Recently, we’ve seen a surge of action taken by the Federal Trade Commission against those who violate the Do Not Call List. In fact, as recently as last month, the FTC announced that those who had been called by “Heather” or “Rachel” from “Card Services,” regarding lower credit card interest rates, would be receiving a refund as they were defrauded.
Continuing their efforts, the Federal Trade Commission held a meeting on October 18th regarding robocalls. One of the results of this meeting was that the FTC issued what they are calling the Robocall Challenge. The challenge is to find a way to stop robocalls which are the illegal use of automated messages for telemarketing, primarily used to perpetrate fraud.
The reward is $50,000 and recognition by FTC. Here is the FTC announcement from their blog as well as their site for the challenge. The cash reward is only for groups of 10 people or less but any group that finds a way to stop robocalls will receive recognition as a hero by the FTC.