If you answer the phone and hear a recorded message instead of a live person, it’s a robocall.

If you’re getting a lot of robocalls trying to sell you something, odds are the calls are illegal. Many are also probably scams.

Seniors are primary targets for fraudsters, accounting for 38% of scams. Estimates are that 5 million cases of elder fraud annually result in $27.4 billion in losses.

S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson has been among those combating robocalls, taking part in a nationwide public awareness campaign. The social media effort is part of “Operation Call it Quits,” a joint crackdown on robocalls by the Federal Trade Commission.

There is also the TRACED Act, a 2019 law that requires phone companies to implement STIR/SHAKEN technology on their networks. This caller ID authentication technology helps ensure that telephone calls are originating from verified…

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