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How many robokals would you say on average in a day? One, three, 19? Honestly, it's not a number you can say that would surprise me.
That's because the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says there has been a significant increase in the number of illegal robocols lately because internet-powered telephone systems have made it cheap and easy for scammers to call from anywhere in the world.
The agency has tried to stop these illegal talks for many years. Now we can actually see some progress in the infinite struggle. Four major culprits who are responsible for billions of illegal robococks have been captured.
What is being done to stop robokallers?
Government agencies are not the only ones taking the fight against robokallers. Verizon finally decided to be serious about stopping them too.
And there are some good news to report. The FTC announced this week that it took a huge bit of robocall fraud. They took down four separate operations that used many company names. They were behind billions of illegal robokals.
The fraudsters played things like automatic warranties, debt relief, home security systems, fake charities, and Google search results. All four illegal operations agreed to settle fees that they violated the FTC Act and the Agency's Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR), including the non-agreement provision.
As a result of the settlement, the defendants are banned from robokalling and most telemarketing activities, including those using an automatic dialer, and will pay substantial financial assessments. One of the accused gave the software platform that resulted in over 1
Which telemarketing companies joined the FTC?
Here are some of the names of companies taken down by these settlements: TelWeb, NetDotSolutions, TeraMESH, Salisbury, World Connection LLC, World Connection SA, Higher Target Marketing, Life Management Services, Pointbreak Media and Veterans of America (VOA).
It wouldn't be surprising if you got a robocall or 10 from any of the above companies. They were responsible for billions of robocalls each year.
One particular caught sight of me. Veterans of America (VOA), run by Travis Deloy Peterson, allegedly used counterfeit veterans' charities and illegal robocalls to get people to donate cars, boats and other valuables. Peterson allegedly sold these items for his own personal benefit. Talk about sleazy!
Peterson also used other company names in this outrageous scheme. They were called Vehicles for Veterans LLC, rescue our soldiers, donate your car, donate the car LLC, Act of Valor and Medal of Honor.
He allegedly made millions of robocalls, asking people for donations that would go to the veterans' charities and were deductible. In reality, none of the companies were genuine charities with tax-exempt status. A court order prohibits Peterson from robokalling, forbids him from misleading and violent telemarketing, and imposes nearly $ 550,000 on him. It's a good start.
Even after this big bust, you will still get many unwanted robococks. Unfortunately, it is the way for the world right now. But you don't have to sit back and take it. Continue reading for ways to be proactive in stopping this scourge on society.
FCC Tips to Stop Unwanted Robokals
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to help consumers stop robo calling and avoid telephone scams. Here is a list of FCC suggestions that help in the fight:
- Don't answer calls from unknown numbers. If you answer such a call, you immediately add it.
- You may not be able to tell right away if an incoming call is spoofed. Please note: Calling ID showing a local number does not necessarily mean that it is a local call.
- If you answer the phone and the caller – or a recording – asks you to press a button to stop receiving calls, just hang up. Scammers often use this trick to identify potential goals.
- Don't answer any questions, especially those that can be answered with "Yes". That's because it's a "please hear me" scam that might end up costing you great time.
- Never give out personal information such as account numbers, social security numbers, mother's maiden name, password or other identifying information in response to unexpected calls or if you are at all suspicious.
- If you receive an inquiry from someone saying that they represent a company or government agency, you must hang up and call the telephone number of the statement, in the phone book or on the company's or authority's website to verify the authenticity of the request. You will usually receive a written statement in the mail before you receive a phone call from a legitimate source, especially if the caller requests payment.
- Be careful if you are pressed for information immediately.
- If you have a voicemail account with the phone service, make sure you enter a password for it. Some voicemail services are preset to allow access if you call from your own phone number. An attacker can fake your phone number and access your voicemail if you do not enter a password.
- Talk to the phone company about call protection tools they can have and check in apps that you can download to your mobile device to block unwanted calls.
- If you are already using robocall blocking technology, it often helps to let the company know which numbers are producing unwanted calls so they can block these calls for you and others.
- To block telemarketing calls, your number will not register on the call list. Legitimate telemarketers consult the list to avoid calling both landline and wireless phone numbers in the list.
You won't believe in robokall's latest arrangements! Here are ways you can throw them
You've heard them – those annoying robotic cries that are trying to scam you with free vacations or fake IRS threats. In fact, it is estimated that scammers make 2.5 billion robococks in a month alone. This poses a very real risk for consumers, as it becomes more difficult to identify and avoid harmful automated calls. In this Komando on Demand podcast, you learn how to protect yourself and your family from falling victim to these difficult and simply dangerous phone calls.
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