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ROBOCALL…KILLER?

“If there is one thing in our country today that unites Republicans & Democrats, liberals & conservatives, socialists & libertarians, vegetarians & carnivores, Ohio State & Michigan fans, it is that they are sick and tired of being bombarded by unwanted robocalls…”

IS CHANGE COMING?
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BACKSTORY:

  • Problem: Approx. half of the calls you get this year will be robocalls.
  • Why? Technology allows creeps to call you even if you’re on the “Do Not Call” list. Using the internet, they can automatically dial thousands – millions of numbers each day. All they need is a small number to answer to make the scam worthwhile.
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A Change?

  • Thursday: FCC voted to allow carriers like AT&T or Verizon to proactively block suspicious calls from their customers. Think of this similar to the way your email siphons out “junk.”
  • Warning: Some worry legit calls from places like banks that use robocall systems might not reach you. We also don’t know how quickly phone companies will act.
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What can you do in the meantime? 

“The best approach is to protect your phone number the way you do your Social Security and credit card numbers. Don’t give your phone number to strangers, businesses or websites unless it’s absolutely necessary.”

Univ. of Maryland professor & computer scientist, Raymond Huahong Tu, who has researched robocall technology.
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Lingering question & concern by some FCC commissioners: Will phone companies charge you for "sifting out" robocalls to your phone? FCC says they can; will they? & would you pay?

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