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Update: Two bills that could help stop those annoying robocalls

There’s hope in the fight to stop annoying robocalls plaguing millions of consumers like you. Two bills have been advancing in Congress and are headed for the House floor. The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (or TRACED) Act and Stopping Bad Robocalls Act are both advancing to the…...

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Summer Do’s and Don’ts from CUB

In 2019, the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) is celebrating 35 years of serving as Illinois’ premier nonprofit watchdog for utility customers. We’ve helped save Illinoisans more than $20 billion over the years.  In honor of our anniversary, here are some of CUB’s summer Dos and Don’ts. DON’T…fall for electric rip-offs. ComEd’s…...

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Tell your rep: Hang up on robocallers

Good news! A bill to fight robocalls has just passed the U.S. Senate 97-1. The TRACED Act would require phone companies to adopt technology to stop “spoofed” robocalls (when scammers use your area code or prefix to try to trick you into thinking somebody local is calling). It also would…...

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(Good) breaking news: U.S. Senate overwhelmingly votes in favor of anti-robocalls bill

The Senate has voted 97-1 to approve the TRACED Act, a bill to combat annoying robocalls plaguing millions of consumers. Among other things, the TRACED Act would: raise fines the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) can impose on robocallers to up to $10,000 per call push phone companies to adopt technology…...

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Top six cities hit by robocalls

Last month, CUB published its first-ever “Guide to Fighting Robocalls“, and over 1,500 people signed our petitions urging the Big Telecom companies to take action against the influx of these annoying calls. Some robocalls are necessary, like school closings, pharmacy reminders, etc. But many are flat-out scams. According to YouMail, Illinois…...

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Tell Congress: Fight Robocalls

Over the last month, thousands of people have ordered CUB’s Guide to Fighting Robocalls and signed petitions to big telecom companies demanding action against robocalls. Now it’s time to turn to Washington, where several bills against robocalls have been introduced in the U.S. House and Senate. The following bills have been introduced…...

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Do robocallers know where I am?

Last week my cell phone rang, and the caller ID said it was my young son’s afterschool program. I don’t get calls from afterschool, so immediately I thought that my son was sick or hurt. But when I picked up, it was just a robocall, specifically the Chinese consulate scam,…...

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CUB’s Guide to Reducing Robocalls

Earlier this month, we received such a passionate response to our call to action on robocalls (1,500+ signed our petition!), that we’ve created CUB’s Guide to Fighting Robocalls. “Robocalls have become more than a nuisance,” Mary Anne wrote on CUB’s Facebook page. “I have been getting the same ones for years…...

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Tell AT&T, Comcast to do something about robocalls

Did you know in 2018, people in the United States got hit with a record 47.8 billion robocalls? That’s about 147 calls per person. That’s ridiculous. And Illinois is one of the hardest hit states in the country–in December alone we received 168 million automated calls. Some robocalls are good–like…...

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Take robocall fight to congress

A thousand Illinoisans signed last week’s petition urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to fight robocall scams. Thank you! While we have momentum, we need to hit this issue on multiple fronts. Let’s remind Congress that we’re tired of being bombarded with billions of robocalls, including scams that rob us…...

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