The Federal Communications Commission has imposed a record fine on a Florida man who is accused of placing almost 100 million robocalls. Abramovich, a Miami-based travel marketer it said was being tens of millions of nuisance calls made over a three-month period.
The FCC announced the penalty during its monthly open meeting on Thursday, May 10.
Abramovich and his legal representatives could not be immediately reached to comment on the fine.
At the same time, Abramovich offered his testimony to a Senate panel examining robocall practices.
Abramovich has denied engaging in "Fraudulent activities" saying, "I am not the kingpin of robocalling that is alleged". Medical paging provider Spōk also helped with the FCC's investigation, because the robocallers' operation disrupted hospital and physician communications. It wasn't until victims responded to the offer of a discounted trip by hitting a digit on their phones that they would get a live operator, who was ultimately pitching timeshare interests in Mexico that were unrelated to any of the major companies mentioned in the recorded message.
"The Commission received numerous consumer complaints about these calls".
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Adrian Abramovich was accused of flooding consumers with 97 million phone calls touting fake travel deals, according to Fortune. The agency had previously proposed the fine in 2017 but is now coming through on its promise to reprimand Abramovich.
Those robocalls impacted other people and services, the FCC said.
With these low-cost services and software, nearly anyone can plug in and play in the robocalling game, Abramovich said.
It is not clear from the FCC's citation how Abramovich got the numbers that were targets of the robocalls.
According to the FCC, consumer complaints about neighbor spoofing have more than dodubled in the first few months of this year, leading them to come out with some helpful tips to help people avoid getting manipulated by these scams.
According to the agency, Abramovich is the mastermind behind one of the largest, and most risky, illegal robocalling campaigns that the commission has ever come across.