St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News)- Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has signed onto a multi-state effort to investigate companies believed to be responsible for allowing the majority of robocalls going out to phones across the country.

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The investigation into what are called gateway companies is the first action taken by the Anti-Robocall Litigation Task Force, which is made up of 50 attorneys general. Gateway providers are companies that sell access to the U.S. telephone network.

A press release from Ellison’s office says the task force’s purpose is to take legal action against telecommunications companies in an effort to stop illegal robocalls. The providers are accused of selling customer numbers to robocall scammers.

Photo provided by Keith Ellison
Photo provided by Keith Ellison

“I encourage anyone who receives a scam robocall to make a note of the number and report it to my office, because it will help us trace those numbers back and hold accountable those responsible for enabling scammers,” Attorney General Ellison said. “And if you’ve been scammed, don’t be ashamed, because these scammers are professionals who are very good at what they do. And don’t stay silent, because that’s what scammers want you to do. Instead, report it to my office: we may be able to help you, and by reporting it, you will help us get to the root of the problem and stop it.”

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