Spam caller facing $120 million fine from FCC
by Corey Gaskin / Jun 23, 2017, 1:10 PM
While telemarketing calls are not illegal, Abramovich's technique of spoofing numbers is. Neighbor spoofing, as it's called, masks the incoming phone number with the same first 6 digits as the recipients, making them much more likely to answer the phone call. This is in direct violation of The Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009, which states that such spoofing with the intent to "cause harm, defraud, or wrongfully obtain anything of value" is in fact illegal, according to the FCC.
Although they seem to easily persist, robo-callers have been under constant threat, having the FCC, FTC, cell phone carriers, and even congress take measures to stop them.
For now, the caller faces only a citation. But if calls persist, he is subject to the full weight of these fines - a prospect that would make even the savviest timeshare salesman shudder.
Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017
just hit someone with a huge fine and make them an examples so others think twice.
posted on Jun 23, 2017, 1:22 PM 12
Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 27, 2017
Yeah. This is what we need now. The government should fine them million dollars and make other companies stop calling people. I have read many articles about someone suing companies because of phone harassment, like at whycall.me/news/my-4500-payday-from-a-telemarketer/, but the companies just got fined thousands dollars, and it won't stop another companies from harassing people. If some of them should pay million dollars of fines, then it might help.
posted on Jun 27, 2017, 9:55 PM 0
Posts: 3088; Member since: Sep 01, 2014
What about prank calls? Do they get fined too?
posted on Jun 23, 2017, 1:29 PM 0
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"This is in direct violation of The Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009, which states that such spoofing with the intent to "cause harm, defraud, or wrongfully obtain anything of value" is in fact illegal, according to the FCC." Prank calls do none of this. You can write but can't read? Interesting...
posted on Jun 23, 2017, 4:39 PM 2
Posts: 192; Member since: May 12, 2017
HAH. Good. f**k her and her company. I've gotten these calls from the same area code 3 digits at least 10 times a month. I'd wait to be transferred from robo to person, finally to blow an air horn into the mic.
posted on Jun 23, 2017, 1:33 PM 0
Posts: 1275; Member since: Aug 31, 2016
I got you beat. I get them 2-6 times a day and almost always with my same area code and first 3 digits.
posted on Jun 23, 2017, 3:50 PM 0
Posts: 1227; Member since: May 07, 2015
I've received 6 spam calls in the past 2 days. I'm about to freak the f*** out. Does anyone know how to block all incoming calls that are not in my contacts list?
posted on Jun 23, 2017, 2:14 PM 0
Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016
"Does anyone know how to block all incoming calls that are not in my contacts list?" Any modern smartphone has Blocking pre-installed. There are apps in the play store, such as Master Call Blocker, which blocks calls, texts and MMS from all unknown numbers - numbers which aren't in your contact list.
posted on Jun 23, 2017, 2:38 PM 0
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