One Billion Robocalls Net $225M FCC Fine

By Jon Brodkin

1 billion robocalls net $225M FCC fine that will likely never be collected

Insurance scam faked Caller ID and targeted numbers on Do Not Call List, FCC says.

The Federal Communications Commission today proposed a $225 million fine for health-insurance telemarketers who “made approximately 1 billion spoofed robocalls across the country during the first four and a half months of 2019.” But the FCC’s track record in collecting on proposed fines is so poor that the fine is unlikely to ever be collected at anywhere close to the proposed amount.

Rising Eagle, a Texas-based health insurance telemarketer, made 1 billion calls “on behalf of clients that sell short-term, limited-duration health insurance plans,” the FCC said.

Originally published on arstechnica.com June 9, 2020