Tired of robocalls? So are we. Today the FTC and state and federal partners announced Operation Call it Quits, an effort to go after robocallers. As part of the announcement, the FTC has new videos, infographics, and articles you can watch, read, and share at ftc.gov/calls.
You can read more in our press release, but the FTC actions announced include:
- A Florida-based operation that the FTC alleges used illegal robocalls in a scheme to get people to pay to get their credit card interest rates lowered — which didn’t happen.
- A money-making scheme that the FTC alleges used robocalls and online ads to get people to pay thousands of dollars for “program memberships” to get big earnings. But few people made any money buying into the program, and many lost their entire investment. Instead, they were told to make more robocalls to pitch program memberships and digital products to other people.
- A serial dialer who settled charges that he operated a dialing platform that blasted out illegal calls for telemarking operations, including calls to telephone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry, robocalls, and calls with faked caller ID information.
- A telemarketer for the solar industry that the FTC alleges called people illegally, including millions of calls to people on the National Do Not Call Registry. The defendants called people to see if they were interested in home solar energy systems, and then transferred interested people to companies selling the solar products. The owners of the operation have agreed to a ban on placing robocalls and calling numbers on the Registry.
So what can you do about robocalls? If you get one:
- Don’t trust caller ID — it can be faked.
- Ask your carrier about call blocking.
- Report robocalls to the FTC at donotcall.gov.
Learn more at ftc.gov/calls.
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In reply to I block all phone numbers not by jerry
In reply to Wish I could find away to by Going out of m…
You may want to ask your phone service provider about call-blocking options. This FTC article explains call-blocking choices for different types of phone service.
Also, callers can fake the number that shows up on your caller ID. Calls that seem to be from outside the US might not really be international calls.
In reply to You may want to ask your by FTC Staff
In reply to so I read this Consumer Info by sick of it
If you use call-blocking technology that comes on your phone or from your phone carrier, you could stop a lot of calls at once.
For example, if you have a mobile phone and you download a call-blocking app to your phone, the app acts like a filter. The company that made the app uses information to predict which calls are probably scams, and stops those calls from coming through. You don't have to add numbers to your blocked list.
Read the FTC article to learn more about call-blocking choices for mobile phones, landline phones and people who get phone service over the internet.
In reply to I've tried to block the calls by Leons6kids
In reply to Me too they are using a by Ginavon
When you register your number at www.DoNotCall.gov, it doesn't expire.
The FTC will remove your number from the Registry only if your number is disconnected and reassigned, or if you ask to remove it.
In reply to I have been on the FTC.gov's by mandasman
Follow the link in this blog to read about call-blocking options that don't require you to manually block each number.
For example, some call-blocking apps act like filters. The company behind the app uses call data or reports from users to predict which calls are illegal or likely scams and intercept the calls before they reach you. The FTC article explains that you can find a list of call-blocking apps for mobile phones at ctia.org.
People who get phone service over the internet or through a traditional land line can also read about call-blocking choices.
In reply to So the idea to report into do by nohurt41
The Do Not Call list was created to stop sales calls from real companies. If you registered your number on the Do Not Call Registry and you're still getting calls, the calls are probably from scammers.
This blog is about enforcement actions by the FTC and state and federal agencies against robocallers who the FTC alleges used illegal robocalls.
In reply to The Do Not Call list was by FTC Staff
In reply to non of what you say works, I by slim
The National Do Not Call Registry was created to stop sales calls from real companies. If your number is on the Registry and you still get calls, they are probably from scammers.
You can use call-blocking to stop unwanted calls. Read the FTC article about call blocking for mobile phones, land lines and phone that get service over the internet.
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In reply to I keep getting phone calls by Orlandoom