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The best robo-call ever? Or the freakiest?

A Time magazine staffer got a call from a telemarketer who sounded not quite human. That's when the fun -- and the weirdness -- started.

By Dec. 14, 2013


Hate robocalls? FTC hopes these guys have an answer

Agency awards $50,000 in cash prizes as it turns to the private sector for help eradicating long-running annoyance of the technology era.

By Apr. 2, 2013


FCC cracks down on campaign robocalls to cell phones

Two companies face fines of nearly $5 million for allegedly making millions of artificial voice messages without consumers' prior consent.

By Mar. 17, 2013


FTC offers $50,000 to robocall killers

A menace to business and consumer alike, robocall removal is now under the eye of the Federal Trade Commission.

By Oct. 19, 2012


FTC goes after warranty robocallers

FTC is suing two telemarketing companies and a company peddling car warranty extensions--which the agency says are unnecessary and false--to put a stop to the calls.

By May. 18, 2009


Bart Simpson robocalls for Scientology

The voice of Bart Simpson, Nancy Cartwright, has been robocalling on behalf of the religion/cult using Bart's voice.

By Jan. 28, 2009


CNET News Daily Podcast: Policing political robocalls

These automated calls have been around for a while, but why have they become so ubiquitous--and cheap to make?

By Oct. 23, 2008


Election Day brings invasion of robocalls

Voters may hate them, but automated, prerecorded calls are certainly popular with politicians, despite a lack of evidence that they are effective.

By Oct. 23, 2008


FTC all but bans robocalls

Federal Trade Commission is restricting telemarketers from sending prerecorded phone calls to consumers unless the consumer gives written consent to receive them.

By Aug. 20, 2008


'Abusive' political robocalls targeted by senators

New bill would set limits on how often Americans can receive the automated calls from supporters and opponents of federal candidates.

By Feb. 12, 2008