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Fed Up With Robocalls? Federal Trade Commission Says It's Dialing In On Solutions

By some estimates, 26 billion robocalls were made to U.S. cellphones last year.
A call log displayed via an AT&T app on a cellphone in Orlando, Fla. helps locate and block fraudulent calls, although some robocalls do get through. (John Raoux/AP)

When was the last time you got irritated by a robocall?

By some estimates, 26 billion of them were made to U.S. cellphones last year.

Lawmakers in the Senate Commerce Committee — the TRACED Act — that would levy fines as high as $10,000 on the people responsible for the calls, many of which are scams attempting to ensnare sensitive personal information like Social Security numbers.

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