Consumers are getting more robocalls than ever. Technology is the reason: Companies are using autodialers that can send out thousands of phone calls every minute for an incredibly low cost.  

Using its enforcement authority, the FTC has stopped companies responsible for billions of illegal robocalls that have offered fraudulent credit card services, so-called auto warranty protection plans, medical discount cards, and grant procurement programs.

The Commission conducted a market-stimulation challenge in 2012, awarding prizes to innovators who developed technical solutions to the problem of illegal robocalls. The agency’s efforts to stimulate technological solutions continue, including through a contest at DEF CON 2014. In addition, the FTC is continuing aggressive law enforcement efforts, pursuing innovative strategies to gather evidence against robocall kingpins, producing consumer education, and coordinating with industry and other experts to fight robocallers.

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Telemarketing sales calls with recorded messages are generally illegal unless you have given the company written permission to call you

What’s the FTC Doing About Robocalls?

Robocall Action Plan

The FTC’s multiple initiatives to combat the problem of illegal robocalls.

Zap Rachel Contest

The FTC recently attended DEF CON 22 and challenged the tech-savvy public to help us zap Rachel and her robocall buddies by creating the next-generation robocall honeypot. Visit to learn more about the contest and the results.

The FTC Robocall Challenge

The agency challenged innovators to create solutions that will block illegal robocalls. The challenge is now closed and the three winners with groundbreaking ideas were announced in April 2013.

2012 Robocall Summit

The FTC hosted a one-day public event on Thursday, October 18, 2012 to discuss the rapid rise in illegal robocalls and identify potential solutions. You can view videos and PowerPoint presentations from the event’s panels.

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Hang Up on Robocalls (1:00)

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