Texas received the most robocalls in the U.S. in 2019

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SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) - Frankie Rushing says she used to deal with up to eight robocalls in a day, and had this method of getting them to stop.

"Basically I would tell them 'I know this is a scam, don't call my phone again.' I'd receive more calls from different numbers and I'd just keep it going, 'don't call my phone," said Rushing.

According to YouMail, a company that researches phone calls in the U.S., Texans got 6.6 billion robocalls last year, that's an average of 210 calls per person.

Oklahomans dealt with an average of 194 calls.

"It would be nice not to get so many useless calls. I don't have the time to waste to talk to somebody to sell me something I don't want," said Jason West.

"It's frustrating, it really is," said Rushing.

YouMail CEO Alex Quilici says 2019 saw a record-high 58 billion robocalls nationwide.

"Things went from bad to slightly worse," said Quilici.

However changes are coming on a national scale.

Last month, President Donald Trump signed the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act, also known as the TRACED Act.

Quilici says this new law forces carriers to verify caller ID.

"Robocallers just can't make up numbers when they call. So that will make it harder for them to get through," said Quilici.

As well as helping law enforcement track down the callers.

"It's easier for the government to try to shut them down and make them pay a price," said Quilici.

That price, up to $10,000 in fines per robocall.

To put that into perspective, if every robocall in Texas in 2019 got the maximum fine, that money would cover the U.S. national debt...twice.

In the meantime, Rushing says her method of calling out the robocalls has worked for her.

"I watch my coworkers get like, four or five a day and I'm sitting here and my phones not ringing, I don't get nothing no more," said Rushing.