A fine has been accused by the Federal Communications Commission on a Floridaman who is accused of placing nearly 100 million robocalls.
On Thursday, the FCC said that it was fining Adrian Abramovich of Miami $120 million for posing a threat to public safety with the “illegal” calls.
In a citation from June 22, 2017, FCC had said the robocalls went to “critical emergency phone lines” used by hospitals and medical providers, as well as cell phones and residential phones, without the consent of the recepients.
In its complaint, FCC said ,”The evidence indicates that Abramovich is the perpetrator of one of the largest—and most dangerous—illegal robocalling campaigns that the Commission has ever investigated.”
According to FCC Robocalls are automated telemarketing calls that are called as illegal unless the recipient agrees to be called.
The complaint says that Abramovich made 96 million robocalls during a three-month period in 2016 as a part of “telemarketing scheme.”
In the 2017 complaint, he’s accused of using “neighbor spoofing” to get people to answer the calls, by falsely presenting the calls as coming from a local number.
According to the complaint, the robocalls offered discounted travel services to Mexico, the Caribbean and Florida from Expedia, Marriott, Hilton and TripAdvisor. The FCC said these “spoofed” calls had nothing to do with these companies, and are considered wire fraud.”
As per the reports of the agencies, the fine on Abramovich is the largest ever imposed by the FCC.
A spokesperson for TripAdvisor informed the sources that it became aware in 2015 that some US consumers were receiving fake recorded calls “that illegally claimed to be associated with our brand” and the company had been working with the FCC to stop it.
TripAdvisor also said, “The list of brands impersonated by these fraudsters goes well beyond TripAdvisor and reads like a who’s who of well-known airlines, hoteliers and online travel agents.”
Abramovich however, has denied to the accusations of fraud.