On average, how many robocalls would you say you get in a day? One, three, 19? Honestly, there isn’t a number you could say that would surprise me.
That’s because the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says it’s seen a significant increase in the number of illegal robocalls lately because internet-powered phone systems have made it cheap and easy for scammers to make calls from anywhere in the world.
The agency has been trying to stop these illegal calls for years. Now, we might actually see some progress in the never-ending fight. Four major culprits responsible for billions of illegal robocalls have been caught.
What’s being done to stop robocallers?
Government agencies aren’t the only ones taking the fight to robocallers. Verizon finally decided to get serious about stopping them, too.
And, there’s some good news to report. The FTC announced this week that it took an enormous bite out of robocall scams. They took down four separate operations which were using numerous company names. They were behind billions of illegal robocalls.
The scammers pitched things like auto warranties, debt-relief services, home security systems, fake charities and Google search results services. All four illegal operations agreed to settle charges that they violated the FTC Act and the agency’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR), including its Do Not Call provision.
As a result of the settlement, the defendants are banned from robocalling and most telemarketing activities, including those using an automatic dialer, and will pay significant financial judgments. One of the defendants provided the software platform that resulted in over 1 billion illegal robocalls.
Here are some of the names of companies taken down after these settlements: TelWeb, NetDotSolutions, TeraMESH, Salisbury, World Connection LLC, World Connection S.A., Higher Goals Marketing, Life Management Services, Pointbreak Media and Veterans of America (VOA).