Here’s Why You May Start Receiving Fewer Robocalls
Your phone company may start blocking robocalls without your needing to ask for it.
On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission passed a ruling that allows and encourages phone companies to block robocalls by default.
“We think these actions will help consumers in the near term and the long term to get the peace and the quiet that they deserve,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.
At the moment many phone companies offer services that block robocalls, but consumers have to specifically ask and often pay for it. The ruling requires companies to inform consumers of the change and give them an option to opt out of having their calls blocked…
The spam calls keep coming, offering you loans or threatening you with jail time for IRS violations. By some estimates, they make up at least a quarter of all calls in the United States.
And as the problem continues to grow, it creates a whole new set of related nuisances for people like Dakota Hill.
He estimates he gets hundreds of unwanted spam calls every month. But Hill says he also gets calls from people who think he’s spamming them.
Robocalls at any time of the day or night are becoming increasingly common. Some in the federal government are working on solutions, but they have to overcome technology and interest-group objections….
May 10, 2018
If you live in a part of the country that has a large Chinese immigrant population, you may have recently received a robocall in Mandarin — or even several of them. The calls seem to be blanketing certain phone exchanges without regard to the national origin of the recipients. Presumably, this is how the New York Police Department ended up on the call list.
NYPD Officer Donald McCaffrey, who works in the Queens grand larceny division, is investigating the calls in New York City. He has also been receiving them on a daily basis…
March 13, 2018
Last Tuesday, the Internal Revenue Service said people were being being bilked out of money by criminals pretending to be from the tax collection agency. Two days later, I received a phone call that my provider said was probably spam. They left a message saying they were from the IRS and I was in big trouble.
“(After 24 hours), you will be taken into custody by the local cops as there are four serious allegations pressed against your name at this moment,” said the automated voice in broken English…
January 11, 2018
A fatal police shooting in Kansas late last month focused attention again on how so-called swatting — prank 911 calls designed to get SWAT teams to deploy — puts lives at risk and burdens police departments.
There are more than 7,000 911 centers in the U.S. and, according to the National Emergency Number Association, they receive about 600,000 calls a day. Authorities don’t track swatting calls nationally, though the FBI has been monitoring the practice of those types of fake calls for about a decade…
September 4, 2017
Fraud is the latest threat facing victims of Hurricane Harvey, as well as the volunteers who are helping the relief effort. NPR’s Ari Shapiro talks with Corey Amundson, a U.S. Attorney who heads the National Center for Disaster Fraud…