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Have you been missing something amid the lockdowns and stay-at-home orders? No, not human contact. Not even toilet paper. 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.
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.
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.
The bill is one of several measures that federal and state government and the telecom industry are taking to protect Americans from the billions of scam calls made each month.
AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and 10 other large phone companies have struck an agreement with 51 attorneys general to enact technology to block robocalls before they reach consumers.
Federal regulators are giving phone companies the right to block unwanted calls without getting customers’ permission first.
Federal regulators voted Thursday to give phone companies the right to block unwanted calls without getting customers’ permission first.
New tools are coming to fight robocalls, but don’t expect unwanted calls to disappear.
New measures by U.S. regulators could help thwart some of the billions of robocalls received in the U.S.
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?
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.
Americans are now getting so many robocalls on a regular basis that many are simply choosing not to answer the phone altogether.
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.
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.
Justin Beights has sought a permit to stage a whimsical, extremely annoying demonstration outside the Sandpoint-area home rented by Scott D. Rhodes – a man who appears to be responsible for sending racist, anti-Semitic robocalls to thousands of phones across the country.
Billions of robocalls are sent each month, but a tiny fraction of them have attracted extra scrutiny. In recent months, an estimated 10,000 robocalls in at least five states have been linked to Scott Rhodes, a 49-year-old neo-Nazi who rants about Jews and other minorities from his rental home just outside Sandpoint.
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.
A white supremacist living in Sandpoint appears to be responsible for another spate of vitriolic automated phone calls, this time targeting Spokane-area residents in response to criticism of a Spokane Transit Authority executive.
Nowadays our phones are glued to our hands. Scammers know this and take advantage by flooding us with robocalls.