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The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to approve a proposed rule that would make it easier for phone companies to crack down on robocalls.
Members include Apple (AAPL, Tech30), Google (GOOGL, Tech30), Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30), Verizon (VZ, Tech30) and AT&T (T, Tech30).
The rule, once finalized, will let the phone companies block robocallers who use fake Caller ID numbers to conceal their actual area codes and identities.
The FCC currently prevents phone companies from proactively blocking calls.
Scammers have also used spoofing to trick people into thinking a call is coming from the IRS, according to the FCC.
FCC issues warning about “Can you hear me?” scam calls
Anyone who believes they are a victim of this phone scam should report the incident to the Better Business Bureau and the FCC.
If you think you’ve received a scam call, make sure to take down the number and file a complaint with the FCC.
If you get this kind of phone call, the FCC says you should immediately hang up.
Based on complaints the agency has taken, it believes scam callers will try to present themselves as representatives of organizations that provide services to make it sound like they’re calling for a legitimate reason.
You can also try to avoid getting the calls by asking your phone service provider if it offers robocall blocking service, or by registering your phone numbers in the National Do Not Call Registry.
referring to Related Coverage Authorities warning of new ‘Can you hear me?’ phone scamCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a consumer alert warning the public of “Can you hear me?” phone scams making the rounds nationwide.
If you believe you are victim of this scam, write down the phone number and file a complaint with the FCC.
We first warned you of this scam in January, but according to the FCC, it’s getting worse.
Additionally, you can sign up for the national Do Not Call Registry with the Federal Trade Commission.
Besides not answering the call, the FCC says you should hang up if you’re asked to push a button.