WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the 25 state and local government on Tuesday unveiled a crackdown on robocalls, as a congressional panel approved a bill that would take new steps to make the wrong call.
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The COMMISSION said that the announcement that 94 of the actions in “Operation, Call it quits,” is aimed at individuals, groups, and companies, which are responsible for more than a billion calls to set up a wide variety of products and services, including credit card interest rate reductions, money-making opportunities, and medical alert systems.
State and local government agencies are also taking part in the reactions, including the 15 state attorneys general and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the FTC said in a press release.
A U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Tuesday approved by voice vote a bill to combat robocalls by requiring phone companies to provide consumers with technology that enables them to identify and block unwanted calls. Democratic and Republican leaders last week announced agreement on the bill. The Senate last month approved a similar measure by a 97-1 margin.
Home “Stop the Bad Robocalls Act and the aims and objectives of the unwanted, automated calls, requiring the phone service providers to deploy technology, such as call authorization, and call blocking, at no cost to the consumer.
The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) moved this month to start phone companies to block robocalls when users choose to do so.
The bill would also provide more authority to the FCC to enforce robocall rules on the extension of the statute of limitations on the action against the robocallers, among other actions.
The complaint and settlement announced by the FTC as part of its new initiative, the alleged scammers used deceptive practices and has been sandblasted to provide consumers with robocalls, even if those consumers on the national do Not Call registry.
The approach is a strong step forward to protect consumers from robocalls, said Patrick Halley, the senior vice president of policy and advocacy at USTelecom, a broadband industry association.
The FTC said the robocallers use of various deceptive techniques such as “spoofing”, in which a bogus caller-ID. In the “neighbor notes,” and the robocaller will match the first six digits of the caller ID of the receiver, in an attempt to hide the robocall as a local call.
The COMMISSION also provided the company with a fee for 2015 that are misleading older consumers to pay a monthly fee for “free” medical alert systems”.
Report by Bryan Pietsch in Washington; Editing by David Gregorio and Matthew Lewis