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For those of us in America, we can do something about these annoying calls ~ Letter was sent to an online contact and forwarded to me ~
On Wednesday, September 17, 2014 9:25 AM, Consumer Reports Advocacy <Consumer_Reports@email.consumerreports.org> wrote:

spacer.gif Dear Ferdinand,

Robocalls are hard to stop. Despite the Do Not Call registry, the robocalls keep coming because they are cheap to set up and easy to disconnect once the spotlight hits.

Many of the companies behind the most annoying robocalls are little more than scam operations. They hide behind spoofed caller ID numbers, and do their best to get you to provide personal information. The scams will continue as long as cheap robocalls can easily connect scammers to potential victims.

That's why it is time for the phone companies to step up and block the unwanted robocalls.

Tell the major phone companies to adopt robocall blocking technologies and stop the scams!

The now famous "Rachel from cardholder services" connected victims to a company that promised to lower credit card interest rates, collected a steep fee, and then provided little or no service according to court filings. Other scammers spoof the IRS or claim to be collecting debts you don't owe.

There are so many scams, the government can't keep up. Despite recent FTC actions costing robocallers millions, the calls continue.

But technologies to block many robocalls already exist. The phone companies have been slow to adopt them, claiming they may not block everything or could inadvertently block a legitimate call. Yet these technologies are already in use in Canada.

Tell the phone companies to stop making excuses and take the lead — stop the robocalls!

Help us stop the robocalls with a quick message yourself. After you've taken action, forward this message to anyone else you know who might want to help! The phone companies need to hear our message — loud and clear!

Sincerely,
Chris Meyer,
Vice President, External Affairs
Consumer Reports
101 Truman Ave
Yonkers, NY 10703-1057

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