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Calls from telemarketers have long been an issue. However, the calls became easier to ignore when caller ID became popular. Then, it worsened as our cell phones, in addition to our land lines, fell victim. 

Whether it’s late in the evening or even on holidays, the calls persist. However, it transitions from annoying to dangerous when scammers spoof calls, which is when a call shows a different name or phone number than is actually associated with the caller. It may look like the call is from the recipient’s insurance company or bank, for example, so the caller can lure people into answering and then trick them into sharing their personal information or hard-earned money. 

Spoofing needs to be swiftly and aggressively addressed. Despite being illegal, these unwanted robocalls that appear to originate from local, often legitimate, numbers in order to trick consumers, are on the rise. Representatives in the House have recognized this problem and are determined to find methods to better protect Pennsylvanians. 

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously supported a resolution urging Congress to grant additional authority to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to stop unwanted robocalls and spoofing, as well as to educate the public on how to report illegal calls. 

Spam calls are the most frequent complaint received by the FCC, and action is necessary.

While the Pennsylvania House of Representatives implores the FCC to stop the harassment of Pennsylvanians through their own devices, residents can take action to limit another form of harassment – unwanted calls from telemarketers. 

There are two Do Not Call Lists available: the National Do Not Call List and the Pennsylvania Do Not Call List. Register your cell phone and land line numbers with the PA list by calling 888-777-3406 and the national list by calling 888-382-1222. Both phone numbers are toll free.