The Hill reports: Two senators are pushing a new bipartisan bill to crack down on illegal robocall scams, raising the maximum civil fine for violators to $10,000 per call. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), the current chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) on Friday unveiled their Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act. The new bill would also give the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) more time to take enforcement actions against such scammers, lengthening the statute of limitation from one to three years. The bill would require the telecom industry to implement safeguards against a practice known as “spoofing,” in which scammers mask the origin of their calls and make it look like they are coming from a number with the same area code as the recipient.
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