February 3, 2020
Seeking temporary restraining orders against five VoIP carriers, the
Department of Justice announced two landmark cases against five companies
and three individuals allegedly responsible for carrying hundreds of
millions of fraudulent robocalls to American consumers. After numerous
warnings that they were carrying fraudulent robocalls, which included
swindlers representing government agencies and business imposter calls,
the agency started an enforcement action. The calls, mostly from India,
targeted Americans and has led to massive financial losses to elderly and
vulnerable victims across the USA.
Notice has been issued that the DOJ intends to pursue prosecution of those who knowingly facilitate imposter fraud calls using both criminal and civil tools where appropriate. “Robocalls are an annoyance to many Americans, and those that are fraudulent and predatory are a serious problem, often causing devastating financial harm to the elderly and vulnerable members of our society,” said Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt for the Department of Justice’s Civil Division.
Practically everyone has experienced some fraudulent calls, including faking as a Microsoft technician to fix your computer, however it has raised to a whole new level. The notice alleges that the defendants carried 720 million calls during a sample 23-day period. Some calls include "alarming messages, such as: the recipient’s social security number or other personal information has been compromised or otherwise connected to criminal activity".
"...And we look forward to working closely with law enforcement colleagues in India and elsewhere around the world to identify those behind these calls so that we can bring them to justice.” Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt
We applaud the DOJ actions and hope that they are able to curb many of these criminal calling activities and bring actions here and at the foreign source.
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