If you are tired of getting those relentless, annoying robocalls at all hours of the day and night, relief could be on the way.
The U.S. Senate passed a measure Thursday, in a rare gesture of bipartisanship, that would crack down on illegal robocalls, and empower federal agencies to put many of the robocall scammers out of business.
Lawmakers named the legislation the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) ACT, which turned out to be just as popular among Republicans as Democrats, and it was approved by a vote of 97-1.
If the TRACED Act, becomes law, it would require phone companies to set up effective ways of matching the Caller ID, when a call is received, to the actual caller.
Most robocalls are illegal because of Caller ID spoofing–that is when the call is masked to appear it is coming from a different phone number. Under the new measure the Federal Communications Commission can fine a robocall scammers as much as $10,000 per violation.
Under the TRACED Act, if the Federal Trade Commission finds that a person or company engaged in placing robocalls is violating the law, the FTC can put the scammers out of business.