Robocaller hit with $10 million fine from FCC
A robocaller has been fined $9.9 million for using caller ID spoofing to intentionally cause harm, the US Federal Communications Commission announced Thursday. The scam caller made thousands of robocalls using pre-recorded racist, xenophobic and threatening messages.
The calls were made to a victim’s family, a local journalist, political candidates — and even as an attempt to sway a jury hearing a domestic terrorism case. The caller ID spoofing made the calls look like they came from local numbers.
“Not only were the calls unlawful, but the caller took them to new levels of egregiousness,” said FCC Chair Ajit Pai. “With today’s fine, we once again make clear our commitment to aggressively go after those who are unlawfully bombarding the American people.”
The robocaller harassed people across Iowa, Idaho, Virginia, Florida and Georgia. He must pay the fine within 30 days, the FCC said, otherwise the matter will be scaled up to the Justice Department.