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Lawmakers, tech industry look to thwart robocalls

Lawmakers are looking to work with the tech industry to stop a nuisance for millions of Americans: robocalls.

Robocalls, automated calls that use a computerized system to deliver pre-recorded messages or to connect a call to everyday Americans, are a problem for many, but especially the elderly, according to the House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection.

Alleged 'face' of robocalls testifies it's as easy as the 'click of a button'

The alleged "face" of unwanted robocalls testified Wednesday that the technology to start a large autodial campaign is easy to use and can be set up by "anyone" from a home office.

"There is available open source software that can be misused by someone to make thousands of automated calls with the click of a button," Adrian Abramovich said during a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing.

Get Started: IRS warns against phone and phishing scams

Income tax filing season brings an increase in activity by would-be thieves using phone calls and email to try to get money out of taxpayers. That warning comes from the IRS.  Phone scams often involve someone calling a taxpayer, telling them they owe taxes and could be arrested if they don't pay.