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Most robocalls are prohibited by law, but scammers and dishonest people continue to send them. And even some legitimate companies violate peoples’ privacy rights with illegal robocalls. Today the FTC announced several victories in the fight against illegal robocalls.
 
In the first victory, the FTC announced that it stopped the operator of a series of sham charities called “Veterans of America.” That operator sent millions of robocalls to donors and collected more than half a million dollars illegally. The robocalls’ message claimed that the organization was a charity and donations were tax deductible. None of that was true. The FTC stopped him in his tracks, and now he can’t send or help others send robocalls anymore.
 
In the second victory, the FTC announced that three individual defendants in the case against Point Break Media agreed to a robocall ban, and a ban on helping others send robocalls. All of them were part of a scheme that sent false (and alarming) robocalls to small business owners to get their money.
 
Today’s announcement also includes a double victory in the NetDotSolutions case. Three defendants who provided the autodialers used to place billions of illegal robocalls are now banned from supplying autodialers to telemarketers. In fact, those defendants provided the autodialing technology used by robocallers in at least eight prior FTC cases. They also will pay $1.35 million.

And finally, yet importantly, the FTC got a fourth victory in the Higher Goals Marketing case, where seven defendants agreed to a telemarketing ban. These defendants operated a credit card debt-relief scheme, which they started just weeks after the FTC closed a similar operation in the Life Management Services case, and where several of the defendants had previously worked.
 
The FTC’s work against illegal robocalls continues, and you can help by letting us know when you get an illegal robocall: www.ftc.gov/complaint. Read this article to learn more, or visit ftc.gov/calls.

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I have been recieving between 5 to 10 calls every night, always, from a different number and always in the evening hours as late as 10 pm. Tried to report but the form requires information and one number and as I stated; always different numbers. FYI, I finally found that if using a cell phone, you can put on do not disturb and it will only let numbers through that are in your contacts. At least I can sleep at night. This is harassment pure and simple and they should be investigated and prosecuted as such.

I am sick and tired of these robocall to my home phone (landline) my personal cell phone, my work cell phone and my business phone (landline)! I don't need medical equipment, air duct cleaning, extension to my vehicle warranty, and I'm not making any donations to any organization over the phone! I've practically stopped answer my phones if I do not recognize the number or their name doesn't show up on my caller ID. I used to tell the caller to take my name off their list but it didn't do any good, they keep calling and now with the robo calls all you can to do is hang up and then block the number on your phone! Last week I had one supposedly from the IRS in KY telling me to call a number and to hit a specific number on the key pad. I hung up and tried to block the number on my phone. Please help put a stop to these scammers, both domestic and international! Maybe we should give them our Senator or Congressman's phone number and maybe just maybe they'll get something done about it. Oh well, it was a lovely thought!

There is an easy fix (if we all do it). My mother(82 yrs) has been taken twice as well as my brother in law. There are a number of scams: "you're grandson is in jail, and you need to bail him out ", Microsoft giving you a refund and taking control of your computer, The IRS has a warrant out for you, etc.
Any way, I purchased a very loud signal horn (air horn), and I let the intruders take me down a path, and as I tell them that they should not take advantage of people, I let the airhorn rip into the phone. I guarantee their ear hurts a bit after, and maybe they will think twice before they pray on someone else. If we all did that, maybe it would stop. Just a thought....

Hopefully soon providers of phone service will block these calls (free of charge to customer) before they ever get to we customers. Even paying for call blocking ability does not prevent phone from ringing. designation of "Invalid phone number" or "Robocaller" should appear as caller ID for ALL of these type of calls. Please make it happen.

Automated call telling me "You have not paid your taxes". Tells you to press 7 to be removed. All it does is remove you from that number's list, soon after same call new number. Number always revolved. Pressed 1 and talked to an Alan, said he was with Tax Relief and wanted to stop the IRS from garnishing me. Informed him he was violating federal laws not only robocalling but to my cell phone on top of it. Advised him to permanently remove me or I would file a formal complaint. Not sure it will help since they somehow got Gov't information to start calling me so doubt the Gov't will stop them.

Everyday, every minute on landline and now cell phone! Don’t we have enough with the terrible news, weather conditions, etc. now I block a call and somehow they know and call again on a different number(s). Please this has got to stop. Now it’s about Social security being compromised!!!!! Ugh!!!!

This is not working on a minimum I recieve 3 calls a day from a person who sounds like there from India. The phone number is from my local area code and changes everytime. If I call back sometimes it's a legit number to a real person it seems the steal the numbers very quick then disconnect them. So since the number changes I cannot block them they just keep getting new ones. So in my eyes things have gotten much worse not better at all so again dont declare any victories they are three steps ahead of you. Please stop this it effects our work.

Calls to my business up to 40 times a day. social security scams, credit card scams, debt relief scams. it gets insanely sickening that nobody is doing anything about it.

All day long, robocallers and calls which simply hang up with nobody there. AI bots trying to communicate with me. I do not talk to robots. I've repeatedly requested a permanent block to any and all calls which are routed through or originate from any country other than the USA. I have no good reason to talk to anyone from outside of the USA and for many years I have refused to do business with companies whom do not offer American phone representatives. Vote with your wallet.

It won't stop until Violators receive 5 years in prison for anyone connected to a robocall system. I get 10 + robocalls a day..I don't have time to report all of them to do not call..How do they have so many telephone numbers to call from that cannot be called back on.

Perhaps the FTC should work on ways to prevent ANYONE from using a false caller ID name or number, and make that a FELONY!

someone trying to sell Medicare Programs robocalls 3-6 times daily.
At the end of the call, the option to be taken off the calling list by pressing 9...doesn't work.

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