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Media Contact: 
Will Wiquist, (202) 418-0509
For Immediate Release
Timeshare Robocaller Apparently Made Almost 100 Million Illegally-Spoofed Calls
WASHINGTON, June 22, 2017 – The Federal Communications Commission today proposed a 
$120 million fine against an individual who apparently made almost 100 million spoofed 
robocalls in violation of the Truth in Caller ID Act. The law prohibits callers from deliberately 
falsifying caller ID information to disguise their identity with the intent to harm or defraud 
Mr. Adrian Abramovich of Miami, Florida apparently made 96 million spoofed robocalls during 
a three-month period. Mr. Abramovich’s operation apparently made the spoofed calls in order to 
trick unsuspecting consumers into answering and listening to his advertising messages.  The 
proposed fine is based on 80,000 spoofed calls that the Commission has verified.  
Consumers reported receiving calls that appeared to come from local numbers but, if they 
answered, they heard an automated message prompting them to “Press 1” to hear about 
“exclusive” vacation deals from well-known travel and hospitality companies such as Marriott, 
Expedia, Hilton and TripAdvisor.  Consumers who did press the button were then transferred to 
foreign call centers where live operators attempted to sell vacation packages often involving 
timeshares. The call centers were not affiliated with the well-known travel and hospitality 
companies mentioned in the recorded message. 
TripAdvisor contacted the FCC in 2016 after receiving complaints from consumers claiming the 
company had been robocalling them. TripAdvisor independently investigated these complaints 
and identified Abramovich as the source.  In addition, Sp?k, a medical paging provider that 
serves hospitals, emergency rooms, and physicians, complained to Commission staff that an 
illegal robocalling campaign was disrupting its network.  From the information provided by Sp?k, 
the Commission traced the calls to Adrian Abramovich.  The FCC also received numerous 
consumer complaints that appeared to be in response to calls made by Mr. Abramovich.  
Mr. Abramovich apparently used what has been called “neighbor spoofing” in hopes of gaining 
the trust of those receiving the call and increasing the likelihood of their answering.  Neighbor 
spoofing takes place when the caller falsifies the caller ID to match the area code and first three 
digits of the recipient’s phone number, instead of the caller’s number or the number where the 
call was actually originating.  The FCC received numerous consumer complaints about this
practice.  For example, one consumer stated:  “I have daily – sometimes multiple times [a] day –
inbound spoofed calls (same area code and prefix as my own phone number) purporting to be 
from [Marriott] . . .”
The Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009 and the Commission’s rules prohibit spoofing with the intent 
to cause harm, defraud, or wrongfully obtain anything of value.  Consumers rely on caller ID 
information to make decisions about what calls to accept, ignore, or block. Accurate caller ID 
information is a vital tool that consumers use to protect their privacy, avoid fraud, and ensure 
peace of mind.  
Earlier today, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau also issued a citation to Mr. Abramovich for 
apparent violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act’s robocall limits and the federal 
wire fraud statute.  Under the Act, the Commission must first provide a warning—in the form of a 
citation—to TCPA violators if the person or entity in question does not possess a license or 
authorization issued by the FCC.  If these violations continue, they may be subject to additional
Action by the Commission June 22, 2017 by Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (FCC 17-
80). Chairman Pai and Commissioner Clyburn approving. Commissioner O’Rielly concurring. 
Chairman Pai and Commissioner Clyburn issuing separate statements.
More information on caller ID spoofing is available here:
Consumer complaints are an essential tool in the FCC’s enforcement efforts.  To file a complaint 
with the FCC, go to, call (888) 225-5322 for voice, (888) 
835-5322 for TTY; fax (866) 418-0232; or by writing us at:  Federal Communications 
Commission, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Consumer Inquiries and Complaints 
Division, 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20554.
Office of Media Relations: (202) 418-0500
ASL Videophone: 1-844-432-2275
TTY: (888) 835-5322
Twitter: @FCC
This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action.  Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes 
official action.  See MCI v. FCC, 515 F.2d 385 (D.C. Cir. 1974).