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Company Ordered to Pay Woman $459K After Spamming Her With More Than 300 Robocalls

A Tennessee woman has been awarded nearly half a million dollars after a furniture company illegally hounded her with hundreds of robocalls, sometimes up to a dozen times per day, even after she asked them to no longer contact her, per court records.Read more...
Tags: Science, Tennessee, Robocalls, Calling, Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Spammers, Automatic Telephone Dialing System


FCC Reportedly Collected Only 0.003% of Robocall Fines Since 2015

As late as last month, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was on the Fox News Channel boasting about having imposed on robocalls some of the “biggest fines in the FCC’s history.” Documents obtained this week by reporters at the Wall Street Journal, however, put the agency’s milquetoast enforcement in a more authentic light.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Fox News Channel, Wall Street Journal, Robocalls, Ajit Pai, Fake News


Robocall scams: FTC forces the closure of four major operators

Chasing down illegal robocall operators must feel like a game of whack-a-mole for the FTC, but the fight goes on. This week it announced it’d forced the closure of four separate operations responsible for billions of scam calls. The post Robocall scams: FTC forces the closure of four major operators appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Mobile, News, Trends, Scams, Scam, Robocalls, Ftc


FTC forces the closure of four major robocall scam operators

Chasing down illegal robocall operators must feel like a game of whack-a-mole for the FTC, but the fight goes on. This week it announced it had forced the closure of four separate operations responsible for billions of scam calls. The post FTC forces the closure of four major robocall scam operators appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Mobile, News, Trends, Scams, Scam, Robocalls, Ftc


FTC Says It Shut Down Spammers Behind 'Billions' of Robocalls

The Federal Trade Commission says it has stopped four robocalling outfits responsible for spamming U.S. consumers with billions of illegal and predatory calls, getting them to agree to stop using automatic dialers and collectively pay millions of dollars.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Scams, Robocalls, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc


FTC smacks down robocallers, but the penalties don’t match their heinous crimes

The fight against robocallers is just getting started, and the wheel of justice turns slowly, but the FTC just took down a handful of major operations responsible for billions of unwanted calls, some of them adding additional fraud to the mix. The money coming out of the cases is surprisingly small, however — but there’s a reason for that. In an announcement yesterday, the FTC said it had taken down four operations: NetDotSolutions, which did all kinds of marketing with a custom mass dialing pla...
Tags: Google, Mobile, Florida, Fcc, Government, Tech, Robocalls, Ftc, Mercedes CLS, Pointbreak Media, Veterans of America, Travis Deloy Peterson


FTC fines four robocallers behind “billions” of US calls

The Federal Trade Commission announced Tuesday it has shut down and slapped multimillion dollar fines on four scammy robocalling companies collectively responsible for “billions” of calls to phone numbers across the U.S. One of the firms is said to have scammed businesses by pretending to be Google. All four have shut down as part of settlements of lawsuits with the FTC, and owners of the companies are barred from starting up another other robocalling business (and in some cases, *any* tel...
Tags: Google, Post, News, US, Scams, Robocalls, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Andrew Smith, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Robocallers, Adi Robertson, Robocalling, Pointbreak Media, Veterans of America, Pointbreak


Arkansas Is Sick of This Robocall Shit

Evidently recognizing that we are collectively living through a robocall hell at present, Arkansas lawmakers have advanced a bill that would allow those responsible for robocall spoofing to be charged with a felony.Read more...
Tags: Science, Arkansas, Robocalls, Spoofing, Robocall Hell


Either the CEO of AT&T Staged a Robocall During a Live Interview or No One Is Immune to This Plague

The robocalling problem just keeps getting worse and worse—last year, the Federal Communications Commission ordered telecommunications executives to start doing something about the problem, which one report in January 2019 estimated had exploded to the tune of 26.3 billion robocalls placed to U.S. numbers annually.…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, Federal Communications Commission, Telecoms, Wireless, Phones, Att, Apple Watch, Robocalls, AT amp, Randall Stephenson


Phone Companies Are Finally Doing Something About Our Robocall Hell

We live in a robocall hell with an epidemic of 26.3 billion fraudulent calls made to U.S. numbers in 2018. Tired of con artist robots, no one picks up the phone for strangers anymore. My voicemail is filled with Chinese-language scammers using my area code and telling me that I’m about to be deported. I already got…Read more...
Tags: Verizon, Science, Comcast, Sprint, Att, Robocalls, T Mobile, Ajit Pai, Shakenstir


Trump's FCC relies on telcos to self-police anti-robocall measures and they're planning on gutting existing regs, so John Oliver is robocalling the whole FCC every 90 minutes

Every 90 minutes, the office phones of all five FCC Commissioners rings and John Oliver's voice comes out of it, demanding that they take action on robocalls, reversing FCC Chairman (and former Verizon exec) Ajit Pai's policy of relying on carriers to self-police their anti-robocall measures, and heading off his plan to gut the existing, weak protections. When it came to robocalling the FCC, Oliver didn't need viewers' help. "This time, unlike our past encounters [with the FCC], I don'...
Tags: Videos, Verizon, Post, Video, News, Fcc, John Oliver, US, Spam, Petard, Robocalls, Oliver, Trump, Ajit Pai, Jon Brodkin Ars Technica, Ajit Fucking Pai


Robocall Hell, Divination Bot Returns, and a Fake MD: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

The winds of time blow strangely here, in our unfortunate state of internet-enabled perpetual present, but how the heck is it already March? This is not a rhetorical question. If you could explain this to me, that would be great.Read more...
Tags: Google, Comics, Science, Technology, Microsoft, Dogs, Environment, Tech, IPOs, Mental Health, Genetics, US military, Volcanoes, Invasive Species, Pharmaceuticals, Biodiversity


There's No End in Sight to Our Robocall Hell

If Thanos came to Earth and only wanted to turn robocallers into dust, the Avengers would let him. And given how bad spam calls have gotten, surely most if not every adult with a cellphone in the U.S., and certainly everyone in the half of U.S. households that still have landlines, would throw Thanos a parade.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Earth, Thanos, Avengers, Robocalls, Hiya, Pennywise For President


Efforts Underway to Stop Robocalls

With estimated robocalls at 167.3 million per day in the US, many Americans simply ignore unknown numbers or “Scam Likely” calls. This doesn’t assuage the anxiety of missing something important or the sense of violation. Two programs—STIR (Secure Telephone Identity Revisited) and SHAKEN (Signature-based Handling of Asserted information using toKENs)—aim to verify callers. Right now, they’re only deploying on T-Mobile but the FCC strongly believes more carriers …
Tags: Design, Fcc, US, Tech, Spam, Mobile Phones, Phones, Robocalls, Linkaboutit


Robocalls Really Were Worse Than Ever Last Year, Report Finds

If you don’t pick up the phone anymore because each time it seems to be one of those annoying robocallers, you’re not alone. A newly released report found that 26.3 billion robocalls were made to U.S. phone numbers in 2018, up 46 percent from 18 billion in 2017. Yikes.Read more...
Tags: Science, Telemarketing, Spam, Robocalls, Ftc, Screen Your Calls Fools


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 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


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