McCaskill says technology creates a 'criminal sandbox' for robo-callers to play in

Jul 11, 2013

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U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill says phone providers should use the latest technology to crack down on the number of so-called “robo-calls.”

McCaskill chaired a hearing Wednesday of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection exploring how to reduce the number of such calls received by consumers.

She says despite the establishment of a “Do Not Call” list 10 years ago, robo-callers have not been deterred.

“They’ve got the technology to do massive amounts of calls for literally scraps off the table with great potential of pay-off," said McCaskill. "I mean this is a criminal sandbox and I can’t imagine a more fun place to hang out if you’re somebody who’s a criminal.”

McCaskill says the Federal Trade Commission receives more than 200,000 complaints about fraudulent robo-calls per month. In Missouri, she says complaints have doubled every year since 2009.