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Attorney general working to expose illegal robocallers

Posted at 2:06 PM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 17:06:00-04

Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford and the State Attorneys General Robocall Working Group wrote a comment letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding illegal robocalls.

In the letter, AG Ford encouraged the FCC to facilitate continued collaboration among state attorneys general and telecommunications companies to coordinate tracing back illegal robocalls to their source.

In their comments, the states note that traceback investigations are necessary for law enforcement to more efficiently identify and investigate illegal robocallers and expose voice service providers that assist and facilitate those callers.

Traceback investigations are more urgent than ever because of coronavirus-related robocall scams, including scams related to coronavirus relief checks, pitches for coronavirus test kits, health plans offering coronavirus testing, work-from-home offers preying on job-seekers, and scams offering relief on utility bills, student loans, taxes or other debt.

Since 2018, Nevada has been a member of a coalition of states working with the telecom industry to attack the scourge of robocalls in a comprehensive way by implementing common-sense business practices to minimize illegal robocalls and trace these calls back to their source.

A copy of the comments is available here.