FCC, FTC working with companies to stop robocalls

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(NEWS10) – They’re already against the law, especially if you’re on the “no call list”, but the robocalls keep coming to your home and mobile phone. 

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have asked private companies to help by developing apps to stop robocalls.

The FCC says billions of robocalls are made each month but there are ways to block them.

Brad Pittmon’s Company VTech communications developed phones that use automated messages to stop robocalls before they ring to you.  Every unknown caller gets a message.

“That outgoing message says this number does not accept unsolicited calls if you are a telemarketer please hang up and if you aren’t, press pound,” Pittmon said.

The FCC says it receives nearly 200,000 complaints each year and the majority of them deal with robocalls. Now vendors along with lawmakers are working on ways to better protect consumers.

“There are these 3rd party app developers and phone companies that are providing these services already and we want consumers to know about them,” Patrick Webre, FCC spokesperson, said.

Most of the scamming is coming from cell phones.

Bill Sasso says his system uses caller ID to determine if a call should go through or automatically hung up.

“If it is a valid phone number it is going to ring through if it’s been blocked it will be stopped immediately,” Sasso, of Digitone said.

While private companies continue to develop call blockers, the FCC is working with Congress to block the callers—by increasing fines,  strengthening laws and tracking down illegal robocallers.

“Be able to trace that call back to the originator in order to enforce the law If we find they are breaking the law in that manner while the technology is not perfect,” Webre said.

The FCC and developers are working on ways to make the nonstop ringing – end.
 

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