About the Zapping Rachel Contest
- PSA (mp3)
- Twitter Chat (July 31, 2014, 9 p.m. EDT)
- Blog: Use your expertise to help vanquish robocallers
- Blog: Robocallers, beware: The FTC is going to DEF CON!
- FTC Publishes Official Rules for Zapping Rachel Robocall Contest
- FTC Launches Contest at DEF CON 22 to Help Track Down Perpetrators of Illegal Robocalls
- FTC Announces Winners of “Zapping Rachel” Robocall Contest
- Videos and Materials from the FTC Robocall Summit. In October 2012, the FTC hosted a one-day public event that explored the current state of robocall technology, along with potential technological solutions to the problem of illegal robocalls. The summit included panels on caller-ID spoofing and call authentication technology, data mining and anomaly detection, and call-blocking technology.
- How a Robocall Works
- Robocalls from a Consumer Perspective
- FTC’s Law Enforcement Efforts Against Robocallers
- FTC’s Robocall Action Plan – July 10, 2013 Congressional Testimony
About the Do Not Call Registry
- FY 2013 Data on Do Not Call Registry. The DNC Databook includes statistics on the number of registrants and the number of complaints. The databook also reports these statistics by year, state, and month and complaint type.
About the FTC
The Federal Trade Commission challenges unfair business practices and anticompetitive mergers, shuts down shady operations and deceptive marketing campaigns, and protects consumers’ privacy and their pocketbooks. Pursuant to this mission, the FTC enforces the Telemarketing Sales Rule, which was amended in 2008 to prohibit the delivery of most pre-recorded sales messages to consumers without their express written permission. The commission continues to crack down on illegal robocalls by bringing law enforcement actions, including recent actions against deceptive pitches for extended auto warranties and lower credit card interest rates.