Robocall Scammer Faces Fine For Impersonating TripAdvisor, Marriott, Expedia

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A Florida man accused of blasting out 100 million illegal robocalls where he falsely claimed to represent companies like TripAdvisor, Marriott, Expedia, or Hilton may finally have to pay for annoying the ever-living heck out of people. The Federal Communications Commission has proposed slapping a $120 million penalty on this obnoxious operation....

...As we’ve covered before, it’s not illegal for private individuals to spoof or otherwise mask your outgoing phone number unless you’re doing so in furtherance of fraud. It’s also against federal Do Not Call rules for telemarketers to spoof outgoing phone numbers. So you can disguise your outgoing number if you want to phone in an anonymous tip to the police, but you can’t, say, spoof your number to falsely look like you’re calling from the IRS in order to demand payment. Nor can an otherwise legitimate telemarketer deliberately spoof their outgoing number when trying to contact consumers.

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