Takeaways from Tallahassee — Cracking down on ‘crankers’

Cracking down on ‘crankers’

The era of spoofed numbers, phony texts and scam charity calls may finally be coming to a close.

Attorney General Ashley Moody has joined a coalition of 51 attorneys general looking to crack down on the crankers with the help of some leading telecom companies.

Cracking on crankers: Ashley Moody is joining a coalition of Attorneys General to crack down on crank callers, enlisting the help of some leading telecom companies.

The AGs are asking wireless providers to offer free call blocking, monitor network traffic, investigate suspicious calls, require traceback cooperation and, most importantly, to tell state attorneys general about recognized scams and trends in illegal robocalling.

So far AT&T, Bandwidth, CenturyLink, Charter, Comcast, Consolidated, Frontier, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon and Windstream have agreed to pitch in on the robocall eradication effort.

“Scammers are using spoofing and cutting-edge software to make millions of illegal robocalls every day. Through these new principles, the nation’s largest voice service providers are fighting back using their own advanced technology,” she said.

“Not only will these new efforts help consumers block unwanted calls, [but] they will

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