Representative Foxx Leads New Bipartisan Legislation to Eliminate Robocall Schemes
WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Representatives Virginia Foxx (NC-05), Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09), Jeff Van Drew (NJ-02), Harley Rouda (CA-48), Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), and Tim Walberg (MI-07) introduced the Ending One-Ring Scams Act of 2019 (H.R. 3264). Often unaware it’s a robocall, consumers call back a missed call, which allows robocallers to collect fees from cell phone carriers. These fees then trickle down to consumers’ cell phone bills. This bipartisan legislation would empower the Department of Justice to stop robocallers from defrauding consumers through these malicious one-ring phone call scams.
“Almost everyone I know has experienced the extreme annoyance of one-ring scammers, and many have even dealt with fees and fraud from calling them back. As a longtime proponent of greater regulation over robocalls, I am proud to work with my bipartisan colleagues on the Ending One-Ring Scams Act to ensure that the FCC seeks an effective regulatory solution to curb one-ring scams,” Foxx stated.
YouMail estimates that there were nearly 48 billion robocalls in 2018, a 64 percent increase since 2016. First Orion predicts that this year 44.6 percent of all calls to mobile phones will be scam calls.
Specifically, the Ending One-Ring Scams Act of 2019 would:
U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx represents North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District and is Republican Leader of the House Committee on Education and Labor.