FCC tips to prevent & stop robocalls
In 2021 so far, 51.8 million robocalls have been placed to Nebraska, according to YouMail, a robocall index
YouMail estimates that in the month of March alone, 4.9 billion calls were reportedly made in the U.S.–which means that about 15 calls were made to each American every month.
“There is public information out there about your cars that you own and people are driving more than ever as we come out of this pandemic,” Jessica Rosenworcel, acting chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission, told Good Morning America. “So the time is ripe for fraud associated with these kind of things.”
An average of 200,000 complaints a year are made to the Federal Communications Commission on unwanted calls.
Now, the FCC is taking action to help people block robocalls on their phones.
“We’re going to put in place new technologies that help authenticate our calls,” Rosenworcel said. “And those new technologies will be in place in just a few months.”
The FCC says that many of the robocalls are being generated overseas so they’re working with local and international agencies to go after the perpetrators.
There isn’t a way yet to stop the calls entirely, but the FCC says there are a few things you can do now to stop most of them.
Download a call blocker
YouMail, the robocall index referenced earlier, also offers a free, third-party app backed by the FCC that helps prevent spam calls that you can download.
“The pandemic actually reduced the number of robocalls dramatically,” YouMail CEO Alex Quilici said to GMA. “That’s because the call centers had to close or operate at a reduced capacity. Now they’ve sprung right back to where they were before the pandemic. And the whole point of a robocall is to get you to press one or call someone back so they can get you on whatever it is they’re trying to sell.”
Quilici also says that YouMail tracks the number of robocalls happening at any moment and the fraudulent services they offer.
When it comes to scams, the FCC encourages us to practice extreme caution when giving out personal information. If they’re trying to scam you, the most obvious sign is when they ask you for personal information like a social security number, credit card information, or bank account information.
“Telephone scammers are good at what they do and may imply that they work for a company you trust,” the FCC said on its website. “Don’t fall for it. Be extremely cautious.”
File a complaint
If you have a complaint about suspected scam calls, you can file it with the FCC to help them identify scammers.