Ring! Ring! Ring! Your car warranty is nearing expiration. You owe money to the IRS. You’ve been pre-approved for a low-interest credit card!
Robocalls — often from scammers trying to steal your money — have long been the bane of communication technology.
“It’s not just that they’re are so damn annoying and frustrating, it’s that they’re dangerous,” said Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel, D-Woodland Hills, who chairs the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection.
“They enable criminal conduct and erode trust. They prey on our most vulnerable communities — seniors, immigrants, those with limited English skills. And we have the technology to stop it.”
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission gave phone companies a June 30 deadline to start using technology that helps identify and block such calls. And while the phone companies controlling the lion’s share of the market — Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile — have done so across all or most of their networks, many smaller companies have not.
Scammers are flocking to those little companies and continue to make more than a billion robocalls a month, according to FCC data and “Make the Ringing Stop,” a new report by the California Public Interest Research Group.
“Every day they wait, another Californian is taken advantage of,” said California Attorney General Rob Bonta. “There has been much progress — but there’s much to be done.”
Among 49 of the largest phone…