FTC Cracks down on Record-High Robocalls
Robocalls are increasing once again in the United States, and the Federal Trade Commission, which manages the Do-Not-Call registry, is trying to curtail this. The FTC will now alert phone carriers about Do-Not-Call violations, including the date and time of the call and the subject matter discussed in the call.
The term “robocall” covers a wide range of automatic telephone calls, from credit card advertisements to travel promotions to political campaigns and beyond. In the first seven months of 2017, U.S. households have encountered 17.2 billion robocalls. There were 2.59 billion calls in July alone, representing a 7.5% increase over 2016 levels.
The state of Texas received 307.9 million robocalls in July, more than any other state in any other month since YouMail began collecting data in 2015. 80% of the “50 Most Robocalled Cities in America” saw an increase in call volume from June to July.
If you are tired of receiving robocalls, you can sign up on the FTC’s Do Not Call Registry. This will help you avoid a large volume of telemarketing calls. However, some companies get around the list. You can file a complaint with the FTC when you receive a robocall, and they will send the appropriate information to your phone provider.