The elderly are prime targets for scammers, as they are more likely to be less technologically savvy, more trusting, more easily confused, and sometimes even cognitively impaired. Robocalls, where thousands of numbers can be autodialed at the same time, have become an effective way for scammers to reach a large number of potential targets.
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If you're receiving countless calls from a robocaller, you may be being victimized by a caller that is violating the federal regulations of promotional calls. Please take this quiz to find out if you are being victimized by a robocaller:
In July, a federal judge ruled that political robocalls were protected by the First Amendment and therefore not subject to TCPA regulations. During campaign season, this can cause quite a bit of frustration and irritation as campaigns solicit donations or try to assess candidate support. Particularly if you know who you are voting for, these calls are a tremendous waste of time and can make even the most trusting of people feel anxious when an unknown number pops up on the caller ID.
Like junk mail and junk calls, junk texts are a form of advertising utilized by some companies to garner more customers. At best, junk texts are annoying. At worst, they can be phishing scams designed to trick you into giving away personal information.
The FTC recently issued a challenge to software developers: find a solution to effectively and easily block robocalls and receive a $50,000 prize. The challenge garnered over 800 submissions, but only two made the final cut.
The TCPA prohibits non-emergency calls from autodialers to cellphone numbers unless “prior express consent” is given by the owner of the number.