‘We are in this battle for the long haul,’ Ohio AG issues warnings to VoIP companies over robocalls

COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s Robocall Enforcement Units has issued warning letters to 10 Voice over Inter Protocol (VoIP) providers who are providing support for customers that may engaging in illegal conduct, a media release said Tuesday.

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“When it comes to disconnecting robocallers, we are in this battle for the long haul,” Yost said. “There is a lot of behind-the-scenes work to get to place where my robocall unit is ready to take action. And it starts with Ohio consumers reporting the nuisance calls.”

The letters serve to put the VoIP proves on notice, the release said, informing them of the federal and state laws prohibiting their actions and those of their customers.

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Yost created the Robocall Enforcement Unit in 2020 to education Ohioans about robocalls; receive and track robocall complaints and take legal action when possible, the release said.

The Robocall Enforcement Unit has fielded more than 69,000 complaints about unwanted calls, including 7,400 this year, the state said Tuesday.

Yost also announced that he will be co-hosting along with Michigan’s Attorney General, Dana Nessel, the National Association of Attorneys General 2022 Robocall Summitt from July 12-13 in Detroit.

Ohioans can report unwanted robocalls by calling 1-800-282-0515 or visiting OhioProtects.org.