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FCC fines man $120M for sending millions of robocalls

13 May, 2018, 01:59 | Author: Sara Gill
  • FCC fines man $120M over massive robocalling campaign

"We recognize that a $120 million forfeiture is a very large forfeiture, indeed the largest that the Commission has issued, and we do not issue this decision lightly". Medical paging provider Spōk also helped with the FCC's investigation, because the robocallers' operation disrupted hospital and physician communications. The FCC has said it gets more than 200,000 complaints each year about unwanted calls.

"He doesn't dispute that all these robocalls were made without the recipients' consent". The agency says companies Adrian Abramovich controlled were behind nearly 100 million robocalls over three months. People would receive phone calls, often from their own area code or even resembling their own phone number, in a practice called "neighbor spoofing".

He formed 12 corporations in Florida since 1997, according to the FCC. In almost every case, he was the sole director, the FCC said. The fine is the FCC's second-largest penalty in history and the first relating to a robocalling operation. Complaints submitted by both consumers and these companies are what led to the record find.

Abramovich, whose lawyer did not immediately return messages from CNNMoney, has denied the accusations of fraud. There was no fraudulent activity,"Abramovich said". "I am not the kingpin of robocalling that is alleged". "The resorts associated with my telemarketing activities were indeed real resorts, offering real vacation packages", he said.

The complaint against Abramovich and his companies, Marketing Strategy Leaders and Marketing Leaders, said these companies made some 96 million computer-dialed calls over a three-month period.


"But it's still happening and we're still getting them", said Michael Inouye, analyst for ABI Research.

The Federal Communications Commission wants to crack down on the growing scourge of "robocalls" to personal cell phones.

Apple, Google and Microsoft joined a "strike force" in 2016 to try and reduce robocalls, at the direction of the FCC.

90 percent of the calls were made to wireless phones, with the remaining 10 percent going to landlines, according to USA Today.

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