Consumer Reports: “Progress in the fight against robocalls!”

Maureen Mahoney
Public Policy Fellow

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Consumer Reports is spreading the word about your incredible progress to stop robocalls! Just last week, CR tested call-blocking options, and found what we’ve been saying all along – that phone companies are in the best position to address the robocall problem! Now, CR is covering the latest development: top law enforcement has joined your fight against robocalls.

On July 22, attorneys general from almost every state and the District of Columbia signed a letter to AT&T, CenturyLink, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, calling on them to provide effective technology to stop robocalls. After all, many of these robocalls are thinly-veiled attempts to steal your hard-earned money!

Author Catherine Fredman points out:

“Robocalls are more than a nuisance. They are the vector by which scams enter consumers’ homes. Telemarketing fraud is estimated to cost consumers $350 million a year and it often begins with a robocall. That’s why the Attorneys General for the District of Columbia and every state except Arizona, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Texas have gotten involved: The leading law enforcement officials know that blocking unwanted robocalls can help stifle telemarketing fraud at its source.”

The attorneys general join the FTC, the FCC, and 390,000 of you in encouraging the phone companies to offer ALL of their customers the latest call-blocking technology. If you haven’t already, you can join in the fight, too! Sign our petition to the phone companies, share it with your friends, and let’s get to 500,000 signatures!

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