Schneiderman, 30 other AGs, want FCC to block fake number frauds

Attorneys general push for blocking of illegal robocalls

"As families gather around the dinner table each night, they shouldn't be bombarded by unwanted robocalls", said Attorney General Becerra.

Schneiderman and 30 other state attorneys general have requested the FCC move forward with a proposal allowing telecommunications providers to block the spoofing of calls, which they are now prevented from doing by federal regulations.

"We should be doing everything in our power to eliminate these types of calls, which far too often lead to identify theft and financial loss", he said.

Attorneys general working with Shapiro told the FCC that allowing phone providers to block calls would disrupt scams without harming legitimate businesses.

The comments sound the alarm about the growing number of telephone scam complaints across the country and supports the FCC's proposal to remove regulatory roadblocks.

Brnovich made his request in a letter that was signed by attorney generals from 29 other states. Replies to those comments are due on July 31. That could prevent an estimated 2 billion unwanted calls every month.

The proposed rules were developed in conjunction with an industry Robocall Strike Task Force created in 2016.

It said that more than 10,000 people have been victims of calls in which the caller pretends to come from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and claims back taxes are owed. These calls appear to be coming from one number, but are actually coming from a different number. Under the new rules, carriers could screen out calls coming from unassigned phone numbers.

You could be paying a lower interest rate on your credit card, the recorded message from a 305 Area Code informed a local resident Wednesday afternoon.

He said the agency should allow individual subscribers, in addition to telephone companies, to block numbers.

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