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Senator Ben Hueso’s new bill aims to end robocall scams for good

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SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - Did you know that Americans receive over 30 billion robocalls every year and experts estimate that between 30 and 40 percent of these calls are scams?

Because of this, Senator Ben Hueso has introduced a bill to stop illegal robocall scams known as “neighbor spoofing” where scammers attempt to trick consumers into answering calls from imposters posing as local callers. The spoofed calls go around Caller ID systems by using dialing programs that pretend to be a local phone number that includes the same area code and first three numbers of a consumer’s personal phone number.  In addition to spoofing phone numbers that do not yet exist, scammers also spoof phone numbers of government agencies and utilities

SB 208 sets a deadline for telecommunications providers to take the needed steps to stop these scams. The bill will also ensure the California Public Utilities Commission is able to collaborate with the California Attorney General’s Office to support action against illegal robocallers.

Senator Hueso was on joined Morning Extra on set to talk about the bill and how it will help Californians. 

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