America is losing the war against robocalls

“I AM not the kingpin of robocalling that is alleged.” So Adrian Abramovich, a telemarketer from Florida, assured American senators in April. Accused of making nearly 100m illegal “robocalls” in 2016 as part of a campaign to sell discounted holidays, Mr Abramovich has denied criminal wrongdoing. Nonetheless, on May 10th the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), America’s telecoms regulator, fined him $120m, the largest penalty in the agency’s history.

Chinese Robocalls Bombarding The U.S. Are Part Of An International Phone Scam

If you live in a part of the country that has a large Chinese immigrant population, you may have recently received a robocall in Mandarin — or even several of them. The calls seem to be blanketing certain phone exchanges without regard to the national origin of the recipients. Presumably, this is how the New York Police Department ended up on the call list.

Yes, It’s Bad. Robocalls, and Their Scams, Are Surging.

It’s not just you.

Those pesky robocalls — at best annoying disturbances and at worst costly financial scams — are getting worse.

In an age when cellphones have become extensions of our bodies, robocallers now follow people wherever they go, disrupting business meetings, church services and bedtime stories with their children.

Lawmakers, tech industry look to thwart robocalls

Lawmakers are looking to work with the tech industry to stop a nuisance for millions of Americans: robocalls.

Robocalls, automated calls that use a computerized system to deliver pre-recorded messages or to connect a call to everyday Americans, are a problem for many, but especially the elderly, according to the House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection.

Alleged 'face' of robocalls testifies it's as easy as the 'click of a button'

The alleged "face" of unwanted robocalls testified Wednesday that the technology to start a large autodial campaign is easy to use and can be set up by "anyone" from a home office.

"There is available open source software that can be misused by someone to make thousands of automated calls with the click of a button," Adrian Abramovich said during a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing.

Get Started: IRS warns against phone and phishing scams

Income tax filing season brings an increase in activity by would-be thieves using phone calls and email to try to get money out of taxpayers. That warning comes from the IRS.  Phone scams often involve someone calling a taxpayer, telling them they owe taxes and could be arrested if they don't pay. 

From 'Spoofing' To 'Swatting,' Experts Say Results Of Thwarting Scam Calls Mixed

Last Tuesday, the Internal Revenue Service said people were being being bilked out of money by criminals pretending to be from the tax collection agency. Two days later, I received a phone call that my provider said was probably spam. They left a message saying they were from the IRS and I was in big trouble.

FCC and FTC Partner in Upcoming Efforts to Stop Illegal Robocalls

Last week the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that they will host a joint policy Forum on March 23, 2018 to highlight the actions the agencies and others have taken to fight illegal robocalls. They also announced that one month later, on April 23, they will co-host a Stop Illegal Robocalls Expo in Washington, D.C.

Phone Scams Remain on IRS 'Dirty Dozen' List of Tax Scams

Be careful out there. That's the word from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as the tax agency reminds taxpayers about continuing aggressive phone scams. Those phone scams are "a major threat to taxpayers" and as such, continued to hold down a top spot on the IRS "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for the 2018 filing season.