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Here's How the Government Shutdown is Affecting Spam Robocalls

The two main agencies that are supposed to be helping monitor robocalls—the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)—halted operation 25 days ago because of the government shutdown. So how is that affecting the robocall plague? Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Plague, Robocalls, Ftc, Federal Trade Commission FTC, Federal Communications Commission FCC, Spam Calls


T-Mobile Is First Out the Gate With This Spam-Fighting Caller Verification Tech

As recent industry reports show that nearly half of U.S. calls this year could be scams, there’s finally a glimmer of hope. A major carrier has begun to deploy one of the most effective tools at fighting the plague of illegal calls—but so far, it works on just a single phone model.Read more...
Tags: Science, Robocalls, T Mobile, Spam Calls


Robocalls and phone scams are on the rise. Here’s how to avoid being a victim

If you've been getting a lot of scam phone calls lately, you're not alone. Robocalls are on the rise, and they aren't likely to stop anytime soon. Here's why these calls are so common, and what you can do to protect yourself. The post Robocalls and phone scams are on the rise. Here’s how to avoid being a victim appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Mobile, Trends, Scams, Robocalls, Phone Spoofing


Stop Sending Regular Text Messages

Thanks to a Federal Communications Commission vote last week, wireless carriers now have more control over your text messages. If that sounds ominous, that’s because it is—so much so that now’s the perfect time to ditch regular ol’ text messaging altogether.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Net Neutrality, Federal Communications Commission, Robocalls, Text Messaging, Ban Spam But Not Like This


A New Senate Bill Would Hit Robocallers With Up to a $10,000 Fine for Every Call

Democrats and Republicans can agree on at least one thing: The spam robocall situation has gotten entirely out of hand.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Congress, Senate, Robocalls


FCC tells carriers they must adopt a system to detect scam robocalls by next year

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is calling on the telecom industry to help put an end to scam robocalls. On Monday, FCC chairman Ajit Pai sent letters to the heads of voice providers, including AT&T, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Frontier, Google, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon* and others, urging them to adopt a call authentication system that would combat illegal caller ID spoofing and get that system up and running no later than next year. The FCC stressed the system was critical to protecting...
Tags: TC, Fcc, Tech, Phones, Robocalls, Pai, U S Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, Scammers, North American Numbering Council, Verizon Media Group Oath


FCC Tells Phone Companies to Figure Out a Way to Stop the Damn Robocalls by Next Year or Else

The United States Federal Communications Commission is calling upon the top telephone and wireless service providers to create a system to hinder the plague of illegal robocalls that is driving the majority of Americans bonkers.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Robocalls, United States Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai


Magic Leap, BDSM-Bots, and Star Trek: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

If you’re receiving this message, please be advised that Site Gamma-Iota-Zeta has been compromised. Repeat, Site Gamma-Iota-Zeta has been compromised. This is not a drill. Containment failures detected for the following Class V entities: Magic Leap. A toilet paper roll with a Fitbit on it. BDSM-Bot. The witches from …Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, TV, Science, Technology, Television, Fcc, Climate Change, Horror, Doctor Who, Climate, Minimum Wage, Nasa, Star Trek, Netflix, Robots


FCC Hangs Blockbuster $37.5 Million Fine Over Robocaller Accused of Spoofing Real Numbers

The FCC has announced its proposal to impose a fine of $37.5 million on a company accused of making robocalls and hiding the calls’ origin behind the real phone numbers of consumers. The agency is attempting to show that it’s cracking down on the out of control robocall industry, but critics say it’s too little, too…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Arizona, Robocalls, Ajit Pai, Affordable Enterprises


Corporations Are Lobbying to Keep Making Robocalls

The robocall problem is as bad as it has ever been, but if big corporations have their way, it just might get worse. The Washington Post reported this week that top businesses from the financial services and retail industry, among others, are lobbying the Trump administration to make it easier to send calls and texts…Read more...
Tags: Science, Washington Post, Telemarketing, Corporations, Lobbying, Robocalls, Trump


Mexican election: saturation robo-calls spreading disinformation about Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador the front-running candidate for president of Mexico on a largely progressive ticket (tuition breaks, increased aid to seniors, drug war amnesty, though it's a mixed bag, reflecting the weird coalition of left-wing and right-wing parties he's fronting); and he is the target of a bizarre, mass-scale disinformation campaign being carried out by blanket robo-calling. (more…)
Tags: Post, Elections, News, Mexico, Robocalls, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Cambridge Analytica, Dirty Tricks, AMLO, GuerraSucioElectoral


FTC Accuses Group of Running Empire That Made Billions of Unwanted Robocalls

The Federal Trade Commission has strict rules that, in its own words, make “virtually all” telemarketing robocalls illegal. But we’ve still seen the number of complaints about robocalls explode over the last few years. On Tuesday, the FTC announced it’s doing something about it by suing some kingpins who allegedly…Read more...
Tags: Science, Robocalls, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Telweb, Netdotsolutions, Teramesh Networks, Dial Soft Technologies, National Do Not Call Registry


Mother’s Day phone calls we like; robocalls we don’t

Many of us will pick up the phone on Sunday, May 13, to make sure we let Mom know how much she means to us. There’s a phone call nearly everyone can get behind. Another kind of phone call isn’t nearly so popular. Complaints about unwanted calls, many of them robocalls – prerecorded messages generally seeking something, usually money, from the recipient. On Friday, May 11, the Federal Communications Commission imposed a record high $120 million fine on a Miami man, Adrian Abramovich, for setting ...
Tags: California, Sport, Soccer, Federal Communications Commission, Miami, Mom, Robocalls, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Congressional Research Service, Abramovich, First Orion, Adrian Abramovich


Robocall case results in record $120 million fine for Florida man

Robocalls are a real annoyance, but there seems to be no end in sight for consumers. The FCC is trying to clamp down, this week fining a Florida man $120 million for allegedly organizing a huge robocalling operation. The post Robocall case results in record $120 million fine for Florida man appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Mobile, Florida, News, Fcc, Trends, Robocalls, Robocall


Robocall case leads to record $120 million fine for Florida man

Robocalls are a real annoyance, but there seems to be no end in sight for harassed consumers. The FCC is trying to clamp down, this week fining a Florida man $120 million for allegedly organizing a huge robocalling operation. The post Robocall case leads to record $120 million fine for Florida man appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Mobile, Florida, News, Fcc, Trends, Robocalls, Robocall


FCC Hits Robocaller With $120 Million Fine But the Calls Probably Won't Stop Anytime Soon

The Federal Communications Commission summoned all of its regulatory strength Thursday and dropped a record $120 million fine on a notorious robocall operator who placed nearly 100 million spoofed calls. It’s just a shame that the punishment probably won’t accomplish anything.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Federal Communications Commission, Robocalls, Consumer Tech


FCC slaps robocaller with record $120M fine, but it’s like ’emptying the ocean with a teaspoon’

Whoever thought we would leave telemarketing behind in this brave new smartphone world of ours lacked imagination. Robocalls are a menace growing in volume and even a massive $120 million fine leveled against a prominent source of them by the FCC likely won’t stem the flood. The fine was announced today during the FCC’s monthly open meeting: a Mr Adrian Abramovich was responsible for nearly 100 million robocalls over a three-month period, and will almost certainly be bankrupted by this record fo...
Tags: TC, Mobile, Fcc, Government, Tech, Canada, States, Robocalls, Ajit Pai, Rosenworcel, Jessica Rosenworcel, Adrian Abramovich


The Robocall Nightmare Is Getting Worse

No doubt you’ve gotten an automated phone call at one point in your life. But since 2015, reports of robocalls have increased at quite an alarming rate, with around 4.5 million robocall complaints filed in 2017, an increase of about 2.4 million robocalls since 2015. A few million calls may sound like a lot, but it’s…Read more...
Tags: Ios, Science, Telemarketing, Robocalls, Spam Block


FTC: Phone Scammers Are Impersonating Chinese Consulate Staff, Have Made Off With Millions

Mankind, in their arrogance, once thought they had conquered their immortal enemy: The scam robocall. Unfortunately, thanks in large part to laziness by cell phone carriers, they’ve been back with a vengeance in recent years. Internet-powered robocalling systems are making it cheaper and easier than ever to launch…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Scams, Robocalls, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc


FCC Accuses Florida Man of Making 97 Million Robocalls, Florida Man Denies Charges

The notorious Florida Man is at it again, this time allegedly placing nearly 100 million robocalls offering fake travel deals, according to the Federal Communications Commission. Read more...
Tags: Florida, Science, Fcc, Spam, Florida Man, Robocalls, Ftc, Federal Communications Commission Read


Telecoms to Showcase Hot New Anti-Robocall Tech at DC Expo This Month

The nation’s biggest telecoms will offer a public demonstration of the latest technology for blocking illegal robocalls at an expo in Washington, DC, later this month.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Washington Dc, Robocalls, Ftc, Do Not Call, Showcase Hot New Anti Robocall Tech


Google's Phone App Is Getting the Power to Send Spam Calls Straight to Voicemail

While Congress grills Silicon Valley’s most lifeless Jello Jiggler today, the folks over at 9to5Google noticed that Google’s dialer app for Pixel and other stock Android phones has been upgraded with the ability to send spam calls straight to voicemail. Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Science, Congress, Smartphones, Silicon Valley, Robocalls, Pixel, Consumer Tech, Phone App, Spam Calls, Less Spam Please


US Court Finds Anti-Robocall Rule Made Nearly Every Smartphone User a Criminal

A federal appeals court on Friday overturned a portion of an Obama-era rule aimed at curbing unwanted calls from nuisance telemarketing companies. Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Privacy, Obama, US, Robocalls, Ajit Pai


FTC Report Reveals Just How Awful Robocalls Got This Year

You’re not the only one who has noticed an uptick in annoying robocalls seemingly coming from your same area code.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Telemarketing, Spam, Robocalls, Ftc


Those 'Citizens for Trump' Robocalls Were a Prank Gone Wrong

People around the country who were baffled and alarmed to get recorded phone calls telling them to stop making “negative and derogatory posts” about President Trump were the targets of a recently launched prank call app—a gag that misfired when the company’s automated disclaimer message failed to work.Read more...
Tags: Science, Pranks, Robocalls, Trump, Citizens for Trump, Just Kidding, Jerky Toys, Jokes Gone Wrong, Those Citizens for Trump Robocalls


People Are Getting Robocalls About Their "Derogatory" Trump Posts [Updated]

Brett Vanderbrook was driving for Uber last week when he got a call from an unfamiliar number. He let it go to voicemail and when he listened to it later, he got a shock: It was a recorded message telling him to stop making “negative and derogatory posts about President Trump.”Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Robocalls, Dystopias, social media Monitoring, Citizens for Trump, The Panopticon, The Likes Of Others, Brett Vanderbrook


People Are Getting Robocalls about Their "Derogatory" Trump Posts

Brett Vanderbrook was driving for Uber last week when he got a call from an unfamiliar number. He let it go to voicemail and when he listened to it later, he got a shock: It was a recorded message telling him to stop making “negative and derogatory posts about President Trump.”Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Robocalls, Dystopias, social media Monitoring, Citizens for Trump, The Panopticon, The Likes Of Others, Brett Vanderbrook


Shapiro Pushes FCC to Roll Out Plan Eliminating Robocalls

Shapiro Pushes FCC to Roll Out Plan Eliminating Robocalls The post Shapiro Pushes FCC to Roll Out Plan Eliminating Robocalls appeared first on Legal Reader.
Tags: Business, Fcc, Attorney General, Scheme, List, Change, Pennsylvania, Federal Communications Commission, Out, Proposed, Elderly, Bob, Citizen, Scam, Letter, Ask


Stop spam calls with the best call and text blocker apps

Unwanted calls and texts on your smartphone can be a serious headache. Put a stop to them with one of the best call and text blocker apps. We have singled out our top picks for Android and iPhone. The post Stop spam calls with the best call and text blocker apps appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Trends, Robocalls, Android Army, Spam Calls, Call Blocking, Call Blocker Apps


Blocking Robocalls on iOS and Android

We were hit with 2.53 million robocalls in June alone, or roughly 976 robocalls for every second of the month. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has cited the statistics YouMail Robocall Index released as a definitive source for national data trends, just as more consumers are downloading call blocking Apps in record numbers. “Automated robo-dialing systems make the economics very cheap to quickly place thousands or even millions of robocalls, causing robocalls to flood almost every ar...
Tags: Iphone, Ios, Android, Security, Sem, Robocalls, Radio Show, Robocall, Federal Communications Commission FCC, Cybersecurity National Action Plan, WTAG, Call Blocking, YouMail, Alex Quilici