The True Cost of Robocalls

And how you can fight back

Andy Spears
2 min readJul 6, 2022


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Robocalls are annoying.

Robocalls are everywhere.

Robocalls seemingly can’t be stopped.

While regulators and consumer groups are working to identify and close loopholes that allow entities using robocalls to drive us crazy, those who seek to profit from robocalls always find a way.

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Here’s the deal: More than just a nuisance, robocalls cost Americans billions a year.

These calls are often connected to scams or are part of illegal tactics related to debt collection.

Not only are they annoying, but they are also prohibited in many cases.

The consumer protection attorneys at Finn Law Group offer some insight on how to fight back against robocalls.

Regulators Close Loopholes On Robocalls (

While the true cost of phone fraud to Americans is unknown, most studies show that billions of dollars are lost each year by consumers in the United States, making it a priority for federal authorities to stop.

It’s been made clear that the fight against unlawful robocalls is not just a legal issue, but rather one of “origination.” The Feds are now zeroing in on where the robocallers originate their illicit calls, and they’re shutting down these international fraudsters at the source, in call centers, and in the VoIP networks, scammers use to route their calls.

While regulations may result in a reduction of these calls, here are some quick tips to avoid the risks associated with robocalls:

-Do not take calls from unknown numbers. Legitimate callers will generally leave a message for you.

-Hang up if the robocaller asks “Can you hear me?”

-If you do answer the phone and the caller (often a recording) asks you to hit a button to stop getting calls, just hang up. Scammers often use this tactic to identify potential victims.

  • Do not give out personal information such as your Social Security number, bank account information, or credit card number to anyone who calls you.

You can also add your number to the Do Not Call registry and report unwanted/repeated calls to the FTC.

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Andy Spears

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