FCC and FTC Hosts Consumer Protection Expo
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently held a consumer protection expo “aimed at furthering the fight against illegal robocalls and caller ID spoofing.” The expo showcased two events: a joint policy forum and an event to showcase new technologies to “eliminate or minimize the illegal robocalls consumers receive.”
Both the FCC and FTC exist to protect consumers from illegal business practices and deception. The introduction of robocalls and caller ID spoofing have put millions of Americans at risk of falling for scams. These scams often put people in compromising financial positions and can have devastating consequences.
The joint consumer protection expo is a step towards progress. The exhibition allowed these two government entities to show the public that they are aware of these scams, and are committed to preventing them from happening.
Robocalls and caller ID spoofing are not only irritating but can become dangerous too. A robocall is an automated phone call made with autodialing technology. The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) forbids these types of calls unless they have a person’s written consent.
Some robocalls to your phone may be legitimate, but scammers are using this technology to trick you out of your money. Robocalls do not just have to be from large corporations. Individuals can also be guilty of scamming innocent consumers through fraudulent robocalls.
Telemarketing schemes such as these cost consumers millions of dollars per year. According to YouMail, over 4 billion robocalls were made throughout the U.S. in August alone. When an unsuspecting person receives a robocall asking them for money, they can quickly become the victim of a scam.
Though the FTC and FCC are taking steps to reduce the number of fraudulent robocalls in America, scammers will continue to take advantage of consumers. Robocalls that are made without your consent are illegal, and offenders should be held accountable.
If you or someone you know has experienced a TCPA violation, contact The Law Offices of Jibrael S. Hindi today. We can help you fight illegal robocalls and work to award you financial compensation. There is a change that you can receive between $500 and $1,000 per TCPA violation. Talk to our TCPA lawyers today to stop harassment and obtain justice. Call us at 1-844-JIBRAEL for a free legal consultation. Remember, we don’t get paid until you do.