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Attorney General sues Avid Telecom over a billion spam calls


Attorney General sues Avid Telecom over a billion spam calls

Avid Telecom faces fraud charges, on the account of conduction more than a million spam calls, scamming multiple people in Oklahoma.

A spam call is characterized as an unsolicited call, typically over number of time to a large amount of users. Scam artist are usually well versed with the technique, and use automated voice recordings or false caller IDs. It is often hard to find the root of these scams; however, sometimes fraudulent cases do get taken up to court.

Earlier this week, a lawsuit was filed against scammers, Avid Telecom. The Attorney General Drummond, along with 48 other American attorneys filed the lawsuit against no only the company, but also its owner and the vice president, who will be facing fraud charges, due to their repeated facilitation of illegal scam calls. These spam calls made by automated voices, violated multiple acts including, Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Telemarketing Sales Rule, amongst other federal and state telemarketing and consumer laws.

Michael Lansky the owner of Avid Telecom has reported to have sent more than 7.5 billion calls to the National Do Not Call Registry, records show from December 2018 to January 2023.

The attorney general in a statement said, the scam robocalls are a constant nuisance and can often cause harm to people. He further added that the people responsible for permitting fraudulent calls need to be held accountable for their actions.

The data between the ends of 2018 to early 2023 shows that 90% of the calls that were sent out from the company barely lasted 15 seconds, indicating that were likely automated scam calls, a majority of which were recorded in Oklahoma. Avid has helped make millions of spam calls with fake caller IDs. The spam calls reported, have allegedly been about scamming individuals about Social Security, Medicare, credit card interest rates, employment amongst others.  

The legal action arose with the task force investigating and taking a stand against those responsible for this fraudulent company.

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