FCC Orders Telecoms To Block Scammers Targeting Student Loan Forgiveness Seekers
Friday December 9, 2022. 10:21 PM , from Slashdot
U.S. telecom providers, under a new FCC order, will have to take 'all necessary steps' to block calls from a shady communication company engaged in a mass robocall scam preying on people seeking student loan forgiveness. From a report: The scammer company, called Urth Access, LLC, would reportedly spam users with calls urging them to forfeit their personal information or pay a fee in order to receive up to around $10,000 in student loan debt relief. Many of the scams reportedly referred to the Biden Administration's student loan forgiveness plan to give the messages a semblance of credibility. Though numerous fraudsters took part in the scam, an investigation conducted by the FCC and its private partner YouMail said Urth Access stood apart as the largest, accounting for around 40% of the robocalls in October.
'Scam robocalls try to pull from the headlines to confuse consumers,' FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said in a statement. 'Trying to take advantage of people who want help paying off their student loans. Today we're cutting these scammers off so they can't use efforts to provide student loan debt relief as cover for fraud.' The new order asks telecommunications companies to cease accepting phone calls coming from Urath Access, or report efforts they are making to limit Urath's reach in an effort to shut down the scams.
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