How many robocalls do you get a week? I get at least one per day. It’s easy enough to ignore them but, man, is it annoying. Fortunately, the federal government has taken action.
A bill signed into law by President Trump on Monday morning (12/30) should drastically reduce the number of scam calls Americans receive each day. Here are the main points of the new anti-robocall law:
- Phone companies are to block scam callers before they reach customers at no charge.
- Requires that phone companies put a system in place that will tell customers if a phone number showing up on caller ID is authentic. We’ve all received calls that appear to be from the IRS or numbers that look local but aren’t.
- Authorities will have more enforcement powers to find and charge the scammers on the other end of the line.
Officials say the new law won’t eliminate robocalls altogether but we should all notice a difference. I’ll take it.