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Attorney General wants you to speak up and urge the FCC to stop robo calls

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 13, 2015) -- Indiana's Attorney General needs your help stopping robo calls.

Next week, the FCC will finally release a ruling that may stop unwanted robo calls, scam text messages and telemarketers calling at all hours of the day.

One of the proposed rule changes would make it possible for phone carriers to use call-blocking technology to screen robo calls before they reach their customers' landlines. The technology to do this has been around for a while, but the FCC's current rules prevent carriers from offering the service.

Greg Zoeller, Indiana Attorney General, is asking Hoosiers to call or email the FCC to urge them to approve the new rules and protect privacy rights. His office filed more than 13,000 complaints last year, making unwanted calls the number one complaint they have received. Zoeller also encourages everyone to sign up for the Do Not Call List.

Still getting unwanted phone calls? Here are some tips on how to not get scammed:

  • Don’t let a telephone solicitor pressure you to make an immediate decision.
  • Ask for a caller’s contact information and tell them you will call them back. Verify that the number they give you is tied to a legitimate company by doing your own research.
  • Do not wire any money or make payments over the phone unless you have independently verified the caller.
  • Hang up on recorded message calls or “robocalls.” Don’t press any numbers.

For more tips on avoiding telephone scams, visit http://in.gov/attorneygeneral/2538.htm.