The Federal Communications Commission imposed a record fine of $225 million on two Texas-based telemarketing business for spoofed robocalls, the company stated Wednesday.
Cease and desist letters have actually been sent out to all companies who have actually violated the FCC rules or who the FCC thinks have broken.
According to an anti-spam app, Robokiller, spam calls have risen 26 percent over the in 2015.
Rising Eagle and JSquared Telecom were slapped with the fine after positioning close to one billion robocalls in 2019 to falsely sell short-term medical insurance plans.
” John C. Spiller and Jakob A. Mears, who used service names consisting of Rising Eagle and JSquared Telecom, sent the spoofed robocalls across the country during the first four-and-a-half months of 2019,” states a statement provided by the FCC.
The FCC has provided over $450 million in fines in the last few years.
The FCC also revealed Wednesday that it will be designating 51 employees to form a “Robocall Response Team” in action to the increased robocalls. The DOJ, FTC and state chief law officer have likewise been asked to assist with the problem.
” Mr. Spiller confessed to the USTelecom Industry Traceback Group that he made millions of spoofed calls daily and purposefully called consumers on the Do Not Call list as he thought that it was more lucrative to target these consumers.”
“Todays stop and desist letters need to serve as an indication to other entities that believe the FCC has actually turned a blind eye to this problem. We definitely have not and were coming for you,” Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said in a declaration.