Anyone else have 15 voicemails about how the FBI is looking into their car’s extended warranty? Juliet said she hasn’t had a car in 7 years, yet that’s her No. 1 spam call.
How about spam texts? The average American got ~42 of those in March.
- In 2020, the FCC saw a 146% increase in text message complaints.
- There are instances of people getting spammed into FaceTime group calls.
- Some are getting spammed by their own phone numbers.
As a result, RoboKiller estimates Americans have been swindled out of $10.1B by spam texts, and $30.3B by calls.
Is anyone… working on this?
Kinda. In 2021, the FCC worked with carriers to implement the STIR/SHAKEN technological framework — literally inspired by James Bond — to enhance caller ID authentication, but to mixed success. More recently, the FCC began focusing on robotexts.
Bonus: Here’s a funny clip about a comedian’s extremely detailed response to a spammer.
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