The United States Federal Communications Commission has recommended adopting a new law that would help prevent one-ring call scams…
Robocalls — whether spam, solicitations, or scams, aren’t going away any time soon. The number of robocalls hit an all-time high in 2019, totaling 58.5 billion. This figure represents a 22 percent increase from the year prior in 2018, and a whopping 92 percent increase compared to 2017. But, one type of fraud-running call might soon be a lot less common — the one-ring call scam.
Proposed FCC Rule Fights One-Ring Call Scams
The Federal Communications Commission or FCC, has proposed a new measure to help put an end (or at least curb) one-ring scam calls. For those unfamiliar, these are named for their practice of letting the phone ring just one time, which entices the recipient to phone back and by doing so, incurring per-minute connection fees.
The proposed FCC rule would be a part of the recently passed TRACED Act or Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act, which is designed to help prevent robocalls.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai writes in a recent statement:
“One-ring scams are annoying and pernicious, waking up many Americans with confusing calls in the middle of the night and tricking them out of their money if they call back. With this effort, this agency shows it’s serious about aggressively combating this scam.”