WJRT ABC 12 Flint: Sen. Peters resurrects bill aimed at limiting robocalls and spoofing

He is calling for doubling fines for spoofing and organizing an illegal robocall campaign

WASHINGTON (WJRT) - Sen. Gary Peters has re-introduced a bill aimed at cracking down on widespread and invasive robocalls.

The Anti-Spoofing Penalties Modernization Act of 2021 would increase penalties for scammers who use illegal caller-ID tactics to trick people into answering the phone, which is known as “spoofing.”

If passed, Peters’ bill would double the fines to $20,000 per violation and to $2 million for people organizing illegal campaigns.

“The millions of robocalls that Michiganders receive are not just annoying, but in many cases are outright scams. Unfortunately, scammers are using ever-sophisticated scams to better ensure their robocalls are answered,” said Peters, a Democrat from Michigan.

Michigan residents received an estimated 1.7 billion robocalls in 2019. That equates to an average of about 170 robocalls received by every person the state over the course of the year.

Source: WJRT ABC 12 Flint