Last Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission accused a Miami resident of flooding consumers with 96 million phone calls soliciting fake travel deals. The calls would appear to come from local numbers to entice people to pick up the calls. The FCC is proposing a $120 million dollar fine for what they describe as the worst “robo-sales-call” spoofing effort they have ever seen.
You may remember that last week we sent you an email about reducing unwanted sales calls by signing up with the Federal Trade Commission’s Do Not Call Registry. Today, I discovered a New York Times story suggesting that consumers might also want to download apps to reduce these calls. The Times suggests the following:
“Download apps such as YouMail, Truecaller, RoboKiller, Mr. Number, Nomorobo and Hiya, which will block the calls. YouMail will stop your phone from ringing with calls from suspected robocallers and deliver a message that your number is out of service.
Mr. Quilici, chief executive of YouMail said phone companies, such as T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T, also have tools to combat robocalls. They work by blocking calls from numbers known to be problematic.”
The Times story also suggests other ways to handle unwanted sales calls. If you are interested in finding out more about these tips, here is the link to the story:
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