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Senator Chuck Schumer is introducing legislation to increase the penalties against telemarketing companies that violate the "do not call" rules.

Schumer says spammers are taking advantage of new technology and legal loopholes, so he wants the penalties increased to $20,000 dollars for each violation and jail time for the most egregious repeat offenders.

"When it comes to the loophole-exploiting robo-call industry, we need to fight fire with fire and that means higher penalties, jail time, and better technology to fight the spammers who have ruined countless family dinners, sporting events, and other family gatherings," said Schumer. "The Do Not Call list is a great idea that needs some updating to make it better suited to our modern world."

The technology has evolved in recent years to allow even a single person to make millions of pre-recorded calls with the click of a mouse. 

In addition to being illegal, many of these automated calls involve scam artists and callers are often masked behind 'caller id spoofing,' the practice of displaying a different number on the recipient's caller id system.

Since August, the Federal Trade Commission has logged as many as $200,000 so-called robo-call complaints a month.

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