Sen. Schumer getting tough on telemarketers - New York News

Sen. Schumer getting tough on telemarketers

Posted: Updated:

Senator Chuck Schumer is introducing legislation to increase the penalties against telemarketing companies that violate the "do not call" rules.

Schumer says spammers are taking advantage of new technology and legal loopholes, so he wants the penalties increased to $20,000 dollars for each violation and jail time for the most egregious repeat offenders.

"When it comes to the loophole-exploiting robo-call industry, we need to fight fire with fire and that means higher penalties, jail time, and better technology to fight the spammers who have ruined countless family dinners, sporting events, and other family gatherings," said Schumer. "The Do Not Call list is a great idea that needs some updating to make it better suited to our modern world."

The technology has evolved in recent years to allow even a single person to make millions of pre-recorded calls with the click of a mouse. 

In addition to being illegal, many of these automated calls involve scam artists and callers are often masked behind 'caller id spoofing,' the practice of displaying a different number on the recipient's caller id system.

Since August, the Federal Trade Commission has logged as many as $200,000 so-called robo-call complaints a month.

  • New York State NewsNew York State NewsMore>>

  • Schumer proposes ban on 10 flame retardants

    Schumer proposes ban on 10 flame retardants

    Sunday, September 14 2014 10:42 PM EDT2014-09-15 02:42:47 GMT
    Gov. Andrew CuomoGov. Andrew Cuomo
    Senator Charles Schumer says a Duke University study has found flame retardants in upholstered furniture and children's products like toys, pajamas and pillows to be highly toxic. The chemicals have also been linked to developmental delays and rare cancers in firefighters as well as cancers and hormone disruption in children.
    Senator Charles Schumer says a Duke University study has found flame retardants in upholstered furniture and children's products like toys, pajamas and pillows to be highly toxic. The chemicals have also been linked to developmental delays and rare cancers in firefighters as well as cancers and hormone disruption in children.
  • 3 plead guilty in $1.3M trading card theft

    3 plead guilty in $1.3M trading card theft

    Saturday, September 13 2014 3:20 PM EDT2014-09-13 19:20:23 GMT
    New York State NewsNew York State News
    Three former employees of a western New York trading card business have admitted stealing $1.3 million by taking advantage of a flaw in the computer software their employer used.
    Three former employees of a western New York trading card business have admitted stealing $1.3 million by taking advantage of a flaw in the computer software their employer used.
  • Ceremony to mark 43 years since Attica prison riot

    Ceremony to mark 43 years since Attica prison riot

    Saturday, September 13 2014 2:46 PM EDT2014-09-13 18:46:23 GMT
    Attica Correctional Facility. (AP)Attica Correctional Facility. (AP)
    Hundreds of personal items collected after the nation's deadliest prison riot will be returned to their owners and families as they mark the 43rd anniversary of the uprising.
    Hundreds of personal items collected after the nation's deadliest prison riot will be returned to their owners and families as they mark the 43rd anniversary of the uprising.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices