FCC and FTC Demand Cut-Off Robercallers of Coronavirus Scams

A sternly worded, finger-wagging press release.


The FCC�s Enforcement Bureau and FTC�s Bureau of Consumer Protection wrote to three gateway providers that are facilitating these scam COVID-19-related robocalls: SIPJoin of Suffolk, Virginia; Connexum of Orange, California; and VoIP Terminator/BLMarketing of Lake Mary, Florida. The companies have been identified by the Traceback Group, a consortium of phone companies that help officials track down suspect calls, managed by the trade association USTelecom. The Commissions also wrote to USTelecom to ask its members to begin blocking calls from these providers if the flood of robocalls is not cut off within 48 hours.

Finally, but why did it take a pandemic to get them to do this?

I was thinking the EXACT same thing!!

I just need my phone to have a warm transfer button with or without supervision to Lenny https://toao.net/595-lenny

Sadly I've discovered that >95% of scammers have caught on to lenny by now, and hang up within the first few seconds of hearing him.

I guess they've been thoroughly lenny'd already so he's no longer effective.


I was watching one of Jim Browning’s s Youtube series the other day, the one where he got into a scam call center’s network so completely that he had access to their entire operation, including CCTV cameras, and eventually got BBC Panorama involved, which got the place shut down.

He mentioned that with all the work he does in this area, he has thousands of call recordings of scams taking place, and he’s working with a university to try and see if they can make an AI call bot, essentially Lenny 2.0, that would be near impossible for scammers to detect.

Interested to see how that shakes out. :slight_smile: