December 13, 2022

AG Fitch Supports Efforts to Block Illegal Robotext Messages

Morgan Howard

Man on cell phone. Photo by Jonas Leupe on Unsplash

On Friday, December 9, Attorney General Lynn Fitch and a bipartisan coalition of 51 state Attorneys General filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in support of efforts to mandate network-level blocking of illegal robotexts.

“Illegal robotexts present all the same problems as illegal robocalls, as intrusions into your privacy and vehicles for fraud and identity theft,” said Attorney General Lynn Fitch. “But they also pose additional dangers, including links that can give scammers direct access to personal data on your phone. We must take a strong and concerted stand to stop illegal texts before they reach consumers and put them at risk.”

The FCC estimates that in 2020, scammers stole more than $86 million through spam texting fraud, with the average consumer losing $800.

In response, the FCC is proposing to require mobile wireless providers to block illegal text messages at the network level when the texts come from invalid, unallocated, or unused numbers, or from numbers that are on a Do-Not-Originate list. These efforts mirror efforts already taken to curtail illegal robocalls.

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