Today in Evansville, Indiana’s Attorney General, Gregory F. Zoeller, will be hosting the third in a series of round table discussions regarding the issue of robo calls. This meeting will involve discussions in which suggestions will be presented in order to curb these illegal calls.
As readers of this blog are aware, we are shining the light on these calls in an attempt to let our readers know what steps they can take in protecting themselves from being taken by these enticing calls.
The Tri-State BBB is one of those organizations that will be participating in these discussions. Other agencies, including law enforcement will be in attendance to present their ideas as on how to stop these calls. In part, the e-mail from Attorney General Zoeller states:
“When Indiana’s Do Not Call law took effect in 2001, it was the toughest in the nation. That remains true today, but over the past decade technological advances continue to outmaneuver regulators across the country, including the FTC. New technology development has eroded the protections the law once provided to Hoosiers, as enforcement efforts continuously chase the technology that hides rogue telemarketers and those behind robo-calls.
The number of Do Not Call complaints for the first half of 2012 is more than double that of last year. We are seeing an increased number of “spoofed” or faked Caller-ID numbers used in illegal telemarketing calls. This practice presents many challenges to law enforcement. We are in contact with enforcement staff of the FTC and other states who are also trying to find a solution to the problem. The problem is so widespread that the FTC is convening a Robocall Summit in Washington, D.C. in October to bring law enforcement and industry representatives together to discuss potential strategies to combat the telemarketers.
Over the years, several changes to the Do Not Call law have occurred with the support of the Legislature. The reach of the statute’s protections have been expanded to cover mobile cellular phone, and VOIP numbers. However, more must be done and we have an opportune time to begin discussing the issue in time to provide Indiana’s experiences to the FTC this fall during its scheduled summit.”
For more information on “robo calls” and other fraudulent telemarketing calls, you may read our previous posts, and if you’ve been a target of these calls, contact your BBB as wells as the Attorney General’s office, and the Federal Trade Commission. For more information you can trust, visit www.evansville.bbb.org, or call our office at 473-0202 or toll-free at (800) 359-0979.