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FCC proposes $37.5M fine against Tucson telemarketing company

Posted: 2:42 PM, Sep 26, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-26 20:55:46Z

The Federal Communications Commission proposed a $37.5 million fine against a Tucson company that allegedly spoofed peoples' phone numbers to make telemarketing calls.

The fine is the FCC's first major enforcement action against a company for the practice of spoofing.

The FCC says the company, Affordable Enterprises, made more than 2.3 million spoofed calls in a 14-month span that started in 2016. The calls attempted to sell remodeling services.

The calls appeared on caller ID to come from phone numbers that were either unassigned or assigned to prepaid phones.

One victim received more than five calls a day from people complaining about calls they thought she had made.

The company will get the opportunity to respond to the proposal, and the FCC will consider the response before enforcing the fine.