HARRISBURG – A measure protecting Pennsylvanians from fraudulent telemarketing practices was passed by state House lawmakers. Some firms exist for the purpose of defrauding people and businesses by employing a variety of schemes to defraud unsuspecting individuals. It is estimated that Americans, mostly elderly, lose $40 billion per year as a result of telephone fraud and scams. The Telemarketer Registration Act and the PA Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law exist to protect people from these practices, but many consumer protection advocates argue that combating such schemes is hampered by PA’s Wiretap Act’s prohibition on the recipient of the call to record it without the telemarketer’s consent. House Bill 1985 would create an exception to the Wiretap Act by permitting individuals who receive fraudulent and scam calls to record the call of a telemarketer for the purpose of enforcing consumer protection laws.