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The Telecom Digest for Thu, 19 Aug 2021
Volume 40 : Issue 231 : "text" format

table of contents
Smishing (aka SMS Phishing) Warning From The FTC!
No TCPA Exception For Job Robocalls
Re: PIN Code to Reach

Message-ID: <20210818001850.GA21797@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2021 00:18:50 +0000 From: Moderator <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Smishing (aka SMS Phishing) Warning From The FTC! by Peter Vogel DataBreachToday.com reported about the Federal Trade Commission's blog entitled "Phishing scheme targets unemployment insurance benefits and PII" that "Identity thieves are targeting millions of people nationwide with scam phishing texts aimed at stealing personal information, unemployment benefits, or both." https://www.mondaq.com/unitedstates/security/1101708/smishing-aka-sms-phishing-warning-from-the-ftc?email_access=on -- Bill Horne Telecom Digest Moderator
Message-ID: <20210817235113.C2FE27FF@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 23:51:13 +0000 (UTC) From: Moderator <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.telecom-digest.org> Subject: No TCPA Exception For Job Robocalls by David O. Klein The Telephone Consumer Protection Act ("TCPA") prohibits the use of an autodialer or prerecorded voice when placing certain calls to consumers' cellphones without their prior express consent. Recently, the Ninth Circuit clarified that the TCPA prohibits companies from placing all such non-emergency calls to consumers' cellphones, without prior express consent, and not just those placed for advertising or telemarketing reasons. In a case captioned Loyhayem v. Fraser Financial and Insurance Services, the Court held that the TCPA's ban on using an autodialer or prerecorded voice applies to job robocalls as much as it does to sales calls. https://www.mondaq.com/unitedstates/dodd-frank-consumer-protection-act/1101860/no-tcpa-exception-for-job-robocalls?email_access=on
Message-ID: <sfjisd$vs4$1@dont-email.me> Date: 18 Aug 2021 14:17:49 -0400 From: "Michael Trew" <michael.trew@att.net> Subject: Re: PIN Code to Reach On 8/14/2021 4:38 PM, Fred Atkinson wrote: > Folks, > > Some years ago, I had a friend [who is now departed] living in > Bishopville, South Carolina. He had a feature added to his phone service that > required the caller to enter a four digit PIN in order to get through to his > phone after you dialed his phone number. I knew the PIN so I could call him > when I needed to. But it shut down the telemarketers pretty quickly. (Moderator snip) > I do not what the name of this service would be. So, I can't tell > my cousin what to ask for if he calls her phone company to see if it could be > added to her service. > > She lives near Atlanta, Georgia. She is on a POTS line. > > Can any of you help me by providing me with the name of this > service? Is AT&T the incumbent telco for Atlanta, GA? Have you tried calling AT&T customer service? If they can't help you, call the "retention team"; they are more experience in handling these matters.

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