The FCC is trying to stop annoying auto warranty spam calls2022-07-08 16:20 by Daniela
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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is taking new steps to try and stop annoying auto warranty spam calls. If you feel like you get a lot of them, you're not alone: the FCC thinks that more than 8 billion of those spam calls, which the agency says could be illegal, have been generated by just a few entities since at least 2018.
"Billions of auto warranty robocalls from a single calling campaign. Billions!" FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said in a statement. "Auto warranty scams are one of the top complaints we get from consumers and it's time to hold those responsible for making these junk calls."
According to the FCC, the following message was in many of the robocalls: "We've been trying to reach you concerning your car's extended warranty. You should have received something in the mail about your car’s extended warranty. Since we have not gotten a response, we are giving you a final courtesy call before we close out your file. Press 2 to be removed and put on our Do-Not-Call list. Press 1 to speak with someone about extending or reinstating your car's warranty. Again, press 1 to speak with a warranty specialist. (Pause) Or call our 800 number at 833-304-1447."
The commission notified eight regional US phone companies that they have 48 hours to block incoming calls from a group of scammers collectively known as the "Cox/Jones/Sumco Panama Operation." The voice providers in question are Call Pipe, Fugle Telecom, Geist Telecom, Global Lynks, Mobi Telecom, SipKonnect, South Dakota Telecom, and Virtual Telecom.
The agency has also opened a formal case to investigate the calls for "possible legal violations," and Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has filed a lawsuit to combat the robocalling scheme, naming 22 defendants.
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