Companies face Indiana lawsuit for routing illegal robocalls


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana attorney general’s office has sued three companies on allegations that they helped illegally route hundreds of millions of robocalls to U.S. households seeking to carry out a variety of scams.

In the lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in Indiana, the attorney general’s office said the companies facilitated the calls by scam artists operating from India, the Philippines and Singapore. The robocalls allegedly included attempted swindles such as IRS and Social Security Administration imposter scams.

The lawsuit was filed against Startel Communication of Evansville, Indiana; Piratel of Los Alamitos, California; and VoIP Essential of Fremont, California. Piratel says it follows telecommunication industry procedures to identify and stop illegal robocalls.

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