The latest threat from the government shutdown: More robo-calls

Robo-calls keep ringing and ringing Americans' phones — and the government shutdown could make the never-ending assault even worse.

With federal agencies closed, consumers have been left with few options to defend against the tidal wave of unwanted automated calls coming from telemarketers, scam artists and debt collectors that target Americans' home phones and mobile devices at all hours of the day.

Robocalls jumped 60 percent in the U.S. last year and scammers are finding more ways to make money

It’s not your imagination. You are getting bombarded with robocalls.

Robocalling, a practice where marketers send automated voice messages to thousands of phones at once, surged 60 percent in the U.S. last year to 48 billion calls, according to preliminary year-end data from YouMail, a robocall management company that tracks the volume of calls.

Robocalls are annoying, insidious and often illegal — and there’s no “magic solution” to stop them

By the time you finish reading this sentence, roughly 2,000 more robocalls will have pinged phones across the country.

Most are the same: a buzz emits from an incoming 303, 720 or other familiar area code. Maybe it is a locked-out neighbor? A child’s classmate? But on the other end of the line is a robotic voice rattling off a list of ominous hazards. Something about the IRS, a credit score or mortgage rates.

Florida AG and FTC Obtain $23 Million Judgment in Robocall Enforcement Action

On December 14, the Florida Attorney General (AG) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announceda $23 million federal district court judgment against the owner of an Orlando-based “robocall” operation.  The massive robocall operation tricked consumers into paying upfront fees of $500 to $1500 for false credit card interest-rate-reduction and debt-elimination services, allegedly causing $23 million in consumer harm.

Social Engineering Rising, KBAs Fading for Call Centers: TRUSTID Fraud Predictions

The social engineering part of cybercrimes will become more rampant and the final countdown for knowledge based authentication begins in TRUSTID’s, top five fraud and customer authentication predictions for 2019.

Senators want to give FTC more authority to combat illegal robocalls

Lawmakers are continuing their push to end robocalls.

On Wednesday, Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota introduced the REAL PEACE Act, which would expand the Federal Trade Commission's authority to crack down on telecom companies that facilitate illegal robocalls.

Bipartisan Bill Introduced In The Senate To Thwart Illegal Robocall Scams

Sen. John Thune (R-SD), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), a member of the Committee and author of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), recently introduced S. 3655, the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act (the TRACED Act), to prevent illegal robocall scams. 

Today In Data: The Rise Of Call Center Fraud

Call centers are facing the potential of fraud from inside and outside their facilities, and they are taking multi-pronged approaches to tackle these security challenges. At the same time, experts say that fraudsters will be busy this holiday season, and will be particularly active on online marketplaces.

The FCC has a new plan to combat unwanted robocalls and spammy texts

The U.S. government said Tuesday that it plans to take aim at the scourge of unwelcome phone calls and spam text messages plaguing millions of consumers — but one of its proposals drew sharp rebukes, with critics concerned that it could enable telecom giants to censor legitimate communications.

Rules against robocalls shouldn't be loosened

(CNN) Thirty billion robocalls were made to American consumers in 2017, according to YouMail, a robocall-blocking service. And while robocalls, made with an automated dialer or using a prerecorded or artificial voice, torment Democrats, Republicans and independents alike, even on this issue, Washington leadership has found a way to divide along party lines.

The FCC is demanding companies take action to stop nuisance 'robocalls'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - US Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Monday wrote the chief executives of major telephone service providers and other companies, demanding they launch a system no later than 2019 to combat billions of "robocalls" and other nuisance calls received monthly by American consumers.

FCC pushes carriers to implement caller ID authentication by 2019

Even if you don't agree with Ajit Pai's stance on some important issues, you might still want to hear about his latest campaign against robocalls. The FCC chairman has demanded(PDF) the adoption of a robust call authentication system to prevent caller ID spoofing, telling American carriers to implement the technology no later than 2019.