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Report illegal robocalls

Tired of getting endless robocalls? We are too. Robocalls aren’t just a pain to get, they’re often pushing scams for things like fake auto warranties and debt relief. But scammy robocallers can’t do it alone. That’s why the FTC is taking action against Stratics Networks, a company that supplied the technology for telemarketers to make tens of millions of robocalls. But that’s not all — the FTC is also suing the debt relief companies that hired Stratics to make robocalls for their illegal debt relief services.

The FTC says that Stratics delivered illegal robocalls for a variety of telemarketers promoting offers for things like credit card and student debt relief, home buying, health insurance, cable TV discounts, and for telemarketers playing on concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. Many robocalls were “ringless voicemails” — where your phone doesn’t ring but you get a voicemail with a robocall message.

Here’s what to know: a robocall trying to sell you something is illegal unless the company has your written permission to call you that way. Scammers use robocalls to get your money or your personal information so they can steal your identity. They might try to convince you the call is from the government, tech support, or your auto warranty company. Don’t buy it. Even if the name or number on the caller ID looks real, it could’ve been faked.

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Thalia Wyman
February 27, 2023

Hello admin, Your posts are always well organized and easy to understand.

Joseph Nichols
May 17, 2023

This is ridiculous I have to get unknown calls sometimes, I should not have to block all numbers, just because you can't stop robocalls. Stop this insanity, no one ever answers there phone anymore because 90% of calls are this. I am a Doctor and can never reach a pt due to this. It is beyond stupid. I have to take calls from all over that I do not recognize. The answer to block unknown is unacceptable.