FCC and VA to Combat Illegal Robocalls Targeting Veterans
Veterans and Stakeholders,
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) continue to team up to combat
illegal robocalls targeting Americans, including Veterans and
the FCC receives more than 200,000 complaints about unwanted calls.
While this may seem like a big number, it pales in comparison to the
millions of robocalls being made each day. The calls interrupt dinners
and family time; they flood landline and mobile phones. Scam
calls frequently solicit money for fake charities, including ones
claiming to support America’s Veterans - some even claiming
to be VA representatives.
that scam activity increases during the hustle and bustle of the
holiday season, so the FCC and VA urge you to be vigilant. We
offer the following tips to help you
avoid unwanted calls and scams.
Don't answer calls from
unknown numbers. Scammers may spoof their caller ID to display a
fake number that appears to be local. If you answer
such a call, hang up immediately.
Never give out personal
information such as account numbers, Social Security numbers,
mother's maiden names, or passwords in response to unexpected or
Be sure to set a
password for all voice mail accounts to avoid being hacked.
Register your number on
the Do Not Call List to block calls
from legitimate telemarketers.
Ask your phone company
about call-blocking tools and services for your landline phone,
and check for helpful apps that you can download to your mobile
help spread the word about robocall fraud among those
who may need assistance particularly those who are frequently
targeted by phone scams.