ALBANY, N.Y. (AP/WKBW) - U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer knows just how annoying robocalls can be. So, he announced that he's supporting legislation to require all phone carriers to make call-blocking tools available for free to customers.
The technology prevents the automated calls from getting through to you, by identifying suspicious phone numbers or calls. It's similar to how email spam filters catch unwanted emails.
Schumer said statistics show that Americans received 3.4 billion robocalls in April. That's an increase of nearly 1 billion calls, from April 2017.
Schumer said robocalls, in addition to being a nuisance, can also hit consumers in their wallets, by exposing them to scams.