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Robots with headphones (done in 3d)

Something like 130 million robcalls are dialed each day, “Wired” magazine reported this April.

With all the laws supposedly on the books, somebody should be keeping a lid on that nuisance, distraction, and unwanted interruption. Robocalls are unwanted!

Who really wants to pull out a phone in a crawl space? In our line of work, not answering a call is like turning out the lights. Having that ring turn out to be a robocall is about as aggravating as it gets.

Scofflaw robocallers have shown pure, unadulterated disdain for the call cops. The reason is fairly obvious, even logical.

Telemarketers were fined a total of $1.5 billion (that’s “billion” – with a “B”) as of April, 2018 (the most recent data) by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for robocalling and Do Not Call violations.

The FTC collected a grand total of $122 million – or 8% — of the fines, as of the same date.

In 2018 alone, more than $200 million in fines were issued for spoofing-related violations (where robocallers disguise their numbers to look like neighbors) by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The FCC has yet to collect a dollar.

If the government wants to strike fear in the heart of robocallers, that is not the expressway.

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