Jeffrey Lewis Knapp saves the four to six telephone numbers his caller ID logs each day. At night he seeks his revenge, calling back the people he thinks are illegal robocallers. “How can I help you?” the Arizona-based retiree says he asks the people who answer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It is estimated that by early next year, nearly 50 percent of all the calls you get on your cellphone will be robocalls. Last month alone, more than five billion robocalls were made.
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.
The head of the Federal Communications Commission got on his high horse this week and told phone companies they better do something about robocalls. Or else.
(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.
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.
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.
It was only last week that a study projected that almost half of your incoming phone calls next year will be from scammers and spammers. Almost twice as much as this year, and up astronomically from 3.7 percent last year.
The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday imposed an $82 million fine against a telemarketer who made more than 21 million unsolicited calls to consumers to try to sell health insurance and generate leads.
Struggling retailer Sears has a lot on the line in a multimillion-dollar class-action settlement over unwanted robocalls offering free Caribbean cruises.
The Federal Communications Commission should create a database of reassigned phone numbers to help reduce unsolicited robocalls and robotexts, two senators urged agency Chairman Ajit Pai.
4.1 billion. That’s the number of robocalls made to American consumers last month, according to the robocall index operated by YouMail, a robocall blocking service.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has accepted recommendations for an industry-developed call authentication system intended to stop the use of Caller ID spoofing from the North American Numbering Council (NANC.)
Phone call authentication to combat “spoofed” robocalls assuming a fake number is one step closer after Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Monday accepted recommendations from a federal advisory committee for selecting a “governance authority” to implement the authentication framework.