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FTC Law Enforcement Call It Quits On Robocallers

first_img New FCC Rules Target International RobocallersFCC Empowers Carriers to ‘Aggressively Block’ Robocalls The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and law enforcement officials teamed up to crack down on illegal robocalls.Their joint “Operation Call It Quits” effort targets U.S. enterprises responsible for more than 1 billion calls pitching various products and services.“We’re all fed up with the tens of billions of illegal robocalls we get every year,” Andrew Smith, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement.Already, the agency has four new cases and three new settlements, bringing its total number of claims against illegal robocallers and Do Not Call (DNC) violators to 145.State partners announcing enforcement actions this week include the Attorneys General Offices for Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia; the Consumer Protection Divisions of the District Attorneys for Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, and Santa Clara, Calif.; the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; and the Los Angeles City Attorney.“Every year, our office gets more consumer complaints about unwanted robocalls than just about any other issue,” according to Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill. “At best, these calls represent a nuisance for families just wanting to enjoy peace and privacy without needless disturbances interrupting their routine.“At worst,” he said, “they represent scams that successfully steal people’s identities or hard-earned money.”In addition to the actions by the FTC, 25 federal, state, and local agencies have brought 87 enforcement actions as part of the “Operation Call It Quits” initiative.The U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Northern District of Georgia, Middle District of Florida, and Southern District of Texas—with support from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration—also contributed five criminal actions.The join effort, Smith added, “shows that combating this scourge remains a top priority for law enforcement agencies around the nation.”Part of the Commission’s ongoing effort to help curb pre-recorded telemarketing, the movement also includes information to educate consumers about illegal robocalls.You can find additional information on ways to limit bothersome calls online.More on Geek.com:FCC Empowers Carriers to ‘Aggressively Block’ RobocallsAT&T, Comcast Team Up to Fight Annoying RobocallsJohn Oliver Robocalls FCC to Prove Point About Robocalls Stay on targetlast_img read more