The FCC is demanding companies take action to stop nuisance ‘robocalls’

November 6, 2018

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.

In May, Pai called on companies to adopt an industry-developed “call authentication system” or standard for the cryptographic signing of telephone calls aimed at ending the use of illegitimate spoofed numbers from the telephone system. Monday’s letters seek answers by Nov. 19 on the status of those efforts…

February 20, 2018

Tax scammers are a creative bunch.

The IRS keeps track of the most common tax-related crimes, and the list is long and varied.

The latest tax scam Americans need to watch out for, according to the IRS, is a twist on an old favorite: filing a fake tax return with stolen personal information, like your Social Security number.

But this time, scammers aren’t keeping the fraudulent tax refund for themselves. At least not at first.

After filing the fake tax return, identity thieves are using taxpayers’ actual bank account information to have the refund deposited — then, they call to collect…

February 8, 2018

IRVINE, Calif — U.S. telephones were besieged by 2.88 billion robocalls in January, a 27% increase in national robocalling volumes over January 2017, and a 3.4% increase over the prior month’s results in December 2017.

These latest figures come from YouMail, a free solution for both mobile phones and landlines that helps consumers stop robocalls from ever reaching their phones. U.S. phones endured 92.7 million robocalls each day in January on average, or roughly 1,073 robocalls for every second of the month – that’s the second highest pace of monthly robocalling since the YouMail Robocall Index was launched in 2015…

January 11, 2018

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — American consumers and businesses were blitzed by some 30.5 billion robocalls in 2017, breaking the prior national annual record of 29.3 billion robocalls set in 2016. U.S. phones received an estimated 2.78 billion robocalls in December alone, equaling a 1.3% increase month-on-month over November and a stunning 19.2% year-on-year increase over December 2016.

That heightened pace in December 2017 equals some 89.6 million robocalls placed daily in the U.S. during the month. On average, this yearly pace equals 967 calls placed every second, adding up to well over 100 robocalls for every adult in the U.S. during 2017…