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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: 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.

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  • (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.