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UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019, 7:42 p.m.

Major carriers, state AGs will work to combat robocalls

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.


Regulators give phone companies new tools to fight robocalls

Federal regulators are giving phone companies the right to block unwanted calls without getting customers’ permission first.


Regulators give phone companies new tools to fight robocalls

Federal regulators voted Thursday to give phone companies the right to block unwanted calls without getting customers’ permission first.


Is there finally more help in the fight against robocalls?

New tools are coming to fight robocalls, but don’t expect unwanted calls to disappear.


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019, 10:45 a.m.

Help coming on blocking scam calls for robocall-plagued U.S.

New measures by U.S. regulators could help thwart some of the billions of robocalls received in the U.S.


UPDATED: Mon., April 29, 2019, 1:34 p.m.

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 …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 9:53 a.m.

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 …


Americans got 26.3B robocalls last year, up 46 percent from 2017, report says

Americans are now getting so many robocalls on a regular basis that many are simply choosing not to answer the phone altogether.


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, …


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 …


How to respond to racist robocalls from North Idaho: Accordion-playing clowns, says Virginia man

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 …


Blocking robocalls – even racist ones – is a giant, complicated challenge, experts say

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 …


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 …


UPDATED: Sat., June 16, 2018, 8:28 p.m.

Sandpoint man’s racist robocalls offer defense of Spokane transit executive

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 …


BBB Tip of the Week: Scammers take advantage of our connections to our phones

Nowadays our phones are glued to our hands. Scammers know this and take advantage by flooding us with robocalls.


UPDATED: Thu., May 10, 2018, 4:38 p.m.

Florida man behind 100 million robocalls hit with huge FCC fine

In a massive strike, the Federal Communications Commission issued a $120 million fine on a massive robocall spoofing operation it deemed a threat to public safety.


Is there finally some relief from annoying robocalls?

Help is coming, if slowly. Over the past year, prodded by the government, cellphones have added new tools to counteract unwanted “robocalls.” The Federal Communications Commission has proposed letting phone …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 12:56 p.m.

$82 million fine proposed for North Carolina man in robocall case

Federal officials have proposed an $82.1 million fine against a North Carolina man who they say made millions of illegally spoofed robocalls.


Front Porch: Unwanted callers won’t take the hint to get lost

I don’t know about you, but I get a whole bunch of unwanted phone calls. They are a scourge, though some have a certain black humor to them.


Consumer Confidential: Robocall phone mess is an unholy hassle

Southern Californian Greg Vogel can’t heal the sick. Nor can he see the future. So he’s tired of being confused with a young televangelist calling himself Prophet Manasseh Jordan, who …


Ted Cruz robocalls prompt complaints in Montana

The Ted Cruz campaign may be chatting up Montanans for their vote, but the Texas senator’s alleged robocalls are pushing the wrong buttons for some.


Threatening robocalls lock down multiple schools

Eight Spokane schools were locked down Wednesday after they received bomb threat robo calls starting around 2:30 p.m.


Huckleberries: Hope they won’t also be wedding crashers

At traditional weddings, couples promise to stand by each other for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health. Et cetera. An engaged couple received …