AG Zoeller Urges Congress to Pass HANGUP Act, Ban all Robocalls to Cell Phones

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller on Tuesday urged the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation to pass the ‘‘Help Americans Never Get Unwanted Phone calls Act of 2015’’ or the ‘‘HANGUP” Act. The Act would repeal a recent amendment to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) allowing debt collection robocalls to peoples’ cell phones. Prior to the amendment, the TCPA prohibited all robocalls to cell phones. As amended, the TCPA now permits citizens to receive unwanted and previously illegal robocalls to their cell phones if the calls are made pursuant to the collection of debt owed to or guaranteed by the United States. Zoeller believes that since robocalls have been previously banned, people will associate these calls with scammers. This leads to an additional layer of confusion for people and will likely create more opportunity for fraud.

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