US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), is pushing for a crackdown on robocalls, robotexts, and AI scams, in a recent press conference. Gillibrand says there are about 4 billion robocalls every month, and a majority of them are from scammers.
With the rise in Artificial Intelligence, better known as AI, phone scams are becoming more sophisticated including voice cloning. Voice cloning, allows scammers to mimic or impersonate the voice of an individual’s loved ones in order to steal money or information.
Senator Gillibrand announced she is reintroducing the Deter Obnoxious, Nefarious, and Outrageous Telephone Calls (DO NOT Call) Act to establish new criminal penalties for robocallers, including prison time. She is also calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate and track potentially devastating AI-powered scams.
“Robocalls are obnoxious and disruptive at best and mechanisms for insidious scams at worst,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Scammers should not be allowed unfettered access to New Yorkers at all times of day and night. I am reintroducing the DO NOT Call Act to finally crack down on robocalls and robotexts and impose stricter penalties for scammers – including up to 3 years in prison. I’m also calling on the FTC to investigate and track increasingly common AI scams that target vulnerable New Yorkers. I am determined to end relentless robocalls and look forward to getting this legislation passed.”
In addition to reintroducing the legislation, Gillibrand is also calling for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to track the increasing use of AI to perpetrate frauds and scams in their Consumer Sentinel Network.