WASHINGTON, DC- Even though the “Do Not Call Registry,” which has been in existence for more than a decade, is supposed to help prevent unwanted calls, far too many Americans are frustrated by the large number of unwanted telephone calls they receive each day.
Advances in technology, such as robocalls, caller ID spoofing, and Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) are making it easier for scammers to reach potential victims.
The Senate Special Committee on Aging, led by Chairman Susan Collins and Ranking Member Claire McCaskill, is scheduled to hold a hearing on Wednesday, June 8 at 2:30 PM titled, “Ringing Off the Hook: Examining the Proliferation of Unwanted Calls.” The Committee will look at why so many individuals who have signed up for the “Do Not Call Registry” continue to receive unwanted calls, whether that law should be updated to reflect changes in technology, and what the government can be doing to make it more difficult for scammers to reach potential victims, many of whom are seniors.
Details of the hearing are as follows:
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
2: 30 PM
Witnesses include: Linda Blase of Dallas, Texas, small business owner who is frustrated and overwhelmed by spoofed calls and robocalls; Prof. Henning Schulzrinne, Professor at Columbia University, New York, New York; Lois Greisman, Associate Director, Division of Marketing Practices, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, D.C.; and Joe Dandurand, Deputy Attorney General, State of Missouri, Jefferson City, Missouri.