Sen. Chuck Schumer was in Syracuse Monday to announce new legislation that would aggressively prosecute scam callers after many Central New Yorkers received telephone-based scams last week.
Schumer made the announcement at the James M. Hanley Federal Building in Syracuse.
The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act, or TRACED, would give federal agencies more tools and authority to trace, prosecute, and enforce fines on robocall scammers.
"Incessant and invasive robocalls — all times of day and night — generated by scoundrels who have programmed bots are a metastasizing plague that we must find ever new ways to confront and beat back. That are not just a nuisance, they are often the fly paper that traps unwitting consumers in nasty rip offs," said Schumer in a written statement prior to the announcement.
The legislation would also establish more requirements to filter out robocalls before ever reaching unsuspecting New Yorkers.