Miami, Dec. 6 Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody filed a lawsuit Monday against a Miami company for facilitating an “avalanche” of fraudulent robocalls being broadcast into the United States from overseas.
The Florida Attorney General’s Office sued the company SmartBiz Telecom LLC for unfair and deceptive business practices in Florida and the Telephone Consumer Protection and Telemarketing Sales Act, among others, in order to impose “injunctive relief and civil penalties” on this company. Could
“The defendants helped facilitate the transmission of millions of automated calls from overseas to the United States,” Moody’s said in a statement, adding that the company “was warned numerous times about these harmful actions, but refused to stop.” done.”
For this reason, the prosecutor’s office is asking a court to “shut down” the company and force those responsible to “pay compensation to consumers who have been victims of scams involving these automated calls abroad”.
The lawsuit alleges that SmartBizz, which operates as a voice-over-Internet Protocol telephone service, transmitted “apparent fraudulent telephone traffic”, such as calls to 911 (the emergency hotline), and “Benefiting from Illegal Fraudulent Messages.”
The Industry Traceback Group (ITG), a neutral consortium appointed by the Federal Communications Commission, has warned the company more than 250 times since 2020 that “scam calls sent by the company have bombarded people in the United States.”
According to the complaint, despite warnings, SmartBiz allegedly continued to help scammers reach potential victims.
ITG records show that Smartbiz is “one of the most prolific transmitters of illegal ‘robocalls’ in the country”; In fact, it is associated with more illegal “robocalls” than approximately 98% of other companies in the telecommunications industry.