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FTC Accuses Group of Running Empire That Made Billions of Unwanted Robocalls

Jun 11, 2018 Gizmodo

The Federal Trade Commission has strict rules that, in its own words, make “virtually all” telemarketing robocalls illegal. But we’ve still seen the number of complaints about robocalls explode over the last few years. On Tuesday, the FTC announced it’s doing something about it by suing some kingpins who allegedly facilitated billions of unwanted calls.

The consumer watchdog has filed a formal complaint in federal court against the people behind companies that allegedly facilitated and engaged in “illegal robocalls, calls to numbers on the Do Not Call Registry, calls with spoofed caller IDs, and abandoned calls, in which TelWeb hung up on consumers who answered.”…