Yes, It’s Bad. Robocalls, and Their Scams, Are Surging.

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  1. ronjor

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    Some forms of Robo must be just for nuisance only and if you dismiss them when they try to get you to answer they eventually go away.

    That's whats happened for me. Here in Indiana I been on the No Call list for years however last summer a flood of those annoying call ins were set on some daily timer and I got them for weeks on end. Instead of getting upset I just ignored or answered and hug up so many times I think they realized it was only a waste of their time and moved on elsewhere. No Call list doesn't guarantee stops for those because a few squeak in apparently.

    This year I been robo call free :cool:
     
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    "Robocalls are overwhelming hospitals and patients, threatening a new kind of health crisis...

    In the heart of Boston, Tufts Medical Center treats scores of health conditions,...

    But doctors, administrators and other hospital staff struggled to contain a much different kind of epidemic one April morning last year: a wave of thousands of robocalls that spread, like a virus, from one phone line to the next, disrupting communications for hours to come.

    ...At Tufts Medical Center, administrators registered more than 4,500 calls between about 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. on April 30, 2018, said Taylor Lehmann, the center’s chief information security officer. Many of the messages seemed to be the same: Speaking in Mandarin, an unknown voice threatened deportation unless the person who picked up the phone provided their personal information....

    'They can't not pick them up,' said Steven Cardinal, a top security official at the Medical University of South Carolina. 'They don't have any indicator it's a spoof until they answer it.'..."

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/tech...ew-kind-health-crisis/?utm_term=.ba591c7013d2
     
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    Committee Leaders Announce Bipartisan Deal on Robocalls Bill
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    https://energycommerce.house.gov/ne...rs-announce-bipartisan-deal-on-robocalls-bill
     
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    "FTC announces major crackdown on robocalls

    The Federal Trade Commission and law enforcement plan to file charges against several companies and individuals as part of a major government clampdown on illegal robocalls...

    The FTC is announcing a major crackdown on illegal robocalls, including 94 actions targeting operations around the country that they say are responsible for more than 1 billion calls..."

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/roboca...nces-major-crackdown-operation-call-it-quits/
     
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    Complaints about Government Imposter Scams Reach Record High, According to New FTC Data
     
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    My Smart Call land line phone logged only 15 blocks in June, down from the usual 60-70.

    Either some of the recent crackdowns and busts have made a dent or my phone company is getting on with something.

    Hopefully a trend, not an anomaly.
     
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    Robocalls are not only annoying — there’s an entire dirty industry behind them, FTC reveals
     
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    How T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint fight robocalls on their network
     
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    Robocall ban should target texts and foreign calls, FCC chief says
    Proposed new rules would extend robocall blocking to international calls and text messages
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    https://www.cnet.com/news/fccs-ajit-pai-targets-robocall-ban-for-texts-and-foreign-calls/
    FCC proposal: Chairman Pai Proposes New Spoofing Rules for Foreign Robocalls & Texts
     
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    These agencies are toothless and the robocallers will find away around any attempts to block.
     
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    AT&T will automatically block fraud calls for new customers
     
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    FCC commissioner blasts carriers for failure to fight robocalls
     
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