96,000,000 Robocalls !
WASHINGTON, May 10, 2018—
The Federal Communications Commission today fined Adrian Abramovich $120 million for malicious spoofing that was part of his massive robocalling operation aimed at selling timeshares and other travel packages. The caller ID spoofing operation made almost 100 million spoofed robocalls over three months. The Truth in Caller ID Act prohibits callers from deliberately falsifying caller ID information with the intent to harm or defraud consumers or unlawfully obtain something of value.
The FCC proposed this fine in the summer of 2017. In response to the proposed fine, Mr. Abramovich claimed that he had no intent to cause harm, and that the proposed forfeiture amount was unconstitutional. The Commission determined that the evidence did not support these claims and is imposing a fine in the amount originally proposed, the largest forfeiture ever imposed by the agency.
Mr. Abramovich, of Miami, Florida, or companies he controlled, spoofed 96 million robocalls in order to trick unsuspecting consumers into answering and listening to his advertising messages. To increase the likelihood that consumers would answer his calls, Mr. Abramovich’s operation made calls that appeared to be local—a practice known as “neighbor spoofing.” The messages indicated that the calls came from well-known travel or hospitality companies such as Marriott, Expedia, Hilton, and TripAdvisor, and prompted consumers to “Press 1” to hear about “exclusive” vacation deals. Those who did were transferred to foreign call centers where live operators attempted to sell vacation packages—often involving timeshares—at destinations unrelated to the named travel or hospitality companies.
The Federal Communications Commission received numerous consumer complaints about these calls. In addition, the Commission heard from companies such as TripAdvisor, which received complaints from consumers who believed the robocalls had come from the company. Medical paging provider Spōk also complained after its network was disrupted by these calls, thus interfering with hospital and physician communications. Both companies actively helped the investigation.
Oldy, but a goody, if you have trouble soldering your PL259 UHF connectors. This is a .wmv video, so it should play well in windows medial player, etc.
How to solder a PL259_0001 (2017_02_06 12_08_43 UTC)
FCC agreed to a $61,000 fine to Liantronics, LLC for marketing LED signs that were not FCC approved.
Failure to certify LED signs and displays can lead to radio interference.
Read the FCC .pdf statement here.
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April 26, 2018, the FCC issued a $22,000 fine to a company that was using a cellphone jammer in its warehouse.
The company said it was operating the jammer to keep the employees from yakking on their cellphone instead of doing their jobs.
The .pdf official FCC document is here.
chinese manufactured Mizco charging stations recalled; risk of fire & burns.
“re-fuel by DIGIPOWER” is printed on each power bank. Item number RF-TRIP is printed on the bottom of the charging station.
Full details at the CSPC website.
GTC halogen light bulbs can shatter while in use in a lamp or light fixture, posing laceration and fire hazards to consumers.
The tops of the bulbs read “GTC” and include the wattage and lumens values. The bulbs are packaged in blue and red cardboard boxes that read: “GTC NATURAL LIGHT” across the top, along with the wattage and color of the bulb.
The coomplete list of model numbers and bar-code numbers is here on the CSPC website.