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posted by Fnord666 on Saturday June 05 2021, @02:52AM   Printer-friendly

FCC fight against robocalls goes international:

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced on Thursday that it has signed an agreement with its Australian counterpart to work together to fight robocalls.

The signing of the "Memorandum of Understanding" with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is the latest in a number of moves the FCC has made to combat robocalls in recent months.

The agreement seeks for the two agencies to "work together to develop and coordinate a global approach to addressing unlawful robocalls or robotexts, and the unlawful use of inaccurate caller ID information or 'spoofing,' the FCC said.

"Robocall scams are a global problem that require global commitment and cooperation," Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said in a statement. "With these irritating calls coming from near and far, we need international cooperation, information sharing, and enforcement to address this matter. I want to thank our Australian friends for working with us on this agreement. By joining together we can help get these scammers off of our networks and protect consumers and businesses around the world."

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  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 05 2021, @10:23PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 05 2021, @10:23PM (#1142168)

    How you ask?

    I switched it to a VOIP provider, and one of the services the VOIP provider offers is the ability to setup a voice response system. They also offer custom call routing based upon whether or not a calling number is in a "phone book" list they also support.

    So I setup a white list. Calling numbers that are in the phone book ring through as always. Any calling number not in the white list goes to a voice responder that asks the human to press a number to connect through.

    Human callers understand the instructions, press the number, and get to ring through.

    Robocallers, by being robots, don't listen/understand the instructions, don't press the number, and so, never ring through.

    So while the calls continue to be placed by the scam artists, they all get stopped at the VOIP providers voice response system, so my phone does not ring when the robots try to call it.

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