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In the Matter of Adrian Abramovich, Marketing Strategy Leaders, Inc., and Marketing Leaders, Inc.
Federal Communications Commission
32 F.C.C.R. 5418, 2017 WL 2714972 (2017)
Adrian Abramovich (plaintiff) was engaged in a widespread robocalling operation, making almost 100 million calls over three months in 2016. The type of robocalling Abramovich conducted was called neighbor spoofing. Abramovich used fake phone numbers similar to the phone number of the call’s recipient, making the recipient believe she was receiving a phone call from a local caller. Through the robocalls, Abramovich posed as well-known travel companies and offered consumers fraudulent vacation packages. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was first alerted to Abramovich’s scheme by Spok, Inc., an emergency medical-paging service. Spok’s customers, medical professionals around the country, were receiving numerous calls to their pagers. These calls caused slowdowns and service outages, risking public safety. Travel companies Abramovich was spoofing, such as TripAdvisor, also alerted the FCC as to the scheme. The FCC investigated Abramovich and specifically investigated 80,000 calls. The FCC found that Abramovich’s spoofing scheme had violated the Truth in Caller ID Act and the FCC’s rules. The FCC filed a notice of apparent liability against Abramovich and proposed a $120,000,000 forfeiture.
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