Spam caller facing $120 million fine from FCC

Spam caller facing $120 million fine from FCC
Spam callers everywhere take heed from the FCC's latest $120 million proposed fine for a robocall operation. Adrian Abramovich, the leader of such an operation, is facing the hefty fine after a three-month stint of robocalls selling timeshares. A total of 96 million calls went out with 80 million of them verified to be of Adrian's creation.

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.

source: FCC via Engadget

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17 Comments

1. you_sukk_it

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

just hit someone with a huge fine and make them an examples so others think twice.

17. tonyquart

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.

2. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3100; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

What about prank calls? Do they get fined too?

11. izim1

Posts: 1596; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

"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...

13. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3100; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Some pranks can do any of this. No need to get butthurt over such a simple question.

14. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I better not! What's the harm in checking to see if your refrigerator is running? lol, j/k, I'm not really that stupid... just like to pretend to be. :P

3. ahmuzencab

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.

6. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Her? Its a guy...dude!!!!! HAHA!

8. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; 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.

15. ahmuzencab

Posts: 192; Member since: May 12, 2017

Damn lol. You do. I do get a different spammer trying to sell me f**king windows. The struggle.

12. izim1

Posts: 1596; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Ypu realize that's not an actual picture of the person, right?

4. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 290; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

well done fcc hope this ducker rots in prison for the rest of his life

5. Landon

Posts: 1244; 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?

7. trojan_horse

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.

16. Landon

Posts: 1244; Member since: May 07, 2015

I really don't want to download an app to solve it. I tried the native do not disturb on my Note 5 but when I tested it by calling my phone from a number that's not in my contacts, it still rang.

9. emvxl

Posts: 140; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

On my son's iPhone, we just enabled manually Do No Disturb, but still allow calls from his Contacts. That seems to work. A missed call will still pop up, but that's about it.

10. theot14430 unregistered

How about subjecting fines for all the BS spam ads on this site!

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