Or there are troubles with our Social Security number. That’s the basis of another call that seems to be making the rounds in recent months.

The first one is simply irritating. The second — regarding Social Security information — is dangerous, because it’s an obvious scam meant to gather important personal information that can be used to possibly access personal accounts.

According to the spam-blocking company Truecaller, as many as 59 million Americans lost money as a result of phone scams in the past 12 months. Meanwhile, the Federal Communications Commission reports that illegal robocalls cost U.S. residents $10 billion per year in fraud and $3 billion per year in wasted time.

Robocalls continue to increase as sellers, scammers and common scoundrels seek to bend our ear for a moment via our personal cell phones.

Will a new action by the FCC help? We sure hope so.

Here’s the latest: The FCC gave wireless phone providers until June 30 to self-report whether they are complying with the agency’s new rules regarding robocalls. If the providers aren’t doing so — or if they are dishonest in their reporting — then the FCC apparently is ready to take action.

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