AG calls on feds to crack down on robocalls

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AG calls on feds to crack down on robocalls

Sat, 07/08/2017 - 5:21am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In a letter sent to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Monday, Attorney General Donovan, and a bi-partisan group of 30 Attorneys General are urging the federal government to adopt rules that would allow telephone providers to block illegal robocalls. The FCC has requested public comment on rules that would allow providers to block several types of “spoofed” calls, in which a call appears to be coming from one number, but is coming from a different number. Scammers frequently use spoofed calls to hide their identity and to trick consumers into believing that their calls are legitimate.

“We continue to take aggressive action to save Vermonters money from falling into the hands of scammers,” said Attorney General Donovan. “In recent months, we’ve launched public-private partnerships to raise the alarm, we’ve launched a new ‘Scam Alert’ system to warn Vermonters. We even passed a Vermont law, a kind of “truth in Caller ID act,” with support from lawmakers and the Governor in Vermont,” he said.

Currently, regulatory roadblocks prevent telecommunications companies from blocking many illegal robocalls. If the new rules are adopted, providers would be allowed to block calls coming from invalid numbers, unallocated numbers, and numbers whose owners have requested be blocked. For example, phone providers would be able to block a scammer that is using a telephone number that clearly can’t exist because it hasn’t been assigned.

The letter sounds the alarm about the growing number of telephone scam complaints across the country and supports the FCC’s proposal to remove regulatory roadblocks. As the letter points out, “legitimate businesses do not need to use any of these methods to contact consumers.”

Attorney General Donovan was joined on the letter by the Attorneys General of:

Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin.

Source: Vermont AG 7.7.2017