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Phone Carriers Say They'll Block Some Robocalls And Crack Down On Spoofed Numbers

NEW YORK (CBSNEWS.COM) - Major phone companies say they'll give customers free tools to block robocalls as part of an agreement reached with 51 state attorneys general.

It's the latest step from government and industry to combat a growing — and costly — problem. But consumer advocates say far more action is needed.

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A visitor takes a picture with the Dual rear-facing cameras located on the back of a LG G6 smartphone, manufactured by LG Electronics Inc. during the Mobile World Congress on the third day of the MWC in Barcelona, on March 1, 2017. (Credit: JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)

A coalition of state attorneys general in each state and the District of Columbia, and 12 phone companies announced that they will offer free call-blocking tools to all their customers except for traditional landline users.

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