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New FCC rules require cell phone carriers to block scam texts


WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTAJ) — New rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) now require cell phone carriers to block text messages from illegitimate phone numbers.

The regulations that went into effect Monday, March 20 are meant to target rising scam robotexts that are sent to consumers.

Carriers are now required to block texts claiming to be from numbers on a Do Not Call list. This also includes invalid, unallocated, or unused numbers. Providers are also required to maintain a point of contact to report erroneously blocked texts.


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