Weekly Stories from You: Call Blocker Cuts Robocalls

Christina Tetreault
Staff Attorney

Friday, July 15th, 2016

If you’ve been following the End Robocalls campaign, you know that hundreds of thousands of us have joined together to call on the phone companies to offer free effective tools to block robocalls. We know the solutions are out there to end robocalls, and we think the phone companies are best positioned to implement them. […]

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Weekly Stories from You: Robocalls Jeopardizing Job

Christina Tetreault
Staff Attorney

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Des has a lot to juggle, including being a mom, tending to her daughter’s medical challenges, and holding down a busy job. Robocallers don’t care about any of that. Des gets so many robocalls to a phone she has to answer that she’s worried it will affect her work: “My daughter has multiple medical conditions. […]

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FCC Says Entire Federal Government Can Robocall You

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Stemming from a Supreme Court case that found the entire federal government to be exempt from the Telephone Communications Protection Act because the government is not a “person” as defined by the law.

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FTC Testifies on Phone Scams Against Seniors

Maureen Mahoney
Public Policy Fellow

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Elder financial abuse continues to be major problem in the United States – it’s estimated to cost older Americans $3 billion a year. And, it’s on the rise. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), complaints from seniors about fraud increased about 47 percent from 2012 and 2014. Lois Greisman, Associate Director of the Division […]

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Weekly Stories from You: Do Not Call List Doesn’t Work for Kevin’s Family

Christina Tetreault
Staff Attorney

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Are you on the Do Not Call List? Do you still get robocalls? Then you know that the Do Not Call list doesn’t work. Kevin knows this, too. His family has learned the hard way that we need a different solution to End Robocalls:   My wife was lucky enough to be home with our son […]

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AT&T’s Excuses for Not Blocking Unwanted Robocalls are Mind-Blowingly Weak

Maureen Mahoney
Public Policy Fellow

Monday, June 27th, 2016

AT&T is still giving out a bunch of spectacularly weak excuses for not protecting their consumers from unwanted robocalls. In response to AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson’s incorrect claims that AT&T needs the FCC’s permission to protect consumers from robocalls (which it already has), over 1,200 AT&T customers have called him directly to give AT&T “permission” to […]

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FTC Places New Restrictions on Telemarketers

Maureen Mahoney
Public Policy Fellow

Monday, June 27th, 2016

If you’ve been sending complaints to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) about unwanted scam callers, they’re hearing you loud and clear. Today, they announced that they are taking some new steps to protect you from scammy telemarketers. The FTC enforces the Telemarketing Sales Rule, an important law that protects consumers from telemarketing calls and robocalls. […]

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Consumers’ Phone Lines Shut Down by Robocalls

Maureen Mahoney
Public Policy Fellow

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
man on phone at computer

Robocalls are not only annoying – they can also create truly scary situations. Lately, we’ve received several stories from consumers who have been harassed by astonishing numbers of automated calls and by malicious, unscrupulous scammers. Michelle, from Charlottesville, VA has one of the most upsetting recent stories. According to Michelle, after she asked the robocallers to leave her […]

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Weekly Stories from You: Robocalls Make Essential Rest Impossible

Christina Tetreault
Staff Attorney

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

We all need sleep, but some of us need more rest than others. But it’s really hard to sleep when you phone is ringing off the hook. This week, we’re featuring Julie’s story. She’s a busy mom suffering from a chronic disease. In order to be her best self, Julie needs to rest every afternoon. […]

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Now, There’s Nomorobo for Your Smartphone!

Maureen Mahoney
Public Policy Fellow

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Pictured: Aaron Foss, inventor of Nomorobo There may be new hope for those overwhelmed with robocalls to their smartphones: You can get Nomorobo for your cell! Nomorobo, the call-blocking service for home phones, just announced a beta version for smartphones. IPhone and Android users will soon be able to download the app, which will automatically […]

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