The FCC has proposed today a fine of more than $82 million against a North Carolina man and his insurance company that, it says, made more than 21 million illegal robocalls nationwide in an effort to sell health insurance.
Telecommunications companies and other businesses that provide call-blocking apps and services will get daily updates of robocall phone numbers, the Federal Trade Commissionannounced Tuesday.
Your phone rings. You don't recognize the number, but you answer anyway. "Hello, hello?" Then a prerecorded voice comes on the line: "Congratulations! You've been selected to receive at absolutely no cost to you free installation of aluminum siding for your home, along with a set of solar panels …"
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) marked another step in its effort to curtail illegal robocalls. During its recent Open Meeting, the FCC approved Notices of Inquiry (NOIs) into Call Authentication methods and into Advanced Methods to Target Unlawful Robocalls that, respectively, seek input on efforts to institute a caller ID-based “Trust Anchor,” and to develop a re-assigned numbers database.
The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday announced two more guilty pleas from men copping to the money laundering end of a massive fraud involving Indian call centers impersonating tax and other officials to extract hundreds of millions of dollars from victims nationwide, bringing the number of guilty pleas to 13.
Americans are plagued with the second-highest amount of spam phone calls each month, ranking just behind India, according to a new study.
The Federal Communications Commission is trying to rally industry to its side to prevent robocalls, especially those seeming to come from a local number.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) stepped up its efforts to crack down on robocalls Thursday, opening up an inquiry into how to combat illegal and fraudulent callers.
The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a historic $120 million fine against an individual, Mr. Adrian Abramovich, who reportedly made more than 100 million unlawful “spoofed” robocalls in violation of the Truth in Caller ID Act. On June 22, 2017, the Commission approved a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture finding Mr. Abramovich apparently liable for violations of the Act and Commission rules.
The FTC is supporting the efforts of the FCC to expand the definition of what constitutes and illegal call and make life more difficult for telemarketers and robocall operators.
If there’s anything good about ringless voicemails, it’s the fact that they bring people together. These voicemails that simply appear on your phone seem to invite universal hatred.
On June 22, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) issued a first-of-its-kind Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) alleging that Adrian Abramovich, through numerous companies that he owned or operated, violated the Truth in Caller ID Act by placing more than 95 million robocalls to consumers while “knowingly causing the display of inaccurate caller ID information.” The NAL proposes fines totaling $120 million, and seeks to hold Mr. Abramovich personally liable for the full amount. Separately, the Commission released a citation against Mr. Abramovich on the same day for alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the federal wire fraud statute.
WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today issued a warning that tax-related scams continue across the nation even though the tax filing season has ended for most taxpayers. People should remain on alert to new and emerging schemes involving the tax system that continue to claim victims.
Tech support and IRS scams have become as common as random emails proclaiming that you've won the lottery, or emails from prince in some foreign land who wants to share their wealth.
Sen. Chuck Schumer on Sunday urged the government to hang up on telemarketers who want to bypass the national “Do Not Call” list by sending pitches directly to a person’s cell phone voicemail, pleading not to “throw gas on a robocall wildfire.”
The phone rings, pauses, and then a recording on the line says: "Hello! This is Rachel at cardholder services," or "This is an important notice about your automobile."
Federal regulators on Thursday said they've identified "the perpetrator of one of the largest ... illegal robocalling campaigns" they have ever investigated.
Robots and computers aren’t just taking people’s jobs, they’re also calling everybody and leaving messages about sweet business loan opportunities that you have been chosen for. Recently, these annoying spam calls have been on the rise, leaving people increasingly frustrated.
VoIP users have access to the caller ID field, and it can be set to whatever they want. This is a key advantage to those perpetrating fraud since they don't need many technical skills to make this work. Fraud perpetrators have developed software to reset PINs and access accounts and IVR systems. This is called call center fraud.
In the face of aging infrastructure and vulnerabilities, cities and states are upgrading emergency call centers to include streamlined and media-rich systems.