President Trump signs TRACED Act to crack down on robocalls

President Trump signs TRACED Act to crack down on robocalls

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Scammers can now face a hefty fine for calling illegally. It's part of President Trump's crackdown on robocalls

The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act makes it illegal for someone to call you and try to sell something without your written permission. 

"All robocalls you're getting, for the last year or so, has really increased dramatically," Texas Tech Marketing Professor Mayukh Dass said. "Hopefully we'll get a break." 

Dass said these calls are designed to trick you and scammers often change their caller ID so they cannot be tracked. 

"What they do is they try to match the first six numbers," Dass said. "So 806-783, for example, and the last four digits will be different. That's how they get you because you think 'oh, this must be someone within Lubbock.'"

While that act may not stop all robocalls, Dass feels it might leave some scammers feeling cautious.

"People who are doing this will have some fear of doing it," he said. 

The bill will also require service providers to verify calls across all networks. Dass said some carriers already have these systems in place. 

If you don't recognize a number Dass said don't pick up. If you're not sure you can always download an app to help identify scam calls. 

Texas is ranked in the top five states suffering from robocalls. This law doesn't apply to political calls or to non-profits asking for donations.

 

 

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