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The Federal Communications Commission said it is preparing to block a phone company that carried illegal robocalls pushing fake programs that promised to wipe out consumers’ tax debt. Veriwave Telco “has not complied with FCC call blocking rules for providers suspected of carrying illegal traffic” and now has two weeks to contest an order that would require all downstream voice providers to block all of the telco’s call traffic, the FCC announced yesterday.
Robocalls sent in the months before tax filing season “purported to provide information about a ‘National Tax Relief Program’ and, in some instances, also discussed a ‘Tax Dismissal Program,'” the FCC order said. “The [Enforcement] Bureau has found no evidence of the existence of either program. Many of the messages further appealed to recipients with the offer to ‘rapidly clear’ their tax debt.”
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