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Coronavirus pandemic claims another victim: Robocalls

Industry experts say robocalls are way down – scam calls as well as nagging from your credit-card company to pay your bill. The coronavirus pandemic has inflicted millions of job losses, and scammers have not been immune.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers expects Congress to hold scam phone call oversight hearings amid coronavirus pandemic

While the number of scam telephone calls overall has been decreasing with governments across the world ordering citizens to stay home, there has been an uptick in calls attempting to capitalize on fears of the novel coronavirus. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said it’s likely lawmakers will examine where those calls are coming from and what more can be done to stop them, once Congress reconvenes.

Trump signs law to reduce robocalls, though they won’t end

An anti-robocalls measure signed into law Monday by President Donald Trump should help reduce the torrent of unwanted calls promising lower interest rates or pretending to be the IRS, though it won’t make all such calls disappear.

Feds target robocalls on your phone

Officials are pointing to new federal regulations that they say will stop the proliferation of “spoofing,” where caller ID displays the wrong local information about the source of a phone call before you pick up. But will that be enough to end scammers seeking your information, an illicit industry that is projected to cost Americans billions of dollars a year?

Racist robocaller now living in Montana, but harassment in Sandpoint continues

Scott D. Rhodes, the neo-Nazi who plagued several parts of the country last year with hate-filled robocalls from his home in Sandpoint, is now living in Libby, Montana. But some people in Sandpoint continue to receive anonymous letters that reflect Rhodes’ brand of extremism and his disdain for the local newspaper that first exposed his activities.

The most rampant robocall scams are linked to health insurance, Amazon and student loans

PHILADELPHIA – There’s a good chance the next caller on your cell phone will try to take your money or steal your identity. This grim statistic comes from First Orion, an Arkansas-based call management company that estimates nearly 30 percent of all cell-phone calls came from scammers this year. The firm predicts nearly half of all mobile calls will be fraudulent in 2019.

Racist robocall from ‘Oprah’ targets Stacey Abrams in Georgia governor’s race

For years, Oprah Winfrey’s campaign rally appearances and political endorsements have posed a difficult question for anyone who happens to be advocating for the candidate on the other side: How do you contend with the star power of a billionaire Queen of All Media who is also one of the world’s most influential people? For one robocall producer speaking into a microphone in what we can only assume is a dark basement, the answer is clear: an 11th-hour infusion of old-fashioned racism.

Spin Control: Ballot returns lag behind 2014 primaries

For all the talk about a blue wave of voters that might wash over the 2018 elections, it seems appropriate to mention that turnout in this year’s primary is lagging behind where it was in 2014, the last midterm.