New penalties for companies that use robocalls


(WIVB) — 2020 may be the year you get fewer annoying robocalls.

President Donald Trump signed a law increasing fines for companies using the phone to hawk illegal financial schemes and other services.

The law gives officials the authority to fine companies $10,000 for each illegal call.

According to Sen. Chuck Schumer, people with a 716 area code received more than 150 million robocalls in the first four months of 2019.

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