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May 6, 2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL RAOUL URGES FCC TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST ROBOCALLS, CALLER ID SPOOFING

Chicago — Attorney General Kwame Raoul, along with a coalition of 42 attorneys general, today called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take further action to stop the growing proliferation of illegal robocalls and spoofing.

In comments submitted today, Raoul and the coalition urged the FCC to adopt its proposed rules on enforcement against caller ID spoofing on calls to the United States originating from overseas, while also addressing spoofing in text messaging and alternative voice services. These provisions are included in the FCC appropriations authorization bill also known as the RAY BAUM’S Act of 2018.

“I am committed to protecting the rights of Illinois consumers, and that includes protecting against illegal robocalls and spoofing,” Raoul said. “Robocalls cost consumers time and money as well as violate their privacy. I am calling on the FCC to take further action to stop this illegal and intrusive practice.”

The number of spoofed calls and the consumer financial losses tied to these scams have increased by nearly 50 percent in recent years. Americans received almost 18 billion scam robocalls in 2018 and that overall, robocalls increased in the U.S. by 57 percent from 2017 to 2018. The FCC reports that imposter scams have reportedly cost consumers $488 million just in 2018.

Joining Raoul in submitting the comments are the attorneys general of Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia.

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