WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 25 state and local agencies on Tuesday unveiled a crackdown on robocalls as a congressional panel approved a bill that would take new steps to reduce the unwanted calls.
The FTC said it was making public 94 actions in “Operation Call it Quits,” targeting individuals, groups and companies responsible for more than a billion calls pitching a variety of products and services, including credit card interest rate reductions, money-making opportunities and medical alert systems.
State and local agencies are also participating in the crackdown, including 15 state attorneys general and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the FTC said in a news release.
A U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Tuesday approved by voice vote a bill to combat robocalls by requiring phone companies to provide consumers with technology that allows them to identify and block unwanted…
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