AG: Number of robocalls going down

(WISH Photo, file)
(WISH Photo, file)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indiana’s Attorney General says the number of unwanted robocalls is trending downward.

Greg Zoeller announced on Friday that new complaint data reveals the number of robocalls placed to Indiana residents continues to drop.

Robocalls can be calls that have an automated voice on the other end, asking people to press “1” for a service they don’t need or want.

According to a release, two years ago Zoeller’s office received about 1,000 robocall complaints per month—that number is now down to 550.

In April, Zoeller and Missouri’s Attorney General Chris Koster held the first-ever national “No-Call Law Enforcement Summit,” which helped state and federal agencies identify the best ways to stop unwanted calls and prosecute violators.

Zoeller was a supporter of a resolution that was passed by Indiana state legislators this year. It called on the FCC to more aggressively regulate telemarketing calls and robocalls that violate Indiana residents’ phone privacy.

In 2013, the AG’s office received more than 14,000 Do Not Call complaints—more that 50 percent of those involved robocalls. Zoeller’s office also said, since January, it has received about 4,000 complaints from people who got calls from a live operator, or pre-recorded message.

In Indiana, most robocalls are illegal. The next quarterly deadline to help reduce annoying sales calls and text messages is Tuesday, May 20. For more information click here or call 1-888-834-9969.

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