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Attorneys general take aim at robocalls

INDIANAPOLIS (WPTA21) — Indiana’s Attorney General is joining a coalition calling on the FCC to stop robocalls.

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill joined a coalition of 42 other Attorneys General. Hill says the number of spoofed calls and the resulting financial losses have increased by nearly 50 percent in recent years.

The coalition delivered formal legal comments to the FCC, urging the agency to adopt its proposed rules on enforcement against caller ID spoofing on calls to the United States originating from overseas. The proposed rules would also address spoofing in text messages and alternative voice services.

“Hoosiers should be able to enjoy peace and privacy without the disturbance of unwanted calls and texts,” Attorney General Hill said. “Further, some of these calls are coming from scammers intent on stealing people’s identities or taking their money. We need stronger measures and better technologies aimed at stopping illegal robocalling.”

Hill also says Americans have received almost 18 billion spam robocalls in 2018. The FCC reports those scams have cost consumers $488 million in 2018 alone.

The FCC says if people get robocalls they should hang up. They also suggested getting a call blocking app or device. The agency also calls on people to report robocalls at so they can fight scams.

The coalition sending formal comments to the FCC was led by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and included Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia.

Jacob Burbrink

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