The U.S. Justice Department is taking a new approach to the problem of robotic phones, seeking court approval to make telecommunications companies responsible for robot phones, not just hunt down overseas fraudsters, according tomedia The Verge. Jody Hunt, of the Justice Department’s civil division, said companies tracked by the Justice Department allowed two organizations with ties to India and offices in Arizona and New York to make hundreds of millions of calls a month.
The two companies are TollFreeDeals.com, SIP Retail and its owners, Nicholas Palumbo and Natasha Palumbo of Scottsdale, Arizona. As well as Global VoiceCom Inc., Global Titi Services Inc., KAT Telecom Inc. and Jon Kahen, owner of Great Neck in New York.
The Justice Department is seeking a court order to stop making robot calls on the company’s networks. The Justice Department says telecommunications companies act as gateways to robot phone callers, using voice-over calls to deliver fraudulent calls to U.S. telecommunications networks. This, for example, allows fraudsters to trick numbers and try to trick phone recipients in the United States into thinking they owe a fine they have to pay.
In recent years, the popularity of robotic phones in the United States has led regulators and law enforcement agencies to look for new ways to combat the phenomenon. Experts estimate that 48 billion robotic phone calls were made in the U.S. in 2018, up 46 percent from 2017.
Earlier this month, a new federal anti-robot call law went into effect, giving the government new tools to address the issue, including a maximum fine of $10,000 per call, and requirements for major carriers such as AT?T, Verizon and T-Mobile to use technology.