It’s something most Georgians are impacted by daily — robocalls. Whether it’s a call saying your warranty has expired or an issue with a bank account you don’t have, AARP says the Atlanta area is the No. 1 place in the country for spam calls.
Now, the Anti-Robocall Litigation Task Force, which was formed in August, is taking action against two voice service providers for their illegal involvement in illegal robocalls.
Attorney General Chris Carr said the task force is taking action against Michael Lansky LLC, which was doing business as Avid Telecom, and One Eye LLC.
“We are working to crack down on the rogue providers that are helping to push illegal robocalls and putting Georgians at risk of falling victim to a scam,” Carr said. “This is just the beginning of our efforts as part of the newly-formed Anti-Robocall Litigation Task Force, and we are committed to putting a stop to these deceitful tactics.”
The Anti-Robocall Litigation Task Force comprises 51 attorneys general who are working together to crack down on illegal phone calls.
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“The enforcement action against One Eye details how an individual named Prince Anand closed another voice service provider, PZ Telecommunication LLC, and became the apparent CEO of One Eye. This transition occurred after the Federal Communications Commission sent PZ Telecom a cease-and-desist letter,” the Attorney General’s Office said in a news release Tuesday. “One Eye has stopped responding to the task force, and Avid has refused to answer the CID. The State of Indiana has moved to enforce these CIDs in Marion County, Indiana.”
According to the National Consumer Law Center and Electronic Privacy Information Center, more than 33 million scam robocalls are made to Americans every day.
The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division said these are some ways Georgians can avoid scams and unwanted calls:
Be wary of callers who specifically ask you to pay by gift card, wire transfer or cryptocurrency. For example, the Internal Revenue Service does not accept iTunes gift cards.
Look out for prerecorded calls from imposters posing as government agencies. Typically, the Social Security Administration does not make phone calls to individuals.
If you suspect fraudulent activity, immediately hang up and do not provide any personal information.
If you believe you may have fallen victim to a scam, you can contact the Consumer Protection Division by calling 404-651-8600 or file a complaint online.
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