The Federal Trade Commission, like most rational human beings, is not a fan of robocalls. Those unsolicited prerecorded telemarketer calls are just about the worst, and the FTC knows it. Unfortunately, they haven’t really been able to curb the constant flow of dinner-interrupting calls. They’re now going to offer a $50,000 bounty to the person or team that can stop them.
“The FTC is attacking illegal robocalls on all fronts, and one of the things that we can do as a government agency is to tap into the genius and technical expertise among the public,” David Vladeck, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement. “We think this will be an effective approach in the case of robocalls because the winner of our challenge will become a national hero.”
The challenge opens over at the aptly-named Challenge.gov on October 25th. As a warning, chances are that they won’t accept “never answering the phone” as a solution.
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