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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 EvilSS on Saturday August 06, @05:37PM (1 child)

    by EvilSS (1456) Subscriber Badge on Saturday August 06, @05:37PM (#1265310)

    It removes one of the telecoms chief reasons for allowing robocalls. Telecoms charge the spammers bugger-all because they make a shitload of money off the callees.

    Do they? The vast majority of plans in the US are unlimited minutes and texts. How are they making money off of them when some spammer calls?

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 06, @06:40PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 06, @06:40PM (#1265327) []

    43% have unlimited and 10% don't know.