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AG Kaul part of bipartisan effort to lower spoof calls in U.S.

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Scams target the elderly

(WAOW) -- Attorney General Josh Kaul is calling for change between the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and international phone companies, and is among more than 50 attorneys general behind the effort.

They're asking the FCC to tighten its restrictions on spoof calls, as Americans lost hundreds of millions of dollars to scammers in 2020.

Part of what's being proposed is ensuring foreign companies will be more honest that calls are legitimate.

Kaul says measures like these will save people money and keep personal data away from those who can do harm.

"If we can reduce their opportunity to do that by taking measure to prevent illegal robo calls from going through, I think we're going to see a reduction in fraud as well," he said.

The group of attorneys general is also looking to implement more authentication technology to further prevent future scams.

While these talks progress, Kaul says people should still be vigilant when answering calls from unknown numbers.

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