TAMPA, Fla. – They try to sell you an extended car warranty. They even pose as the IRS. While most robocalls are more annoying than harmful, others have gone so far as to target Alzheimer’s patients.
Will we ever be able to stop them, for good? U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist has an idea. He wants to put robocallers in jail.
“I get these crazy calls on it all the time,” said Susan Jacobson of Trinity. “I have no way of stopping it.”
Jacobson, whose identity had been stolen, believes some of the spam calls are related to that. But she still gets all the same storylines that the rest of us do.
“I get these calls from car companies looking for me to buy a car. And I keep telling them, take this number off. It’s not a good number,” Jacobson said. “It’s a lot of effort and a lot of time and there should be consequences.”
In October, there were an estimated 4.1 billion spam calls in the U.S. according to robocall blocking app YouMail. That’s 1,500 calls per second. The Tampa area accounted for more than 46 million of them.
“People deserve to have their privacy. They shouldn’t be preyed upon like this,” said U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist.
Crist is now urging the Department…