Attorney General Gentner Drummond warned Oklahoma residents today about the pitfalls of illegal robocalls as part of National Consumer Protection Week.
The week, which ran March 5-11 this year, is designated for helping people understand their consumer rights and avoid frauds and scams.
“Fraudulent robocalls that are enabled by a variety of voice service providers steal billions of dollars from hardworking Americans each year,” Drummond said. “I am committed to fighting against this illegal and predatory practice to protect the rights of Oklahomans.”
More than 33 million scam robocalls are made to Americans every day, according to the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) and Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC).
These illegal calls often scare senior citizens into believing they need to pay thousands of dollars to maintain access to their Social Security or other government benefits or trick call recipients into believing they need to pay money to Amazon, Apple and other retailers.
Matt Willoughby, Oklahoma assistant attorney general for the consumer protection unit, said call recipients can help protect themselves from fraud by listening for common warning signs and signing up for the Do Not Call Registry.
Willoughby said individuals should:
Oklahoma is part of the national Anti-Robocall Task Force created last year to investigate and pursue legal action against those who make fraudulent telemarketing calls or enable scammers to make them.
The task force currently is investigating more than 20 providers for illegal robocall traffic.
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