FCC proposes new rules to crack down on scam robotexts

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed new rules to combat the increasing problem of scam robotexts. Robotexts are automated text messages that are sent to consumers without their permission and are often used to trick people into giving out personal information or money. Scammers often use these messages to pose as legitimate businesses or government agencies, which can make it difficult for consumers to tell the difference between a scam and a real message.

The FCC’s proposed rules aim to reduce the number of scam robotexts by requiring wireless carriers to implement technology that can authenticate the source of a text message. This would make it easier to identify and block scam messages before they reach consumers’ phones. The proposed rules would also require wireless carriers to provide customers with free tools to block unwanted messages, as well as to provide clear and prominent information about how to report scam messages.

The proposal would also make it illegal for companies to use fake phone numbers or to send messages without a way for consumers to opt out. The FCC is also seeking to establish a database of phone numbers used for scam messages, which could help carriers and law enforcement identify and prosecute scammers.

If the proposal is approved, it would be a significant step in the fight against scam robotexts. However, some experts warn that scammers are always finding new ways to evade detection and that the proposed rules may not be enough to completely eliminate the problem. Consumers should still be vigilant and avoid responding to messages from unknown senders or providing personal information over text message.