FCC fines Miami man $120 million for making more than 100 million spoofed robocalls
BrianAJackson/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday announced a $120 million fine against a Miami man accused of making more than 100 million spoofed robocalls in a three-month span.
According to the FCC, Adrian Abramovich used those spoofed calls to trick consumers into listening to his advertising messages. Approximately 80,000 spoofed calls were verified by the agency.
According to a press release from the FCC, consumers reported receiving calls that they believed to be originating from local phone numbers. Once answered, however, an automated message encouraged them to “Press 1” to hear about travel deals. Those individuals who pressed the button were transferred to foreign call centers and operators attempted to sell them vacation packages, and often timeshares.
The call centers were not affiliated with the comnpanies mentioned in the recorded message.
TripAdvisor contacted the FCC regarding the calls in 2016, following complaints from customers who believed the company was responsible for the robocalls. Medical paging provider Spok also issued a complaint to the FCC, saying that the calls disrupted its network.
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