Sending Office: Honorable Jefferson Van Drew
I invite you to co-sponsor H.R. 1575, the Robocall Enforcement Enhancement Act of 2019 to crack down on abusive, annoying, and illegal robocalls and spoofing. A robocall is a phone call that uses a computerized auto-dialer to deliver a pre-recorded
message, as if from a robot. Spoofing is the practice of deceiving the receiver of a call by fooling the telephone network to display a different name or ID on the receiver’s Caller ID than the true name of the caller.
Telemarketing scams are at an all time high, and the use of robocalls and spoofing practices in those scams has been an important key to their success. Data shows that this is a trend that has been growing across the country. In 2017, the Federal Trade Commission
received more than 4.5 million robocall complaints, an increase of more than one million calls from 2016. One report estimates that the number of spam calls will grow from 30% of total phone calls in 2018 to 42% in 2019.
The Robocall Enforcement Enhancement Act of 2019 cracks down on these abusive practices by:
- Authorizing the FCC to pursue cases against robocall rule violations without first issuing a citation;
- Increasing the statute of limitations for the FCC to pursue spoofing violations from two years to three years; and
- Increasing the statute of limitations for the FCC to pursue robocall violations from one year to three years.
Many of these scams take advantage of senior citizens and other vulnerable populations, and it is time we protect consumers by ensuring those who violate the law are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. To sign on as a co-sponsor for H.R. 1575, please
email Edward Kaczmarski at Edward.Kaczmarski@mail.house.gov.
Jeff Van Drew
New Jersey – District 2
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