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Alabama joins multistate attorneys general coalition targeting illegal robocalls

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By Marian Johns | Dec 11, 2018

MONTGOMERY — Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall has joined a 39-state coalition working with telecom companies in an effort to examine their most recent technology designed to stop illegal robocalls.

According to Marshall, robocalls are often used by scammers who target individuals for money.

“Robocalls are not simply annoying but have become a persistent harassment that is disrupting the lives of our citizens and can be a means for scammers to steal their hard-earned money and savings,”Marshall said in a statment.  “We are committed to working together to find a constructive way to combat this growing problem.

"Robocalls, as well as spoofing which is often done to make it appear the calls are coming from someone known and reputable, will require technological solutions.  We support the efforts of telecom companies to address this and urge them to reach and implement solutions as soon as possible.”

The coalition has met with some of the major telecom companies to discuss viable options to curtail the unwanted robocalls and illegal telemarketing, the Attorney General's Office said. In addition, Marshall's office said, the coalition is urging the telecom companies to make addressing these calls a priority and have discussed recommendations that could be given to the Federal Communications Commission. 

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