Paxton petitions FCC to better protect consumers from illegal spam texts

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is now part of a multistate comment letter to the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) to prevent consumers from receiving unwanted, illegal spam text messages.

The letter comes in support of the FCC’s proposed rule to require mobile wireless providers to block illegal text messages at the network level when the messages appear to be from invalid, unallocated, or unused numbers, and numbers on a Do-Not-Originate list. 

Attorney General Paxton says in a release the proposal builds upon the FCC’s prior work to stop illegal and unwanted robocalls and proposes a similar network-blocking mandate for robotexts. 

The letter states: “State AGs support the FCC’s mandatory blocking requirement as a common-sense measure to protect consumers from scams perpetrated through illegal text messages. State AGs previously supported a similar blocking requirement in the context of voice calls. This was one of the first of many call-blocking measures instituted by the Commission, and it is our hope that the Commission will consider adapting and integrating other similarly successful blocking and mitigation mandates for players in the robotext ecosystem in the near future.”

The proposed rule comes as scammers are increasingly using text messaging schemes to try to take advantage of consumers. In 2021, the FCC received more than 15,000 consumer complaints about unwanted texts and, in 2020, scammers stole more than $86 million through frauds perpetrated via scam text messages.

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