Your cellphone rings. You don’t recognize the number on the screen, but the call appears to be coming from your area code – perhaps even your exchange. Maybe the display shows it’s coming from your town.
Robocalls have been on the rise in the United States: An estimated 4.1 billion robocalls were made nationwide in June alone, according to data compiled by YouMail, an app that aims to prevent robocalls by playing an out-of-service message from your phone. Since February this year, the number of robocalls made to phone users across the country has risen more than 40 percent, it says.
Scammers are flooding the United States with Chinese-language robocalls, causing major headaches from coast to coast.
The robocalls just keep coming. But some new rules and initiatives may help the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission better combat them.
It all started simply enough just before dawn on July 8, 1937, when Mrs. Beard of Hampstead, England called police to report her husband was chasing a burglar around the neighborhood.
The Federal Communications Commission is trying to rally industry to its side to prevent robocalls, especially those seeming to come from a local number.
An IRS impersonation fraud that has victimized thousands of Americans leads a 2017 U.S. Senate ranking of the Top 10 scams targeting senior citizens.
NASHVILLE — Bomb threats were reported Monday at Jewish community centers in at least nine states and the United Kingdom and federal agents have been standby in case of any problems, authorities said.