Oh, those robocalls.  They want us to buy travel packages, pay the IRS, extend our car warranties, and get our grandkids out of jail when we're 30 and don't have grandkids.  Idaho has a plan to stop these annoying life interruptions.

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden is just as fed up with robocalls as we are, and he has joined a coalition of 51 attorneys general and 12 phone companies to put a stop to annoying robocalls.  The calls aren't just annoying.  They're sucking millions of dollars out of bank accounts each year, and the companies that do that illegally need to "get their comeuppance," as my grandma would say.

The agreement should make it easier for attorneys general to investigate and prosecute those behind the robocalls.  So instead of telling us that the police are on their way to our house because we haven't paid our taxes, the scammers might be experiencing some police presence of their own.  The phone companies are going to implement call-blocking technology with no cost to the customer, and they'll monitor their networks too, to help investigators track down the culprits.

All 50 states and Washington D.C. are in on the effort, along with the coalition of companies including AT&T, Bandwidth, CenturyLink, Charter, Comcast, Consolidated, Frontier, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon and Windstream.

Until everything gets sorted out, just hang up!  Or tell them you can't talk right now because you just won a foreign lottery and you have some shopping to do.  Or you just found a great deal on a travel package and your plane leaves in an hour.  Surely they'll understand.

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