How to Fight Back Against Robocalls

FCC, state leaders partner to protect consumers

Andy Spears
3 min readApr 18, 2022
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The use of auto dialers and so-called “robo-calls” can be one of the most annoying parts of owning a phone. That is, telemarketers, debt collectors, and even scammers use robotic/computerized services to generate phone calls to potential consumers. You don’t know who is calling or why — until you answer. Often, these callers simply won’t stop.

Of course, there are consumer protection laws, including the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) that can help you fight back.

The consumer protection attorneys at Finn Law Group also offer some tips on how to stop those annoying calls.

Robocalls: FCC and States Partner (

Robocalls are not only a nuisance, they can also be very costly. Consumers report an average loss of around $500 per fraudulent robocall scam and that number could rise dramatically. As a result, the FCC has stepped up its enforcement actions along with its new state partners. With this alignment, there is now a clear regulatory message being sent.

Finn Law notes:

1. Don’t answer calls from unfamiliar numbers.

2. If you answer and the caller (often a recording) asks for your personal information…



Andy Spears

Writer and policy advocate living in Nashville, TN —Public Policy Ph.D. — writes on education policy, consumer affairs, and more . . .