Scammers are bombarding Americans with robocalls

Scammers are bombarding Americans with robocalls

FOX 11 Los Angeles - Aug 17, 2017
If it seems like you're getting more robocalls than ever, experts say you're right. But the people who are calling are not telemarketers. Legitimate telemarketers are honoring the Do Not Call list. But scammers are not, according to Alex Quilici, CEO of YouMail, a company that offers software to block robocalls. The callers pretend to be the IRS or a software company or a free cruise.

Have you been promised a free cruise over a robocall? You could be entitled to $900

Have you been promised a free cruise over a robocall? You could be entitled to $900

KTTS - Aug 15, 2017
Thanks to a class-action lawsuit, people who received telemarkerting calls promising a free cruise between 2009 and 2014 could be entitled to $900. The class-action lawsuit alleged that a company called Resort Marketing Group violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act when they made robocalls, allegedly offering free Caribbean cruises.

What's behind the recent uptick in robocalls?

What's behind the recent uptick in robocalls?

Mashable - Aug 15, 2017
For all the fancy technology of smartphones, robocalls remain a nearly unstoppable problem. Governments and consumer organizations have tried to outsmart them. Millions of dollars in fines have been levied against the people who program them. Do Not Call lists have been created.

Better Business Bureau Urges Residents to Help Block Robocall Numbers

Better Business Bureau Urges Residents to Help Block Robocall Numbers

NBC Connecticut - Aug 14, 2017
The Federal Trade Commission launched a new program earlier this month to cut down on the number of illegal robocalls that go out and the Connecticut Better Business Bureau is sharing tips on how you can help reduce these types of calls. When people report Do Not Call or robocall violations to the FTC, the commission releases those numbers to telecommunications carriers and other industry partners that are implementing call-blocking solutions.

Newest cell phone scam hits people at stressful time

Newest cell phone scam hits people at stressful time

WBNG-TV - Aug 14, 2017
A new cell phone scam involves stolen smart phones. You report your missing phone. The thieves who have the phone are actually waiting for you to freeze it. "The phone gets a message saying someone at this number or email address has blocked the iPhone," fraud expert Bill Kresse explained.

Scammers up to old tricks, watch out for phone scam

Scammers up to old tricks, watch out for phone scam

Kotatv - Aug 11, 2017
According to the Rapid City Police Department a caller says they're from a local law enforcement agency and that the person has missed a jury summons and a warrant has been issued for their arrest. The scammer than says the warrant will be dropped in exchange for money, gift cards or a wire transfer.

KCP&L warns customers about bill collection phone scams

KCP&L warns customers about bill collection phone scams

Kansas City Star - Aug 10, 2017
KCP&L is warning customers to beware of an increase in phone scams involving utility bills. The company said callers are fraudulently posing as KCP&L employees demanding immediate collection on alleged past-due bills. The scammers sometimes are able to “manipulate the caller ID to look like KCP&L’s actual call center number,” it said Thursday.

Electric company customers targeted in phone scam

Electric company customers targeted in phone scam

KATV - Aug 10, 2017
A local electric company is warning customers of a phone scam targeting its them and threatening to disconnect service for customers if payments are not made. First Electric cooperative says the caller tells the customer they have an alleged past-due balance and instructs the member to call a phone number (800-495-07xx).

Relief from robocalls can't come soon enough

Relief from robocalls can't come soon enough

LancasterOnline - Aug 09, 2017
The Federal Communications Commission has proposed letting phone companies block more spam and “robocalls” and is hoping to deter scammers with big fines, The Associated Press reported. Over the past year, prodded by the government, cellphones have added new tools to counteract robocalls. Federal and state “Do Not Call” lists are supposed to protect people from unwanted calls from telemarketers. Scammers are able to reach people using “autodialers,” which generate a large number of calls automatically. It’s estimated that Americans receive tens of millions of robocalls every day.

Your number could be used in a phone scam

Your number could be used in a phone scam

KULR-TV - Aug 08, 2017
A national tracking group estimates that every minute more than 50,000 robocalls are placed in the U.S. Now those companies are getting trickier, trying to get you to answer their call. They are even be using your number to get someone else to answer.

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