State Lawmakers Hope To Crack Down On Robocallers

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio)— State lawmakers held a hearing Monday for a bill that could put an end to robocalls.

The Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure herd testimony on multiple bills targeting telemarketer practices, including banning all robocalls to mobile devices and preventing individuals from faking caller IDs. State Rep. John Barrett spoke about his bill to combat what he called "spoofing", where scammers mask their caller ID to look like someone the person they called might recognize.

"During COVID these scammers were out in force as they attempted to steal people's personal information, especially when they were trying to obtain a vaccinations," Barrett said.

This bill would make it so that anyone who uses 'spoofing' to fake their caller ID in an effort to deceive someone would face fines of up to $10,000 per deceptive call.

Rep. William Straus, who co-sponsored Barrett's bill, testified about his bill that aims to ban all robocalls to mobile phones, unless if it comes from certain sources like a school or healthcare provider.

WBZ's Karyn Regal (@karynregal) reports.

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