Schumer Wants Phone Carriers to Help Block Robocalls

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -

Sen. Charles Schumer is urging phone carriers to make robocall blocking technology available to landline and cellphone customers.

Schumer says blocking technology can send an automated telemarketing call to a spam box, much like email spam-blockers do.

He says the technology is needed because despite federal “Do Not Call” rules, hundreds of thousands of people continue to receive unwanted telemarketing calls.

Schumer also quoted The Consumers Union, stating that there were 305,000 complaints about Do Not Call violations in September 2014 alone.

In addition to harmless but annoying calls from mortgage companies and credit card firms, robocalls can also subject phone customers to dangerous scams. Schumer noted the recent robocall tax scam that told victims they owed money to the IRS.