Recommendations on robocalls
To the Editor:
It’s time to do away with the useless National Do Not Call Registry and replace it with a national “please call list.” It is quite obvious no one pays any attention to the Do Not Call list because it has no teeth.
My solution is to create a list for people who want to receive all these calls every day.
Then impose heavy fines for anyone who doesn’t use the new list. My suggestion is a $10,000 fine for the first offense, with 10 percent going to the victim of the call, 30 percent to the phone company to cover the cost of verifying the call actually originated at the number being used and 60 percent to go to the government to help pay off the national debt.
The fine for any additional offenses against the same victim should be $100,000, with the same ratio for distribution.
If it is determined that the caller was using technology to use fake caller ID, the fine would be $1 million for each offense, with 10 percent going to the holder of the number being used, 10 percent to the victim of the call, 30 percent to the phone company to trace it back to the originator and the remaining 50 percent to the national debt.
Since many of these illegal calls originate in foreign countries, sanctions should be imposed if those countries fail to do all in their power to eliminate this crime.
All calls must have a live person on the line waiting as soon as the person receiving the call answers – the same as if you were calling a friend. While there are a few legitimate uses for recorded messages, such as reminders for appointments, public safety messages and to let people know an item they ordered has arrived at a store, the use of recorded messages when a person answers should be considered a criminal offense with strict punishment.
One to five years in jail would be a good place to start for a first offense.
The use of the phone to defraud should be treated in the same way that mail fraud is treated – with the more severe punishments, as the targeted victims don’t have time to evaluate the material or consult with anyone else about it.