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STIR/SHAKEN is the industry-developed framework of protocols and operational procedures that assist in the prevention of illegally spoofed calls. STIR/SHAKEN specifications provide a foundation for the real-time authentication of a telephone number. This prevents illegal spoofing and robocalling by flagging any number that cannot be sufficiently verified.

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Approximately 60% of the complaints filed by the FCC each year are due to consumers receiving unwanted calls. While combatting robocalls and spoofing is the FCC’s top consumer protection priority, spam calls are still being made in vast quantities. Here are several helpful tips from consumer protection experts that will help you be protected from robocall scams.

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A Texas-based telemarketing firm faces a record $225 million fine for making spoofed robocalls as part of a health insurance marketing scam. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) alleges that John C. Spiller and Jakob Mears, who used company names including Rising Eagle Capital and JSquared Telecom, made as many as 1 billion robocalls during the first four-and-a-half months of 2019. The $225 million amount was the largest fine in the FCC’s 86-year history.

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It’s not often that a federal law passes in the House of Representatives by an overwhelming majority vote of 417 to 3, and in the Senate by a simple voice vote. The TRACED Act was passed to target robocallers and set a precedent for phone carriers to implement STIR/SHAKEN, along with other robocall reducing measures.

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In response to a request by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Telo is working with Somos and First Orion to support the US government's efforts to address the novel Coronavirus pandemic. When calls originate from specified government-run toll-free hotlines, including the initial phone lines for COVID-19 test results (“Results Center”), they will be identified with name information displayed on the telephone, across hundreds of telephone carriers, increasing the answer rate of important calls by consumers.

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Unidentified numbers showing up on consumer phones are now considered spam -- it’s that simple. No one trusts an unidentified call anymore, and rightfully so. Let’s take a look at some numbers that show how robodialing has become an epidemic in the communications space.

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