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  • PHARMACEUTICAL ADS
  • ROBOCALLS
  • TELEMARKETING FRAUD
Winning Issue » TELEMARKETING FRAUD


There could be up to 10 billion phone numbers in the U.S. today. And each day, it is estimated telemarketers make 148 million sales calls. In order to identify potential customers, telemarketers often purchase consumer profiles from merchants and other information brokers. In 2021, Americans lost nearly $60 million to telemarketing scams. The number of consumer complaints about unwanted telemarketing calls increased, from nearly four million in 2020 to over five million in 2021. Of those complaints, 68% concerned robocalls and 22% were about live telemarketing, an increase of 22% from 2020. Those over 60 years of age file almost half of all telemarketing fraud complaints.

Consumer advocates say older people are targeted because they are often at home and can easily be preyed upon by swindlers taking advantage of their isolation or loneliness. Telemarketing trade groups claim their industry creates millions of jobs and pumps more than $21 billion into our economy. Even so, at least 70% of Americans have added their telephone numbers to the FTC’s do-not-call registry which prohibits commercial telemarketers from calling residences on this list. Telemarketers claim the do-not-call list is unconstitutional because it limits speech based on its content and because it only bans marketing calls - not calls from politicians, charities and others.

Proposed Legislation: Reintroduction of H.R.982 - Seniors Fraud Prevention Act of 2021
Prospective Sponsor: Rep. Vern Buchanan (FL)



Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current telemarketing fraud policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Speaker Kevin McCarthy (CA).
  • I support establishing an office within the Bureau of Consumer Protection to advise the FTC on the prevention of fraud targeting seniors and to assist the FTC in monitoring the market for mail, television, Internet, telemarketing and robocall fraud targeting seniors by: 1.) Disseminating to seniors, their families and caregivers information on the most common fraud schemes, including methods of reporting complaints either to the FTC's national toll-free telephone number or to the FTC's Consumer Sentinel Network, where complaints become immediately available to the FBI, state attorneys general, and other appropriate law enforcement agencies. 2.) Providing, in response to a specific request about a particular entity or individual, publicly available information regarding the FTC's enforcement action. 3.) Maintaining a website with information on fraud which targets seniors. And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Vern Buchanan (FL) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.


Winning Option

  • I support establishing an office within the Bureau of Consumer Protection to advise the FTC on the prevention of fraud targeting seniors and to assist the FTC in monitoring the market for mail, television, Internet, telemarketing and robocall fraud targeting seniors by:

    1.) Disseminating to seniors, their families and caregivers information on the most common fraud schemes, including methods of reporting complaints either to the FTC's national toll-free telephone number or to the FTC's Consumer Sentinel Network, where complaints become immediately available to the FBI, state attorneys general, and other appropriate law enforcement agencies.

    2.) Providing, in response to a specific request about a particular entity or individual, publicly available information regarding the FTC's enforcement action.

    3.) Maintaining a website with information on fraud which targets seniors.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Vern Buchanan (FL) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.
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