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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.

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. 

FTC Accuses Group of Running Empire That Made Billions of Unwanted Robocalls

The Federal Trade Commission has strict rules that, in its own words, make “virtually all” telemarketing robocalls illegal. But we’ve still seen the number of complaints about robocalls explode over the last few years. On Tuesday, the FTC announced it’s doing something about it by suing some kingpins who allegedly facilitated billions of unwanted calls.

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.

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.

Thirty Per Cent of Phone Calls in the U.S. Are 'Robocalls' That Cause $350 Million Worth of Telemarketing Fraud and More Than 3.4 Million Consumer Complaints Each Year

About 30 per cent of phone calls placed in the United States are fraudulent 'robocalls,' amounting to about 30billion total each year that cost U.S. consumers $350million in telemarketing fraud costs, according to figures from multiple sources.