The legislation is called the Pallone-Thune TRACED Act and it’s designed to shut down illegal robocalls by getting phone carriers to stop robocalls before they ring.
It also gives the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) a few more powers to help stop the annoying spam. The FCC is the US regulator for interstate communications by radio, TV, wire, satellite and cable (fulfilling a similar role to Ofcom in the UK).
This is the big question. There’s some doubt as to whether the FCC will be able to act quickly enough to effectively enforce the law. Previous fines haven’t really affected the spam call industry much – the new, larger fines might not make a difference.
That being said, it’s still a huge step forward and might offer some relief for people who’ve had enough spam calls to last a lifetime.
If you reply to a spam text, it lets the scammers know you exist. They’ll most likely send your number on to other scammers! It’s best to never reply to these texts or interact with them in any way.
This is pretty self-explanatory. Never trust a spam text.
The TPS is a free service that lets you opt out of unsolicited sales or marketing calls. It doesn’t stop texts (and illegitimate callers will probably ignore it anyway), but it’ll trim down the frequency of sales calls you get.
This’ll tell you if your number is publicly available for scammers to scrape. It could be on your social media! Check your privacy settings etc. It’s best to set it to be hidden to the public.
You can do this by forwarding the text to 7726. You won’t be charged.
The ICO is the UK’s independent authority for data privacy. They’re generally responsible for enforcing things like this.