Scam calls have been a dime a dozen lately, and each time one stops, two more appear to take its place. However, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over in the US is looking to implement a system that could spell the end of illegal automated scam calls originating from overseas. Is it something that Malta can look to, to solve similar issues?
Over in the US, a loophole in FCC regulations is set to be closed, which would then require “gateway providers” to stop these automated calls before getting to the recipient’s phone. The very aptly named proposal called the Targeting Gateway Providers to Combat Illegal Robocalls, was adopted by the FCC earlier this week.
For it to work, however, it will put additional requirements on US-based gateway providers that pass voice traffic to other networks in the US. These gateway providers, which are smaller, low-profile companies that handoff calls from network to network, are often used by foreign scammers to disguise phone calls entering the US. The new FCC requirements would ensure that the gateway providers are verifying calls before they pass them on to other operators in the US.
Of course, to some, these calls are simply annoying, but plenty of people have unfortunately been defrauded. The FCC ordered major voice providers in the US to implement a technology called Stir/Shaken, which is designed to verify any number that pops up on caller ID.
Though this will stop some of the troublesome calls, the problem is that most of these calls originate from foreign countries where it’s practically impossible to enforce American law. While this is related to diplomatic relationships, could Malta stand a better chance of ending these calls once and for all?
It’s an ambitious prospect, but if we’re ever going to truly tackle and end scam calls, ambition and dedication is most certainly required.