MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – Investigators in Wisconsin and across the country have announced that an operation that inundated people with deceptive calls and fake fundraising has been shut down.
Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul announced the Wisconsin Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission and officials in 37 states have put a stop to robocalls from Associated Community Services.
According to the Wisconsin DOJ, nearly 43 million fraudulent calls were made in the state over a three year period – from January of 2016 to August of 2019. Officials add those calls were made to 1.6 million unique numbers, saying many of those calls were made repeatedly to the same phone numbers.
The online case summary states that nation wide, the operation contacted 67 million consumers with 1.3 billion deceptive charitable fundraising calls, adding most of them were illegal robocalls. According to the summary, the defendants collected more…