A recent crackdown by the Federal Trade Commission revealed that robocall operations out of Virginia and other states were tied to large illegal organizations. This most recent action by the FTC targeted groups that tried to sell fake products, multilevel marketing schemes or real products marketed using illegal tactics. The crackdown provides the clearest picture yet of the people and structures behind these illegal activities.
A common way for robocalls to proliferate is through a multilevel marketing scheme. Founders of these schemes push packages on to their members, and they promise that these packages will lead to large amounts of revenue with practically no effort. Members of a franchising scheme reportedly made thousands of dollars per week while one of the founders claimed to earn more than $6 million. It's unclear how much money was made in one particular scheme. The defendant's attorneys declined to comment.