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Robocall scammers have taken their schemes to another level. They are now using your mom, co-worker, or even a local neighbor’s phone number to reel victims into their new spoofing campaign. However, the FCC had had enough and put their foot down by proposing a $37.5 million fine against the Arizona-based company that allegedly made…

Last Friday, the United States Department of Justice announced that “21 members of a massive India-based fraud and money laundering conspiracy that defrauded thousands of U.S. residents of hundreds of millions of dollars were sentenced this week o terms of imprisonment up to 20 years.” Targeting immigrants and the elderly, the scam artists used the…

To help kick-off the FCC and FTC’s joint forum on “Fighting the Scourge of Illegal Robocalls” in Washington D.C. this morning, CBS This Morning chatted with Hiya CEO Alex Algard about the rise in unwanted robocalls. Algard will be joining an FCC panel on Solutions and Tools for Consumers at today’s forum. “Consumers received more than…

We spoke to CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor about how our data shows that robocalls made to consumers reached an all time high in 2017, growing 76% to 18 billion. Gone are the days where the “Do Not Call Registry” was guaranteed to protect you from annoying telemarketers, but lucky for Hiya users, this…

For those who were targeted by scammers posing as lawyers and falsely threatening to sue or arrest them for failing to pay their so-called debts, justice has been served! The Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement against three defendants and have banned them from the debt collection business. “The settlement resolves an FTC complaint filed…

At today’s FCC November Open Commission Meeting, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and fellow FCC commissioners voted in favor of “advanced methods to target and eliminate unlawful robocalls.” Considering rules proposed by the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, the commission approved the following: • To authorize phone companies to block robocalls that appear to be from…

Today, Hiya announced that they received $18 million in a series A funding round to “pursue its business of helping carriers defend their customers from robocalls and other unwanted come-ons,” reports Fierce Wireless. “Both wireless and wireline operators in the United States have faced increased pressure from federal regulators to help their customers avoid spam…

After spinning out of Whitepages a year ago, Hiya announced today their first round of funding to help grow their business globally. They received  “a series A of $18 million led by Balderton with particiaption also from Nautilus Venture Partners and Lumia Capital.” “Making a phone call is the oldest and possibly most neglected feature…