Attorney General, FTC Aim to Cut Down on Robocalls
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If you are tired of getting robocalls from telemarketers, even if your number is on the "Do Not Call" list, some in the government say they are trying to do something about it.
State Attorney General Greg Zoeller says the number of complains about violations of the "do not call" registry are double what they were last year, and that's only for the first half of 2012. Zoeller says that's why he held what he called a roundtable with others who try to enforce the law aimed at cutting down the number of calls made by telemarketers.
Will Maxon with the Federal Trade Commission was among those who attended, and he says technology is helping scammers get around the law. Software that allows calls to be made over the internet lets scam artists make calls from different parts of the U.S. as well as overseas, and also allows them to "spoof" numbers into your caller ID, so as to disguise the actual location of the call.
According to complaints received by Maxon's office and the attorney general, more than half of unwanted call complaints are credit care interest-rate reduction scams, while several others concern sweepstakes or prize scams.
Zoeller says he is hosting two other roundtables in the coming month, and he will be among those testifying at the FTC's robo call summit on Washington in October.