Robocaller Hit With Record $120 Million Fine

Posted May 13, 2018

Abramovich, meanwhile, had mounted an opposition to the proposed fine, arguing the massive bill was unconstitutional and denying any wrongdoing.

Customers would be transferred to a call center with live operators offering to sell them one or more "discounted" vacation packages, such as timeshares.

"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". In its decision, the FCC said his arguments were unpersuasive, so it has chose to go forward with the original fine it proposed. Abramovich was responsible for the most extensive caller ID spoofing schemes we have ever encountered, and he caused companies and individuals extensive harm.

In 2017, the FCC first alleged that Adrian Abramovich made 96 million robocalls during a three-month period in 2016. During the past two years, the FCC has received 4.5 million complaints about chatbot calls. Pai also said: "Just ask his victims - a number of whom are elderly - who were duped into purchasing travel deals under false pretenses".

To increase the likelihood that a caller would answer his robocalls, Abramovich would make it look like the calls were local and would operate under the guise of well-known companies such as the Marriott, Expedia, Hilton and TripAdvisor.

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The practice of using brand names in the recorded pitch apparently turned around to bite the Florida robocaller, though.

TripAdvisor and medical paging provider Spōk sent complaints to FCC and actively helped the investigation.

Unfortunately, the move against Abramovich is unlikely to reduce the number of robocalls that consumers receive on both cellphones and land lines.

YouMail, a company that blocks robocalls and tracks them, revealed that an estimated 3.4 billion robocalls to consumers were placed in the month of April in the United States, which is an all-time high.

With these low-cost services and software, nearly anyone can plug in and play in the robocalling game, Abramovich said. Most would dissolve after one year, and Abramovich was the sole director in almost every case, the FCC said.