WASHINGTON (WFXR) — Attorneys general from all 50 states and the District of Columbia have signed a letter sent to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in support of forcing robocallers to halt misusing phone numbers.

The letter, which can be viewed below, is signed by all 51 attorneys general.

Scammers often use legitimate phone numbers to make incessant robocalls that swindle consumers out of their hard-earned money.

“As telecommunications technology improves, so does scammers’ ability to find ways to exploit it. West Virginia remains committed to making progress in combating unlawful robocalls and we will continue to cooperate with other states and national agencies to stop these illegal and obnoxious scam calls.”

Patrick Morrisey, West Virginia Attorney General

Earlier this year, phone companies were required to implement caller ID authentication technology, known as STIR-SHAKEN, to combat spoofing by ensuring that telephone calls originate from verified numbers.

Because the technology prevents robocallers from spoofing phone numbers, scam robocalls have dropped by 29 percent since June as the technology continues to be implemented.

Robocallers are now successfully evading this new technology by purchasing access to legitimate phone numbers to conceal their identities.

They typically do this by providing false identifying information to, or otherwise shielding their identities from, the companies that have access to legitimate phone numbers.

All 51 attorneys general support the FCC’s proposals to implement a more thorough application, review, and monitoring process for phone companies that request direct access to phone numbers and to require these companies to verify their customers’ identities to help keep the numbers from being sold, leased or rented to illegal robocallers.

For breaking news delivered to you, subscribe to WFXR’s breaking news email list