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FCC, FTC order call gateway providers to cut off scam robocallers

May 21, 2020


The Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission gave three gateway companies 48 hours to cut off robocalls peddling COVID-19-related scams, or else the FCC will authorize U.S. telecom companies not to accept calls which originate from those gateway providers.

The calls include a scam in which the call claims to be from the Social Security Administration and tells the recipient that their Social Security account is being suspended; calls shilling a fake COVID-19-related “refund”; and fraudulent offers to reduce people’s payments on mortgages, student loans or other bills. All of the calls originate overseas.

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