FCC Proposes Anti-Text Scam Policy

It would require phone providers to block “highly likely” illegal texts

The Chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Jessica Rosenworcel proposed new rules to combat text message scams in the U.S. Chair Rosenworcel stated that her proposal would require phone providers to block text messages from a do-not-originate list. This list, compiled by both phone providers and the FCC, would include unused, invalid, and unallocated numbers since messages from those numbers “are highly likely to be illegal.”

“Missing packages that don’t exist; confirmation of payments that didn’t happen; links to shady websites; and truncated ‘wrong number’ messages from strangers. These scam robotexts are a part of everyday life for too many of us,” Chairwoman Rosenworcel said. “I’m asking my colleagues to join me in adopting the first FCC rules to focus on shutting down scam texts. But we’re not stopping here. Because we are going to keep at it and develop more ways to take on this growing consumer threat.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Chair Rosenworcel as she seeks to prevent robotext scams from defrauding American consumers.
  • For wisdom for members of the FCC as they deliberate the proposed rules for text messages and mobile providers.

Sources: Federal Communications Commission, Engadget


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