FCC proposes new robocall rules targeting texts, foreign calls

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It's a scam While it's hard to fight phone spam, we have some suggestions that may help make things a bit less annoying. While the Truth in Caller ID Act prohibits spoofing caller ID files, it did no longer at the birth prolong to text messages or global calls. The former piece of legislation made the act of scamming people by phone using a faked or "spoofed" number an offense with potential civil and criminal penalties. "With these recent principles, we will end the loopholes that hamstring law enforcement when they struggle to pursue global scammers and scammers utilizing text messaging". The anti-spoofing rules will be voted on by the FCC Aug. 1, and they already have the support of more than 40 state attorneys general, Pai said Monday.

A release says the calls often come from overseas using spoofed numbers to make whoever is calling appear to be with a trusted organization in America. Still, service providers are not required to provide robocall-blocking services and the ruling did not prohibit companies from charging consumers for such services.

Enforcement actions could include seizing USA assets of foreign companies found to be spoofing calls to United States numbers.

Last year, the FCC enforced carriers to implement the SHAKEN/STIR standards for all wireless carriers to verify the authenticity of incoming calls. "As State Attorneys General on the front lines fighting these scammers, we are acutely aware that many of these calls are coming from criminals, located overseas, utilizing caller ID spoofing, and we are also seeing more scams being perpetrated via text message, as contemplated in the RAY BAUM'S Act", a letter from attorneys generals read.

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