Why robocalls have gotten worse since the government shutdown

January 14, 2019

Don’t pick up that phone.

Americans have been plagued with an increasing number of robocalls — and the government can’t do anything about it.

Both the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are closed due to the government shutdown, which means Americans can’t file complaints on FCC or FTC websites and regulators are unable to investigate. In the last few months, the FCC has slapped some of the worst serial offenders with multimillion-dollar fines…

August 14, 2018

Robocalls — those annoying, automated spam and scam messages — are on the rise.

So far in 2018, more than 16.3 billion spam phone calls have pestered people across the country, according to YouMail, a robocall watch­dog that offers free call-blocking software.

In May alone, the average American fielded more than 12 spam calls, the company adds.

Those numbers mark a sharp uptick and people are clearly fed up: Robocalls have been the No. 1 consumer complaint at the Federal Trade Commission for several years, including 4 million gripes in 2017, the FTC’s Ian Barlow tells The Post…