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ND, Minn. attorneys general join fight to curb robocalls

BISMARCK -- A bipartisan coalition of attorneys general are calling on the Federal Communications Commission to create new rules to allow telephone service providers to block more illegal robocalls across the country.

The attorneys general from North Dakota and Minnesota have joined peers in more than 30 other states and the District of Columbia in urging the FCC to curb unwanted phone calls.

“Attorneys general have united to continue the fight to protect Americans from these bothersome and illegal robocall scams,” North Dakota’s Wayne Stenehjem said. “As attorney general, I take seriously my role to protect consumers from scams of all kinds. The FCC should create new rules to let telephone service providers block more types of illegal robocalls.”

The formal comment to the FCC explains that scammers using illegal robocalls have found ways to evade a call blocking order entered last year by the FCC following legal action by state attorneys general. Stenehjem said illegal robocalls were the top North Dakota consumer complaint received by his office last year.

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