ROBOCALLS UPDATE: Major developments since April, when we sent federal regulators 2,900 petition signatures urging them to fight “spoofed” robocalls. (Robocalls that alter Caller ID to get you to pick up.)
- This summer, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed its highest fine ever ($120 million) against a robocall scheme. Get this: A Miami man allegedly made a million “spoofed” robocalls a day to peddle vacation packages and timeshares.
- Just days ago, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer called on the FCC to fight a new annoyance: “ringless voicemails”—robocalls that go straight to your voicemail box. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said only: “We’ll take a look.”
The FCC estimates that last year Americans received about 2.4 billion robocalls a month! Take our survey and tell us if you think the robocalls problem is getting better or worse?