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FCC passes new rules to ban “spoof” robocalls that use local area codes

The Federal Government has banned scammers from using fake numbers and texts to contact you. The FCC refers to these calls coming from abroad as “spoofing.”

It refers to when scammers use local area codes to disguise their real number in an attempt to entice someone to pick up the phone, increasing the likelihood of a scam.

In a unanimous vote Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission made it illegal for foreign callers to spoof a U.S. number.



“With these changes, the FCC will be able to go after bad actors that spoof and those overseas that prey on consumers in this country,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.

Pai says they hope phone companies will now block more calls and texts and give law enforcement new tools to go after scammers.

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