Jan 30 2019
10:49 am

According to this article, "Americans received 26.3 billion robocalls last year, up 46 percent from 2017." Analysts predict that spam calls will make up one half of all cellphone calls this year.

Maybe it would help if we made phone number and caller ID spoofing illegal. Oh, wait. It sort of is already, but only if the caller's intent is to "defraud, cause harm or wrongly obtain anything of value." Telemarketers have more specific rules, but they don't all seem to follow them.

Regulations should be stricter and there should be better enforcement.

bizgrrl's picture

It is obvious that spam

It is obvious that spam robocalling must be a money making business.

The FCC site shows 3 incidents where fines of over $239 million were assessed in 2018.

Something needs to be done.

bizgrrl's picture

FCC Tips to avoid spoofing

FCC Tips to avoid spoofing scams

  • Don't answer calls from unknown numbers. If you answer such a call, hang up immediately.
  • If you answer the phone and the caller - or a recording - asks you to hit a button to stop getting the calls, you should just hang up. Scammers often use this trick to identify potential targets.
  • Do not respond to any questions, especially those that can be answered with "Yes" or "No."
  • Never give out personal information such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, mother's maiden names, passwords or other identifying information in response to unexpected calls or if you are at all suspicious.
  • If you get an inquiry from someone who says they represent a company or a government agency, hang up and call the phone number on your account statement, in the phone book, or on the company's or government agency's website to verify the authenticity of the request. You will usually get a written statement in the mail before you get a phone call from a legitimate source, particularly if the caller is asking for a payment.
  • Use caution if you are being pressured for information immediately.
  • If you have a voice mail account with your phone service, be sure to set a password for it. Some voicemail services are preset to allow access if you call in from your own phone number. A hacker could spoof your home phone number and gain access to your voice mail if you do not set a password.
  • Talk to your phone company about call blocking tools they may have and check into apps that you can download to your mobile device to block unwanted calls. Information on available robocall blocking tools is available at

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