The FCC Goes After Robo Callers Including Those Pretending to Be Streaming Services      





Have you received a robocall from someone claiming to be from a streaming company, car insurance, or other place? The FCC has upgraded these repeat offenders to its C-CIST level of misconduct. This new C-CIST level for robo callers will give the FCC more power to readily detect and block them from future messages.

“No matter where they originally come from, junk robocalls designed to defraud or harm consumers need to end. We continue to look for new ways to fight these illegal scams,” said FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. “When we identify repeat offenders, we will be sure to keep using every tool we have to stop this junk from reaching consumers and causing them harm.”

“As our investigative targets use more and more sophisticated and clandestine means such as generative AI voice-cloning technology and ‘spoofing’ to obtain sensitive data and defraud consumers, the C-CIST classification tool will allow us to better coordinate with our state, federal, and global regulatory and law enforcement partners to take on these bad actors,” said Loyaan A. Egal, Chief of the Enforcement Bureau and Chair of the Privacy and Data Protection Task Force, before elaborating, “the C-CIST designation of Royal Tiger, and similar future designations, will assist industry stakeholders in better protecting their customers and their privacy.”

“We can’t keep playing whack-a-mole to shut down bad actors who keep creating new companies so they can spam us with robocalls. I’m grateful to the FCC for being a close partner in our efforts to put a stop to these nuisance calls,” said North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, the founder of the state attorneys general Anti-Robocall Multistate Litigation Task Force.

Over the last few years, the FCC has gone after robo callers but this new system will let them more quickly block and prevent them from continuing to operate. This is one more move the FCC is making to stop spammers.

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