01.01.20

Gardner-Backed Robocall Bill Becomes Law

“Every Coloradan knows the frustration of being inundated with incessant robocalls, and this new law will help end this illegal practice”

Washington, D.C. – Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following S. 151, the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement Deterrence (TRACED) Act, becoming law this week. Gardner is a cosponsor of this legislation that requires phone companies to implement a system that would authenticate and verify phone calls to ensure that they are legitimate. Additionally, the TRACED Act increases fines on individuals who are found to have knowingly attempted or succeeded in spoofing phone calls. Spoofing is a tactic that fraudulent callers sometimes utilize to show a different telephone number and disguise their identity. Lastly, it requires the U.S. Attorney General to convene an interagency working group to improve coordination between federal agencies focused on reining in robocall scams.

NOTE: Click here to view Senator Gardner’s remarks.

“Every Coloradan knows the frustration of being inundated with incessant robocalls, and this new law will help end this illegal practice,” said Senator Gardner. “Robocalls are not only a nuisance, but they also pose significant harm to consumers, oftentimes with the intent to defraud or steal personal information. The TRACED Act will help stop these illegal calls and ensure that scammers cannot harass and take advantage of hard-working people.” 

In March of 2019, YouMail estimated that Coloradans received a whopping 73.6 million robocalls—that’s an approximately 140 percent increase in robocalls to Coloradans over the past two years. That’s equivalent to 2.4 million calls per day, nearly 99,000 calls per hour, and just over 27 calls per second. Earlier this year Senator Gardner questioned witnesses at a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing on stopping robocalls. 

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