If you answer the phone and hear a recorded message instead of a live person, it’s a robocall.

If you’re getting a lot of robocalls trying to sell you something, odds are the calls are illegal. Many are also probably scams.

Seniors are primary targets for fraudsters, accounting for 38% of scams. Estimates are that 5 million cases of elder fraud annually result in $27.4 billion in losses.

S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson has been among those combating robocalls, taking part in a nationwide public awareness campaign. The social media effort is part of “Operation Call it Quits,” a joint crackdown on robocalls by the Federal Trade Commission.

There is also the TRACED Act, a 2019 law that requires phone companies to implement STIR/SHAKEN technology on their networks. This caller ID authentication technology helps ensure that telephone calls are originating from verified numbers, not spoofed sources. Large companies were required to implement the technology by June 2021.

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The technology has helped.

Because it prevents robocallers from spoofing phone numbers, scam robocalls have dropped by 29% since June as the phone industry continues to put STIR/SHAKEN into effect.

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