The FCC has Fined Robocallers $208 Million… and Collected $6,790

The FCC has Fined Robocallers $208 Million… and Collected $6,790

Since 2015, the Federal Communications Commission has ordered robocallers and phone spammers to pay $208 million in fines for “telephone solicitation violations”. According to records, so far, the government has only collected $6,790 of that $208 million. An FCC spokesman said they don’t have the authority to enforce the orders they issue. The Justice Department has the power to collect the fines, so everything has been turned over to them.  Another issue in collecting money for the fines is that some of the robocallers are small operations and they aren’t able to pay the full penalties. According to Hiya, an app that blocks robocalls, there were 26.3 billion unwanted robocalls made to U.S. cell phones in 2018. Another service, called YouMail, puts the number of unwanted and illegal robocalls made in the U.S. last year even higher, at nearly 48 billion.