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Good news: You now may be at least slightly less likely to get another robocall suggesting you renew the service warranty on your car.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has ordered all U.S.-based voice service providers to stop transmitting robocalls from a group the agency says has made more than 8 billion illegal calls hawking auto warranty renewals since 2018.
Such prolific robocallers made extended vehicle warranty calls the number 1 source of consumer complaints to the FCC in 2021. Americans received 50.5 billion automated calls overall last year, according to YouMail, a company that develops robocall-blocking software.
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The FCC has ordered all voice service providers to immediately terminate illegal traffic originating with the group of eight individuals and associated companies based in California, Texas and international locations.
It’s illegal in most cases for an individual or company to send you a recorded message unless you have given them written permission to contact you in this way, according to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rules. Among the few exceptions are political calls about candidates running for office and charities asking for donations.