AG Herring joins nation's attorneys general in letter to Congress to fight robocalls

Staff writer

There were billions of robocalls in the United States last year, but the nation’s attorneys general hope Congress can put an end to the incessant phone calls.

Virginia’s Attorney General Mark Herring along with the attorneys general of every other state and several U.S. territories have sent a letter to the U.S. Senate to enact the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act, according to a news release from the state Attorney General’s Office.

The bipartisan measure would force telecoms companies and regulators to create a system to authenticate phone calls and weed out the robocalls, scammers and telemarketers, the release said.

“The rise in robocalls and spoofed calls is annoying for many of us, disruptive for first-responders and health providers on call, and it can even be dangerous if there’s a scammer on the other end,” Herring said in the release.“The TRACED Act is really important because scammers and robocallers continue to use more sophisticated technology to hide their identity and our laws must keep up. It’s going to take state law enforcement, federal law enforcement and regulators, and phone companies all working together to get these calls under control.”

There were more than 48 billion robocalls made last year — that’s more than 140 robocalls per person in the country, according to the release.

The nation’s attorney’s general work to protect consumers from harassing scam phone calls and robocalls, the release said.

To report a scam phone call or a violation of the national do-not-call registry contact the Federal Trade Commission at 1-888-382-1222.

For more information on how to reduce robocalls and scam calls, go to

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