A criminal sandbox

Senator Claire McCaskill
2013-07-12 17:30:13
    Dear Unity, This summer marks the ten-year anniversary of the popular Do Not Call Registry, widely recognized as a successful government program. Yet, robocalls continue to be the largest complaint by consumers heard by the Missouri Attorney General’s office and federal agencies. It’s because, while Do Not Call has reined in legitimate companies, fraudulent robocallers who aren’t shy about breaking the law are targeting families across the country—specifically our more vulnerable citizens, like seniors. I led a hearing in my Consumer Protection Subcommittee this week focused on why robocalls continue to creep into Missouri’s homes and businesses, and more importantly, what we can do to put a stop to this and put the control back in the consumer’s hands. Witnesses testifying included federal officials, representatives of the telecommunications industry, and individuals with potential solutions to robocalls. What we heard was that technology is emerging to help crack down on robocalls, and yet American phone carriers aren’t taking advantage of it. I was particularly impressed with what I heard from Freelance Software Developer Aaron Foss, who discussed his concept that could prevent robocalls by providing a service that functions similar to a “spam folder” that we have for our email inboxes. It’s that type of ingenuity that will allow us to keep scammers off our phones. That’s why I told American carriers that they have three months to report back to me on why they do or do not think it’s feasible to deploy these kinds of technologies. We have the capability of being as sophisticated in terms of technology as the bad guys. We shouldn’t be ten years behind Canada, where a robocall filtering service is already available. Whether it’s robocalls or some other scam, I want to know about any fraud Missourians are encountering in advertising and sales. Tell me your story by using the “Submit Your Scam” tool on my website. This will give me a better idea of the problems you’re encountering and help me to crack down on scams. All the best, P.S. I’m also hard at work at my other Subcommittee, Financial & Contracting Oversight. Click HERE to read about my demand for answers, after a report found that a Pentagon program aimed at finding, identifying, and returning the remains of American troops missing in action has been woefully mismanaged. I learned important lessons from my work overhauling the management at Arlington National Cemetery, that even the most sacred work done by the Pentagon needs strong oversight.       Regional Offices & Contact Information     Washington, DC Office Hart Senate Office Building, Ste. 506 Washington, D.C. 20510 P: 202-224-6154 F: 202-228-6326 Cape Girardeau 555 Independence St., Room 1600 Cape Girardeau, MO 63703 P: 573-651-0964 F: 573-334-4278 Columbia 915 E. Ash St. Columbia, MO 65201 P: 573-442-7130 F: 573-442-7140         Kansas City 4141 Pennsylvania Ave., Ste. 101 Kansas City, MO 64111 P: 816-421-1639 F: 816-421-2562 Springfield 324 Park Central West, Ste. 101 Springfield, MO 65806 P: 417-868-8745 F: 417-831-1349 St. Louis 5850 Delmar Blvd, Ste. A St. Louis, MO 63112 P: 314-367-1364 F: 314-361-8649       I'm on Twitter, a networking tool that helps me keep in touch with Missourians -- read more about Twitter here. Keep up to date on how I'm working for you in Washington by following me @mccaskilloffice. Reach me on Facebook at Facebook.com/SenatorMcCaskill. To unsubscribe from Claire's Newsletter, please visit the unsubscribe page here: mccaskill.senate.gov/
Claire McCaskill | Missouri's Senator
   

Dear Unity,

This summer marks the ten-year anniversary of the popular Do Not Call Registry, widely recognized as a successful government program. Yet, robocalls continue to be the largest complaint by consumers heard by the Missouri Attorney General’s office and federal agencies.

It’s because, while Do Not Call has reined in legitimate companies, fraudulent robocallers who aren’t shy about breaking the law are targeting families across the country—specifically our more vulnerable citizens, like seniors.

I led a hearing in my Consumer Protection Subcommittee this week focused on why robocalls continue to creep into Missouri’s homes and businesses, and more importantly, what we can do to put a stop to this and put the control back in the consumer’s hands.

Witnesses testifying included federal officials, representatives of the telecommunications industry, and individuals with potential solutions to robocalls. What we heard was that technology is emerging to help crack down on robocalls, and yet American phone carriers aren’t taking advantage of it.

I was particularly impressed with what I heard from Freelance Software Developer Aaron Foss, who discussed his concept that could prevent robocalls by providing a service that functions similar to a “spam folder” that we have for our email inboxes. It’s that type of ingenuity that will allow us to keep scammers off our phones. That’s why I told American carriers that they have three months to report back to me on why they do or do not think it’s feasible to deploy these kinds of technologies.

We have the capability of being as sophisticated in terms of technology as the bad guys. We shouldn’t be ten years behind Canada, where a robocall filtering service is already available.

Whether it’s robocalls or some other scam, I want to know about any fraud Missourians are encountering in advertising and sales. Tell me your story by using the “Submit Your Scam” tool on my website. This will give me a better idea of the problems you’re encountering and help me to crack down on scams.

All the best,


P.S. I’m also hard at work at my other Subcommittee, Financial & Contracting Oversight. Click HERE to read about my demand for answers, after a report found that a Pentagon program aimed at finding, identifying, and returning the remains of American troops missing in action has been woefully mismanaged. I learned important lessons from my work overhauling the management at Arlington National Cemetery, that even the most sacred work done by the Pentagon needs strong oversight.

   
 

Regional Offices & Contact Information

   

Washington, DC Office
Hart Senate Office Building, Ste. 506
Washington, D.C. 20510
P: 202-224-6154
F: 202-228-6326

Cape Girardeau
555 Independence St., Room 1600
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
P: 573-651-0964
F: 573-334-4278

Columbia
915 E. Ash St.
Columbia, MO 65201
P: 573-442-7130
F: 573-442-7140

   
   

Kansas City
4141 Pennsylvania Ave., Ste. 101
Kansas City, MO 64111
P: 816-421-1639
F: 816-421-2562

Springfield
324 Park Central West, Ste. 101
Springfield, MO 65806
P: 417-868-8745
F: 417-831-1349

St. Louis
5850 Delmar Blvd, Ste. A
St. Louis, MO 63112
P: 314-367-1364
F: 314-361-8649

   
 

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