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posted by janrinok on Saturday August 06, @12:34AM   Printer-friendly
from the fifty-ways-to-beat-your-scammer dept.

US Attorneys General will take legal action against telecom providers enabling robocalls:

The Attorneys General of all 50 states have joined forces in hopes of giving teeth to the seemingly never-ending fight against robocalls. North Carolina AG Josh Stein, Indiana AG Todd Rokita and Ohio AG Dave Yost are leading the formation of the new Anti-Robocall Litigation Task Force. In Stein's announcement, he said the group will focus on taking legal action against telecoms, particularly gateway providers, allowing or turning a blind eye to foreign robocalls made to US numbers.

He explained that gateway providers routing foreign phone calls into the US telephone network have the responsibility under the law to ensure the traffic they're bringing in is legal. Stein said that they mostly aren't taking any action to keep robocalls out of the US phone network, though, and they're even intentionally allowing robocall traffic through in return for steady revenue in many cases.

Recently: FCC Orders Phone Carriers to Block Scammers Behind 8 Billion Robocalls.

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  • (Score: 2) by RS3 on Saturday August 06, @02:32AM (4 children)

    by RS3 (6367) on Saturday August 06, @02:32AM (#1265208)

    I must be more fortunate than I feel, but I get very little junk/spam email, and almost no junk/spam robocalls. But I did get one of those fearmongering robocalls about car warranty expiring 2 weeks ago. They might be right- my car just turned 20 and the warranty might be about to expire. I'll have to check. I hope my transmission doesn't die before I buy one of those warranties. (/sarcasm)

    As much as I hate them, and really hate aggressive / guerrilla marketing, about 10 years ago a friend's mom bought one of those extended car warranties for like $2500, and it ended up being a good thing- the car, a Chevy V6, needed head gaskets and some other things- total bill more than the $2500.

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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by tangomargarine on Saturday August 06, @04:45PM (1 child)

    by tangomargarine (667) on Saturday August 06, @04:45PM (#1265291)

    But I did get one of those fearmongering robocalls about car warranty expiring 2 weeks ago. They might be right- my car just turned 20 and the warranty might be about to expire. I'll have to check. I hope my transmission doesn't die before I buy one of those warranties. (/sarcasm)

    Pfft, you think that's bad? I'm still periodically getting warranty offers in the mail for a car I totaled like 5 years ago now.

    Yeah, I'll get right on ensuring that cube sitting in a landfill somewhere.

    "Is that really true?" "I just spent the last hour telling you to think for yourself! Didn't you hear anything I said?"
    • (Score: 2) by RS3 on Saturday August 06, @04:56PM

      by RS3 (6367) on Saturday August 06, @04:56PM (#1265296)

      I'm not sure where or by whom the calling / mailing / emailing lists are generated, but they're definitely WORM (Write Once, Read Many). IE, there's no correction mechanism that I've ever seen. When I'm in the mood, which is rare, I like to waste their time. Feign interest, keep them talking, and at some point I or they give up. The purpose is: they have to sell yay many per hour, and I just reduced their productivity. If it gets low enough, maybe they'll abandon being scum of the earth and find something constructive to do.

  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Anartech Systems on Sunday August 07, @03:53AM (1 child)

    by Anartech Systems (11857) on Sunday August 07, @03:53AM (#1265377)

    You must be as paranoid as me. The amount of times I have been queued up in a line and overheard the folks at the counter ask for phone numbers and email addresses to complete the sale, and the amount of people who just automatically hand them over, is baffling. I have had counter folk take umbrage with this simple refusal to hand over these details, one of them smarmily told me that I would miss out on special offers, at which point I told them they could miss out on a $1200 welder sale and walked out the door.

    No, you don't need my phone number to complete the sale, no, you don't need to text or email me a receipt when I can see your thermal printer right there, and unless you can tell me who that dataset will be sold to when your company folds or is eaten by a larger organisation with completely different usage policies, you can cram that shit right back where it belongs, squarely up your arse.

    The outcome of this? Zero spam to a number I have had for 15+ years.

    • (Score: 2) by RS3 on Sunday August 07, @04:46AM

      by RS3 (6367) on Sunday August 07, @04:46AM (#1265385)

      I wouldn't call it paranoid. I'm a privacy advocate for sure. It's more that I read these "privacy" policies / agreements, and they always say "we value your privacy". What they mean is "your private information has value, and we're going to capitalize on it."

      But more seriously (less sarcastically) they often / usually say how they will share your information with "their trusted partners". Okay, wait a minute, who are they? And what is their privacy policy? What will they do with my private information? Yeah, right, we don't get to know that.

      It's very disappointing that our so-called government lets this stuff happen. Remember the "shrink-wrap licenses"? You have no idea what they say until you opened the package, at which point it said "by opening this package you have agreed to X, Y, Z".

      I'm encouraged that EU are leading the way in stronger privacy laws, and a few in the US are pushing for some, but it's discouraging how slow the progress is. Why does govt. take so long- years and years- to figure out what's going on?

      I posted in another discussion how I'm having problems with PayPal being blocked. I have not changed anything- same name, same email, same address, same Visa card. I'm getting a different response from every "customer service" person I interact with. One said something about them not having my phone number. There's a bogus number in there- I did not put one in! They say you can delete the number, but guess what, there's no possible delete. You can change it, but not delete. So now they're demanding my actual bank account info. Who is stupid enough to spread that info around? They say "it's for my "security"". WTF! How am I more secure with my bank account info copied who knows where? I've told them exactly that, and that I will never give them my bank account info, and I will just use other forms of payment, and certainly buy online much less. Good old stores still exist and work well.

      And from another rant I posted somewhere on SN, how is it a "contract" when they put "we reserve the right to change the terms of this contract..."?

      It's a never-ending fight. We're all battle-weary. Please, Congress and other leaders, please end all of this spying, voyeurism, liquid "contracts", and selling our private information.