The FCC has finally moved to stop vehicle warranty robocalls from invading your cell phone. On Thursday, it announced that all U.S. phone carriers are obligated to block the robocalls. The calls have been traced to 13 individuals and 6 companies primarily operating out of Texas and California.
Those entities are responsible for sending over 8 billion illegal robocalls since 2018. FCC Chairwoman, Jessica Rosenworcel stated, “We are not going to tolerate robocall scammers or those that help make their scams possible. Consumers are out of patience and I’m right there with them.”
The FCC reported that it received more complaints about auto warranty scams than anything else in the past two years. 41 states, plus Washington D.C. and Guam have participated in investigating the calls. The attorney general of Ohio even filed a lawsuit against several of the robocalling groups.
Any telecom company that does not remove the robocalls may be held liable. Acting FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Loyaan A. Egal said, “The Enforcement Bureau will closely monitor voice service providers’ compliance with this order and take appropriate enforcement action as necessary.”
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