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St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Amid consumer gripes, Missouri again seeking to hang up on robocalls

The number of people who reported illegal telemarketing calls dropped slightly in 2019. However, lawmakers are again trying to limit this practice.


Rep. Steve Helms, R-Springfield, has introduced legislation to address telemarketers who try to mask their identities by using a phone number that is more recognizable or familiar.


This proposal would combat the ongoing use of “call spoofing,” which is a fake number scam that can be a nuisance to cellphone users but also can result in fraud


“We’ve all received calls that look like they’re coming from our own area code, but when we answer the phone it’s yet another annoying robocall. It’s time to take a stand against the unscrupulous individuals who run these scams as they attempt to defraud Missourians out of their hard-earned money,” Helms said.


To register for the Missouri no-call list, go to ago.mo.gov or call 1-866-662-2551. To sign up for the federal no-call list, go to donotcall.gov or call 1-888-382-1222.


The legislation is House Bill 2175.


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