The Federal Communications Commission summoned all of its regulatory strength Thursday and dropped a record $120 million fine on a notorious robocall operator who placed nearly 100 million spoofed calls. It’s just a shame that the punishment probably won’t accomplish anything.
No doubt you’ve gotten an automated phone call at one point in your life. But since 2015, reports of robocalls have increased at quite an alarming rate, with around 4.5 million robocall complaints filed in 2017, an increase of about 2.4 million robocalls since 2015. A few million calls may sound like a lot, but it’s…
Mankind, in their arrogance, once thought they had conquered their immortal enemy: The scam robocall. Unfortunately, thanks in large part to laziness by cell phone carriers, they’ve been back with a vengeance in recent years. Internet-powered robocalling systems are making it cheaper and easier than ever to launch…
The notorious Florida Man is at it again, this time allegedly placing nearly 100 million robocalls offering fake travel deals, according to the Federal Communications Commission.
The nation’s biggest telecoms will offer a public demonstration of the latest technology for blocking illegal robocalls at an expo in Washington, DC, later this month.
A federal appeals court on Friday overturned a portion of an Obama-era rule aimed at curbing unwanted calls from nuisance telemarketing companies.
You’re not the only one who has noticed an uptick in annoying robocalls seemingly coming from your same area code.
People around the country who were baffled and alarmed to get recorded phone calls telling them to stop making “negative and derogatory posts” about President Trump were the targets of a recently launched prank call app—a gag that misfired when the company’s automated disclaimer message failed to work.
Brett Vanderbrook was driving for Uber last week when he got a call from an unfamiliar number. He let it go to voicemail and when he listened to it later, he got a shock: It was a recorded message telling him to stop making “negative and derogatory posts about President Trump.”
Somewhere along the way your mobile phone went from being a way for your friends and family to reach you, to becoming a portal through which marketers and spammers can bombard you with calls you’re not interested in. It’s sort of like the landline, only much, much more irritating. Here’s what you can do to reclaim…
It’s that time of year guys, when every politician under the sun has a robot call your house at prime eating time to encourage you to vote, or ask for money, or poll your feelings on Soccer Mom v Rotting Squash. At least this has been the case for many people in our fine nation of fifty states. But Arkansas likes to…
The FCC has been conducting some major ass-kicking lately, a trend it is continuing with its latest move: slapping a $2.94 million fine, the biggest in FCC history, on a serial robocaller.
When PayPal updated its user agreement earlier this month, people were pissed off. The agreement left people with two options: Agree to receive robocalls from PayPal, or stop using the service. Now the company is back-pedalling on the whole “deal with our obnoxious, aggressive automatic calling or GTFO” policy.
Way back in October, the Federal Trade Commission admitted impotence against the ever-tenacious robocall and essentially begged the nation to find some way to make the madness stop. With a cool $50,000 tossed in to sweeten the deal, two winners have, at last, surfaced: meet Nomorobo and the decidedly less catchy…
The Federal Trade Commission is offering $50,000 to the first person to take down one of the most abhorrent aspects of daily life: robocallers. With the Do Not Call Registry proving to be a resounding failure, the FTC is putting themselves at the mercy of the nation's tech savvy.
This is going to feel good: now you can call all supporters of SOPA and PIPA, the dreadful US internet censorship laws, using a simple web site. Just record your very own message, pay some dollars and fire away.
Since 1991, marketing robocalls in the US have been as tightly regulated as medicine, meth, and murder. But if HR 3035 makes its way through Congress, it's going to be open season for the automatons to call your cellphone.
The Federal Trade Commission, that good old shoplifting whore, has finally decided to make automated marketing robocalls illegal starting next week. After September 1, violators may get fines of up to $16,000 per call, except for the usual suspects.
These ridiculous people at National Auto Warranty Services (US Fidelis) are the only people to ever spam-call me on my cellphone. Now I know why.