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Attorney General Chris Carr today announced that Georgia has joined a nationwide Anti-Robocall Litigation Task Force to investigate and take legal action against the telecommunications companies responsible for bringing a majority of foreign robocalls into the United States. This bipartisan Task Force has one goal: to cut down on illegal robocalls.

“Though progress has been made in our fight against illegal robocalls, unscrupulous telecommunications providers continue to enable the con artists who perpetuate these phone scams,” said Carr. “The Anti-Robocall Litigation Task Force will allow us to leverage the resources of all 50 states as we work to identify these fraudsters and better protect our fellow consumers.”

The Task Force has issued 20 civil investigative demands to 20 gateway providers and other entities that are allegedly responsible for a majority of foreign robocall traffic. Gateway providers that bring foreign traffic into the U.S. telephone network have a responsibility to ensure that the traffic is legal, but these providers are not taking sufficient action to stop robocall traffic. In many cases, they appear to be intentionally turning a blind eye in return for steady revenue.

According to the National Consumer Law Center and Electronic Privacy Information Center, over 33 million scam robocalls are made to Americans every day.

The Task Force will focus on the bad actors throughout the telecommunications industry to reduce the number of robocalls that Georgia residents receive and help the companies that are following the rules.

An estimated $29.8 billion was stolen through scam calls in 2021. Most of this scam robocall traffic originates overseas.

The 50-state Task Force is focused on shutting down the providers that profit from this illegal scam traffic and refuse to take steps to otherwise mitigate these scam calls.

The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division offers the following tips to avoid scams and unwanted calls:

  • Be wary of callers who specifically ask you to pay by gift card, wire transfer or cryptocurrency. For example, the Internal Revenue Service does not accept iTunes gift cards.
  • Look out for prerecorded calls from imposters posing as government agencies. Typically, the Social Security Administration does not make phone calls to individuals.
  • If you suspect fraudulent activity, immediately hang up and do not provide any personal information.

For additional information about how to protect yourself from scams, visit consumer.ga.gov.

If you believe you may have fallen victim to a scam, contact the Consumer Protection Division at 404-851-8600 or file a complaint online at https://consumer.georgia.gov/resolve-your-dispute/how-do-i-file-complaint.

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Jets Holding up Trade Calls With Teams: Something Is Going On

Getty New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh staring off during a preseason game.

The first roster cuts of the 2022 offseason are right around the corner for the New York Jets.

On Tuesday, August 16 every NFL team must cut down its 90-man roster to 85 players. Then next week they’ll have to slice another five players. Although they’ll have to endure a ritual bloodletting the final week as 27 players from each roster must be released.

It is a dark time in the NFL but an absolute necessity yearly. Just as it is in life, deadlines create pressure and pressure creates diamonds. With these mile markers on the NFL highway, it could force teams to make some business decisions including a trade or two before the start of the season.

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In Rich Cimini’s Sunday morning column for ESPN, he documented that the Jets have been holding back trade calls from multiple teams.

The target that would be discussed in said chats would be wide receiver, Denzel Mims. General manager Joe Douglas has yet to “shop him” officially but Cimini reiterated that multiple teams “would be interested” if he decides to open things up.

Coming off of the first preseason game of the year for the Jets it was a mixed bag for Mims.

The former Baylor product had two catches (tied for the team lead) for 25 receiving yards. Gang Green targeted him five times during the game versus the Philadelphia Eagles.

Mims shot himself in the foot twice during the contest. He dropped one of those balls and also was dinged for an illegal formation penalty.

Cimini said that “something is going on” here. Apparently, Mims met with head coach Robert Saleh in the middle of practice twice to have a private chat. He also added that the two men have had other private chats behind the scenes.

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Mims hasn’t requested a trade and obviously, so far the team hasn’t shopped him.

However, it might behoove them to start listening to offers.

Cimini suggested a team like the Dallas Cowboys could make a lot of sense for everyone involved.

The 24-year-old wide receiver only lives “a few miles away” from the Cowboys team facilities and “everyone knows” they’re hurting at wide receiver.

Mims would get a serious bump in playing time and the Jets could move a piece that isn’t a lock to make the team.

Cimini said that Mims’ roster spot is in “jeopardy” as we head into the first official roster cuts on Tuesday.

Douglas has proven to get a much higher return on investment in past trades than fans, media, or heck even other NFL teams thought he was capable of.

While it seems on the surface Mims value is nothing more than a late day three pick, we could be in for another surprise.

Although I’ll say this from a personal perspective if all the Jets could get is that sort of value back I’d strongly have to think if it is worth it.

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