Consumer Watchdog

Good News / Bad News – Robocalls fall but robotexts soar

Recent coverage of our new report, “Ringing in our Fears,”  which finds a year after a new federal law aimed at fighting robocalls, the number of phone companies that have adopted the required technology has quadrupled and the volume of scam robocalls has dropped in half. But spam texts have increased more than tenfold as con artists and identity thieves find alternative ways to steal Americans’ personal information and money.

We’ve focused on scam robocalls for 15 years and can’t believe we haven’t made more progress. The FCC approves new rules, Congress passes new laws, yet we still have more than a billion scam robocalls and 12 times as many robotexts a month. Americans deserve better enforcement and corporations need to take their share of responsibility.

Check out our guide: 18 tips to reduce robocalls and protect yourself from scams

How to file complaints: How to report illegal robocalls, do-not-call violations in all 50 states

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