There's Nothing Stopping Robocalls During the Government Shutdown

Maybe don't pick up the phone.

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If you get a call from a number you don’t recognize this month, it’s probably best just not to answer. That's good advice anytime, but especially during the ongoing government shutdown. Thanks to the lack of funding, watchdog groups are shut down and no one is enforcing the rules that keep robocalls and telemarketers at bay, even if only barely.

, the shutdown has left Americans who want fewer phone calls—which is all of us, really—with no recourse. Say you get a call from a telemarketer and you never want to hear from that number again. Normally, you could put your number on the . But not now. The website currently reads, “Due to the government shutdown, we are unable to offer this website service at this time.”

Or let's say you or someone you know has been the targeted by a phone scam (considering that an estimated half of all calls in the U.S. are placed by scammers, it's probably true). You might like to report that scam call to the FCC. Well too bad, because to take your complaint.

The situation is pretty bad if you’re a third-party app developer, too. Typically these developers can block shady numbers using a weekly list released by the FCC, but that list isn’t released during the shutdown. Developers must fend for themselves if they want to protect their users.

The predictable result is that robocalls and telemarketing calls have exploded during the shutdown, and there’s no one really trying to stop them. Maybe just turn off your phone until this D.C. drama finally settles.

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