NC Attorney General Urges FCC to Take Action Against Illegal Spoof Robocalls

newly proposed rules would allow telephone service providers to block calls coming from certain numbers

NC Attorney General Urges FCC to Take Action Against Illegal Spoof Robocalls
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July 12, 2017

North Carolina Attorney General (AG) Josh Stein is urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt rules that would allow telephone service providers to block illegal robocalls.

AG Stein wrote the FCC in response to proposed rules that would permit providers to block several types of "spoofed" calls, in which a call appears to be coming from one number, but is actually coming from a different number.

"Scammers frequently use so-called spoofed calls to hide their identity and trick consumers into believing that their calls are from legitimate businesses," said Attorney General Stein. "I will do everything I can to protect North Carolinians from these fraudulent calls that can lead to people losing their money to criminals.

Eliminating Regulatory Roadblocks

Currently, regulatory roadblocks prevent telecommunications companies from blocking many illegal robocalls. If the new rules are adopted, providers would be allowed to block calls coming from invalid numbers, unallocated numbers, and numbers whose owners have requested to be blocked.

For example, phone providers would be able to block a scammer that is using a telephone number that clearly cannot exist because it hasn't been assigned to anyone.

A Group Effort

Attorneys general from 29 states joined AG Stein in signing this letter to the FCC.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has also expressed its support for the proposed initiatives.