Illegal Foreign Robocall Router Faces Legal Action

Sources confirm that the Indiana attorney general’s office has sued three companies — including one that operated from a trailer park — on allegations that they helped illegally route hundreds of millions of robocalls to U.S. households seeking to carry out a variety of scams.

In the lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in Indiana, the attorney general’s office said the companies facilitated the calls by scam artists operating from India, the Philippines and Singapore. The robocalls allegedly included attempted swindles such as IRS and Social Security Administration imposter scams, fraudulent Apple computer support calls and fake Amazon subscription contacts.

An Evansville, Indiana-based company named Startel Communication LLC, which had its business address in a trailer park, acted as a gateway for the overseas calls to enter the country, state Attorney General Todd Rokita said.

That now-defunct business arranged with two California telecommunications companies to route the robocalls throughout the country, Rokita said. The lawsuit blames Piratel LLC of Los Alamitos, California, for routing at least 3.1 million robocalls to Indiana numbers alone and that VoIP Essential LLC of Fremont, California, routed 1.3 million calls to Indiana.
“Both companies in California knew Startel was sending robocalls against Indiana and federal law, and both companies were each paid more than $100,000 to look the other way,” Rokita said.

Piratel said in a statement that it follows telecommunication industry procedures and worked with federal and state governments to identify and stop illegal robocalls. The company said it had not reviewed the lawsuit and declined to comment on its allegations. The companies involved potentially face billions of dollars in fines because of the large number of calls involved, the lawsuit said.

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