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Robocall takeover: What you can do to stop those annoying automated calls


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Are you getting more automated calls peddling some sort of a scam? Well, you are not alone.

According to the New York Times, the number of robocalls have skyrocketed in the last few years. Some 3.4 billion scam calls were received by unsuspecting Americans in April -- a bump of more than 9 million from a year before.

And Southern Californians have been the target of a specific robocall scam recently, where a woman speaking Mandarin claiming she’s from the Chinese Consulate tries to get the personal information from the person on the line.

Congress is aware of the explosion of robocalls and lawmakers are considering ways to address the issue. But there are things that consumers can do on their own to curb the problem.


Ali Breland, reporter at The Hill in Washington D.C., covering tech and politics who’s been covering the story; he tweets @alibreland

Margot Saunders, senior counsel at the National Consumer Law Center, a nonprofit that advocates for consumer issues on behalf of low-income people

Maureen Mahoney, policy analyst at Consumers Union, a nonprofit; she works out of the San Francisco office