Letter sent to U.S. Senate seeks protection from illegal robocalls

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Attorney General’s office sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation supporting the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, sponsored by Sens. John Thune and Ed Markey.

Officials say the legislation would require voice service providers to participate in a call authentication framework to help block unwanted calls and create an interagency working group to take additional actions to reduce scam calls and hold telemarketers and robocallers accountable.

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More than 48 billion robocalls were made in 2018, making them the number one source of consumer complaints to the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and resulting in millions in consumer losses, according to the AG’s office.

More than 30 state attorneys general and Beshear detailed in their letter that scammers have devised methods like “neighborhood spoofing” to evade a call blocking order issued by the FCC.

In January, Beshear sent a letter to Rep. Kevin D. Bratcher, of Louisville, in support of his bill, House Bill 84, which aims to combat con artists who spoof Kentucky phone numbers to try to trick Kentuckians into falling victim to their scams.

To help Kentuckians stay ahead of scammers Beshear launched Scam Alerts. To enroll in the scam warning system, text the words KYOAG Scam to GOV-311 (468-311) or online at ag.ky.gov/scams and select text message or email alert.

Nearly 24,000 Kentuckians are signed up to receive Scam Alerts.