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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has joined 42 attorneys general in urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take further action to stop illegal robocalls and spoofing.

The coalition is urging the FCC to adopt its proposed rules on enforcement against caller ID spoofing on calls to the United States originating from overseas, the release said, while also addressing spoofing in text messaging and alternative voice services. 

“Scam calls hurt consumers, hurt business and this annoyance must come to an end,” Morrisey said. “Our office works vigorously to warn consumers and we’re meeting with phone companies to spur the quicker deployment of scam-blocking technology, still yet, we need FCC’s support as ultimate victory is not easy as current technology allows scammers work around efforts to block their annoying calls.”

Morrisey recently met with several phone companies in an effort to gain their commitment to expedite the deployment of scam-blocking technology, the release said, which would empower consumers to take matters into their own hands and dramatically reduce the number of annoying calls.

The number of spoofed calls and the consumer financial losses tied to these scams have increased by nearly 50 percent in recent years. Americans received almost 18 billion scam robocalls in 2018 and overall robocalls increased in the U.S. by 57 percent from 2017 to 2018.

The release said the FCC relates that imposter scams have reportedly cost consumers $488 million just in 2018. 

— Wendy Holdren

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