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Letter: Who would want a robocall?

To the Editor:

I for one am so frustrated with the amount of robocalls I receive, and I suspect you are too. On just one day I received at least a dozen, and that’s pretty typical.

Often these calls come in under our own area code, and I have often answered thinking it might be someone I know and it might be important. Needless to say, most often they are robocalls, and they are increasingly becoming more sophisticated having personal information of yours that can lead to the idea that it is legitimate.

I seriously doubt anyone likes receiving these calls, which have become such a common menace.

Thanks to the efforts of Rep. Lauren Underwood and the bill she brought forward, these calls can become much more a thing of the past. Just recently the House voted, 429-3, to pass Lauren’s bill to increase and expand consumer protections against unsolicited and annoying phone calls. Obviously this is a nonpartisan issue and it now remains up to the Senate to take the next step for resolution.

My fear is that it will not be brought to the Senate floor for a vote and will die, which would be a travesty. 

Sadly, people often fall victim to scams that come in on these robocalls. Armed with personal information, often robocalls create schemes to defraud consumers. According to Consumer Reports, there were losses of $285.2 million reported so far this year as a result of robocall scams. It is reported by a robocall tracking firm that to date this year alone there have been 29 billion robocalls. 

Thank you to Underwood for bringing this bill forward and the House for doing the right thing. I hope that the Senate takes the appropriate action so it does not die before ever getting to a vote. It is very much needed.

Let’s send a message that we want this bill brought before the Senate, as I believe it would easily be a nonpartisan thumbs-up.

Gail Brooks


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