Indiana AG Rokita files lawsuit against robocall scammers

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Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita is suing a former Evansville telecommunications company that allegedly operated as a gateway for foreign robocalling scammers.

Startel Communication LLC allegedly helped robocallers from India, the Philippines and Singapore make more than 4.8 million calls to Hoosiers and hundreds of millions of calls to other states, Rokita said Thursday.

The robocallers allegedly operated several scams, including IRS and Social Security Administration imposter calls, legal action or arrest, computer support scams, Apple support scams and Amazon subscription scams.

The investigation started about a year and a half ago, stemming from consumer complaints to his office, Rokita said.

The suit also includes California companies Piratel LLC, which routed 3.1 million of the robocalls, and VoIP Essential LLC, which routed 1.5 million of the robocalls. Rokita said both companies knew Startel was sending robocalls, and they were each paid more than $100,000 to look the other way.

Rokia said the companies committed millions of violations of Indiana and federal law. Fines against them could total billions of dollars.

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3 thoughts on “Indiana AG Rokita files lawsuit against robocall scammers

  1. Next, I’d like to see Todd go after WinRed, who spams me daily with pleas to donate to Trump-friendly politicians.

    And believe me, it is IMPOSSIBLE to get off the list.

  2. Thank you, Todd, for using your office to fight for the common good. I would be really pleased if you’d also cut out the purely political, headline-grabbing legal ploys that seem to consume a lot of your time…but I’m glad for one small victory at least.