America's Federal Communications Commission, the FCC, has fined a man they say placed 100 million robocalls. A robocall is a telephone call that is made by a computer . The software can make thousands of calls at a . The FCC fined the man a $120 million because they say he posed a threat to public . The FCC says the man's calls were because many of them were made to "critical emergency phone lines". The FCC said many other calls went to mobile phones and telephones without the person being called wanting that call. This means the call was a nuisance call - a bit like e-mail, which is also unwanted and .
The FCC said the man committed a serious and carried out, "one of the largest and most illegal robocalling campaigns that the Commission has ever investigated". The man made 96 million robocalls during a three-month in 2016 as a part of a "telemarketing ". He used a called "neighbor spoofing" to get people to answer the . This technique tricks people into thinking the calls are from a telephone number. The man also tricked people into believing that the calls were from well-known airlines, and travel companies. Callers were instead passed on to call that tried to sell them property. The man said he has done nothing .