Man accused of making millions of robocalls faces $120 million FCC fine


The agency had previously proposed the fine in 2017 but is now coming through on its promise to reprimand Abramovich. The agency has said he led "one of the largest - and most unsafe - illegal robocalling campaigns that the commission has ever investigated".

He declined to answer some of the questions that he was asked about the case, invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. However, the FCC alluded to - and soundly rejected - his legal response to the FCC charges, in which Abramovich claimed he did not mean to cause harm or wrongfully obtain anything of value. Mr Abramovich said he had not meant to "defraud or cause harm". "He actually caused harm", in conversation with CBS News. According to the FCC he duped a large number of elderly people into purchasing bogus travel deals.

These call centers were not related to the major companies, the FCC said.

In 2017, the FCC first alleged that Adrian Abramovich made 96 million robocalls during a three-month period in 2016. Dewey says, "The most important thing to know about any phone call that you're receiving these days is that the caller id simply can not be trusted". They said he used a practice known as "neighbor spoofing" to make the calls appear local - increasing the likelihood that people would answer the calls. "In addition, the Commission heard from companies such as TripAdvisor, which received complaints from consumers who believed the robocalls had come from the company", the FCC said in announcing [PDF] its decision.

They would then be transferred to a call center, where live operators would attempt to sell them one or more "discounted" vacation packages, like timeshares.

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

Unfortunately, the move against Abramovich is unlikely to reduce the number of robocalls that consumers receive on both cellphones and land lines. 30 billion robocalls previous year alone.

Abramovich's Senate testimony explained why.

Abramovich testified in Congress last month under subpoena over the robocalls, which are illegal.