Texas Targeting Robocalls and Scammers After Joining Task Force

Larry Lease

The Texas AG Office has joined a nationwide task force targeting scammers and robocalls.Berkeley Communications/Unsplash

The Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that Texas has joined a nationwide Anti-Robocall Litigation Task Force. The entire country has joined this task force. NBC DFW reports that more than 33 million scam robocalls are made each day. $29.8 million was stolen through scam calls last year, this came through fake Social Security calls, Amazon scams, and more.

The task force is focused on reducing the number of illegal robocalls Texans receive. The task force has already issued 20 civil investigative demands to 20 gateway providers. The majority of scam robocalls have originated overseas. According to Athens Review, Attorney General Ken Paxton, "robocalls have become a nationwide problem and I'm proud to join the country's other attorneys general to put a stop to these calls."

According to NBC DFW, the task force is working to shut down the providers that profit from this illegal traffic and refuse to take necessary steps to prevent these scams. For those who abide by the rules, the task force will offer them incentives.

AG Ken Paxton is warning Texans to be suspicious of callers who ask for payment in the form of gift cards, wire transfers, or cryptocurrency. The Internal Revenue Service does not accept iTunes gift cards as payment. NBC 5 says you have to look out for prerecorded calls from people claiming to be from government agencies. The Social Security Administration does not make phone calls to individuals. NBC 5 says Texans can report scams by going to the Texas Attorney General's website.

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