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New Robocall Rules Let FCC Crackdown on Texts and Overseas Callers

After an alarming 35000 cases of complaints about robocall circumstances were reported within only six months in the United States, it appears that cybercrime is on the rise. For several years now, Americans have been recipient of fraudulent robocall cases. The origin of these robocall cases has not been only within the United States, but also from foreign countries. People have been conned over the phone through these robocall cases and even texts. The situation presents a new level of cybercrime.

It is now apparent to everyone that as technology advances day in day out so does the wittiness of cybercriminals, including robocalls. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been in the spotlight for failing to at least do something about robocall scams from outside the country. To the populace, it appeared as if FCC group was playing the politics of ostrich with robocall issues; burying their head in the sand and assume the danger has gone away. But as an assurance, the FCC has finally come clear on subject of robocall cases.

New FCC Regulations On Robocall Cases

Currently, a set of new rules is in place. These rules are aimed at expanding the jurisdiction of the FCC on these matters of robocall cases. Since it is technically impossible for the FCC to come up with a robocall blocker, it would be much easier if the commission is let loose to handle the robocall perpetrators.

In a move that practically would not wholly lock down threat of robocall cases, the FCC took to the ballot a motion that can finally wipe panic sweat off your forehead. The motion, in its entirety, bears rules that let commission descent on robocalls from overseas and even from online sites & information found at wikipedia. Previously, the robocall offenders were beyond the reach of the FCC, and nowhere in the FCC structure allowed commission to go after such a group. The rules that existed before this move to no small extent barred authority of the commission. Robocall cases came in handy, to the detriment of the American populace, and the result was a grotesque figure seen instead of a functional FCC. After passing of the new rules, we all have a reason to be relieved. The new rules shut up gaping holes that existed in the previous regulations, and now the FCC can go after whoever makes a robocall to an American.

Multidirectional Combat Approach

According to FCC group, the move to combat illegal robocall cases should include a sophisticated multidirectional approach to curb robocall menace that has taken a toll on the telecommunication industry. The FCC regulations that are now in place are part of that multidirectional approach to robocall situations. The commission had noted, with keen interest, that a number of the robocall cases from foreign countries come with a fake caller ID. It necessitated needs to have a robocall blocker in the system.

A robocall blocker would be able to identify a phony caller ID and block the call. This move would be great but ineffective if vested on the FCC. So the mandate was handed over to the phone manufacturers and phone service providers to see to it that it is put into effect. In June, that motion carried the day on the FCC timetable.

Previous Milestones

The crackdown by FCC not only targets the illegal robocall cases from abroad. It has its missiles also aimed at fraudulent text messages sent to local phone users. Initially, the Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009 was the one governing this particular show. In it, mandate and jurisdiction to note and act any misleading call to domestic users were given the green light. It was not until last year that the Ray Baum’s Act broadened the spectrum and scope of the defrauders to go after.

The intent of Ray Baum’s Act targeted international robocall cases and text messages to local customers. This aspect had been overlooked in the Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009. But as they say, it is always better late than never. Now, full jurisdiction on text messages and international spoofing robocall cases cannot escape glare of FCC. And every robocall perpetrator will be singled out, from whatever corner of the earth they sit.

Caller ID Spoofing

Caller ID spoofing has been manifesting in several ways, according to the FCC. In a report by commission that is now wrestling robocall charlatans, people who reported to have had received fake, fraudulent calls reported no unquestionable call numbers.  A spoofy call can appear like an incoming local call. It is likely to be unquestionable to targeted person. Many people think that it is a neighbor calling or a friend. The voice of the caller is what is likely to put distinction. But yet, given that people sound a little bit different over the phone, many people end up being conned through robocall before they know what is happening.

Other spoofy calls mimic well-known companies’ names and numbers. Now, this is where calamity strikes. Since these numbers present as well as trusted enterprises, the recipient usually has little doubt about them, if any. They then get tricked easily.

A few instances have seen the numbers present in the form of government agencies. All these forms have one intend behind them, and that is to contact the recipient. People are robbed of money and even sometimes tricked into giving sensitive private information. Little was doable previously. Now the FCC call centre leeds can fast-track the robocall criminals to whatever hole they hide and have them brought forth.

Conclusion

The rise of cybercrime has been on the rise in recent times. Manifesting in a myriad of forms, the latest to catch the eye has been the robocall. Fraudulent text messaging has been there for quite a while now. Measures to fight fraudsters venturing through robocall cases and spoofing caller IDs had been non-existent until recent times. The FCC had been under directives that limit its powers to within the United States only.

From the Truth in the Caller ID of 2009 to the Ray Baum’s Act of last year, measures have been advancing towards full protection of Americans. And finally, we are there. All robocalls can now be traced and therefore charged.

Are you now able to answer the question of, “What is a robocall?” Do you think the new rules will help block robocall cases? How effective is FCC certification in this regard? Let us know in the comments.

Author Bio:

Thomas Glare is a renowned advocate against the quickly-rising trend of cybercrime and a lack of justice for affected individuals. Being well-equipped in the area of robocall fraud, Thomas aims at educating unsuspecting members of the global community on how to evade this despicable new type of cybercrime.

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