Fighting the robocall epidemic

(WZAW) -- Those pesky robocalls are at best annoying disturbances and at worst costly financial scams. And they're getting worse.

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In an age when cellphones have become extensions of our bodies, robocallers now follow people wherever they go, disrupting business meetings, church services and bedtime stories with their children. Though automated calls have long plagued consumers, the volume has skyrocketed in recent years, with billions of robocalls being made each and every month.

The founder of Nomorobo, Aaron Foss, joined the Deep Bench on NewsChannel 7 at 4 on Monday.

"According to our data, over 43% of all calls in the United States are these illegal, unwanted robocalls," Foss said.

Foss said the most common robocalls involve fake calls from the IRS, Social Security Administration and various well-known health insurance companies.

He added that while federal lawmakers and law enforcement authorities have adopted measures to curb the tide, robocalls have proven to be a difficult problem to solve.

"A few senators have relased new bills to give the carriers more flexability in stopping the calls. One of them has a penalty of $10,000 per robocall. So we're excited to see that's happening, but overall these laws are still in the books and the calls still come," Foss said.

Nomorobo, as in “no more robo-calls,” is a monthly subscription service that blocks automated scam or telemarketing phone calls. Winner of the FTC Robocall Challenge, Nomorobo is proving to be a tremendous resource in eliminating robocalls, blocking over a billion calls as of today.

The service is free on landlines or you can download the app to your mobile device for $2 per month.

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