Targeting Robocalls, N.H. Builds Upon Effort to Oppose Unwanted Phone Calls

Dec 6, 2018

A group of 40 states attorney general are collaborating to block or reduce illegal and nuisance robocalls.
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A campaign targeting robocalls — one formed after New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald raised a stink a year ago about unwanted or illegal, computerized calls — is receiving greater support from law enforcement leaders nationwide.

A group of 40 state attorneys general have joined the coalition, MacDonald announced Thursday.

They are working with major telecommunication companies to identify technology to detect and thwart illegal calls. Misleading so-called "neighbor spoofing" calls are a big concern.

The coalition was formed in December 2017.  Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont are among the states.

New Hampshire was one of the states submitting comments to the Federal Communications Commission to encourage new rules authorizing voice service providers to block more illegally spoofed phone calls.