Ohio Attorney General Taking New Steps to Defend Consumers Against Robocalls

In a news release issued on March 4, 2021, Attorney General Dave Yost announced the development of a new unit to fight back against nuisance robocalls. The Robocall Enforcement Unit will partner with anti-robocall groups at the national level, investigating suspected violators, taking enforcement action and seeking legislation to expand the state’s authority against the companies responsible for these calls.

In addition to the Robocall Enforcement Unit, there is a new tool for Ohioans to report malicious robocalls to the Attorney General’s Office. Simply text “ROBO” to 888111 and answer the questions, which should take less than a minute to complete. Reports can also be made by visiting OhioProtects.org or by calling 1-800-282-0515.

Other tips to help combat robocalls include:

  1. Never interact with a suspected robocaller in any way.
  2. Avoid providing personal or financial information by phone.
  3. Register your phone number with the Do Not Call Registry online at DoNotCall.gov or by phone at 1-888-382-1222.
  4. Research services offered by your phone provider to block unwanted calls.
  5. Install a trusted and reliable app on your cellphone to block or warn of suspicious calls.