May 26, 2022

FCC Takes Steps to Stop Bombarding Robocalls After AG Moody and Others Urge Action

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By Lydia Nusbaum

May 26, 2022 Updated 10:57 A.M. ET

TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – The Federal Communications Commission will take steps to stop foreign robocalls from scamming Americans after Attorney General Ashley Moody and other Attorneys General called on the agency to take action in January.

Americans’ phones are bombarded with calls from foreign-based illegal robocalls that are used to scam citizens. 

“The best way to stop scams associated with robocalls is to block the avenues some telemarketers use to send fraudulent automated messages. By working with the FCC, we are gaining ground in our fight to protect Floridians by ensuring carriers utilize the latest technology to try and keep foreign actors from bombarding phones with illegal robocall messages,” Moody said.

The FCC will require companies that transmit phone calls from foreign countries to U.S. public telephone networks, called gateway providers, to comply with a protocol meant to combat caller ID spoofing. Smaller carriers that were exempted from this will need to implement the protocol by June 30th. 

The FCC also demands anding gateway providers take additional steps to reduce robocalls:

-Responding to requests from law enforcement, state Attorneys General or the FCC to trace back calls within 24 hours;

-Blocking calls when providers are made aware of an illegal or likely fraudulent caller by the FCC;

-Stopping calls that originate from numbers on a ‘do not originate’ list—such as certain government phone numbers that are for incoming calls only; and

-Requiring that foreign telephone companies that U.S. providers partner with register with the FCC’s Robocall Mitigation Database before they are allowed to transmit calls that use U.S. phone numbers.

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