FTC Takes Action to Stop Voice over Internet Provider from Facilitating Illegal Telemarketing Robocalls, Including Scams Relating to the Pandemic
The Federal Trade Commission today took action against Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service provider VoIP Terminator, Inc., a related company, and the firms’ owner for assisting and facilitating the transmission of millions of illegal prerecorded telemarketing robocalls, including those they knew or should have known were scams, to consumers nationwide. Many of the calls originated overseas, and related to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the defendants allegedly failing to act as a gatekeeper to stop them from entering the country.
Acting on the Commission’s behalf, the U.S. Department of Justice filed the complaint announced in federal district court, along with an order permanently stopping the defendants from such illegal conduct. The order also includes a suspended civil penalty of more than $3 million.
“These defendants helped scammers blast millions of illegal robocalls into our homes,” said Samuel Levine, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “This is our third case in the last two years against VoIP service providers, who should take note of what happens when they ignore the law.”
The FTC’s complaint alleges Florida-based defendant VoIP Terminator, Inc., Virginia-based defendant BLMarketing, Inc., and the companies’ owner Muhammad Usman Kahn facilitated violation of the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) during their operation as a VoIP service provider.
Specifically, according to the complaint, the defendants…