violate these rules, including a $20,000 fine per call made by automatic dialing machines, which have been blamed for the recent increase in the number of calls made by the illegal automatic dialers.

When it comes to the loophole-exploiting robocall industry, we need to fight fire with fire and that means higher penalties, jail time and better technology to fight the spammers who have ruined countless family dinners, sporting events and other family gatherings, Schumer said in a statement. The Do Not Call list is a great idea that needs some updating to make it better suited to our modern world.

Robocalls are phone calls that use computerized messages from telemarketing campaigns to deliver pre-recorded messages, while the automatic dialing machines use computer software to randomly dial a phone number and then play the computerized message.

In many instances, these types of calls are made by fraudulent companies trying to steal money from the person being called.

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Washington Times