State lawmakers consider bill to ban unwanted robocalls

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A new bill under consideration by state lawmakers in Albany would ban annoying robocalls.

The new bill, the Robocall Prevention Act, would require phone companies to alert you if an incoming call is a robocall free of charge and give you the opportunity to reject it.

It would also give the state attorney general the power to fine businesses that continue to make unwanted calls.

State Sen. John Brooks says 48 billion robocalls were made in the U.S. last year. He says about 40 percent of them were scams.

Dennis Kenderes of East Meadow says he's on the "do not call" list, but continues to receive robocalls.

The Professional Association for Customer Engagement, a group representing telemarketers who are making the calls for legitimate businesses, says the new bill would only create more red tape for them and not stop illegal robocalls from being made.

Brooks says "spoofing" calls that make incoming calls that look like local numbers are generated from outside the U.S. It's up to the federal government to stop those.

The New York bill aims to reduce the number of robocalls made within the U.S.

The bill is in committee and hasn't been voted on yet.

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