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AG Nessel and Bipartisan National Task Force Issues Warning to Suspected Election Scam AI Robocallers
February 06, 2024
LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, along with her partners on the nationwide Anti-Robocall Multistate Litigation Task Force, has sent a warning letter to a company that allegedly sent New Hampshire residents scam election robocalls during the New Hampshire primary election last month. The calls allegedly used artificial intelligence to impersonate President Joe Biden and discourage voters from participating in the primary.
“Our work on this national, bipartisan robocall task force is stopping incessant and illegal robocallers in their tracks,” said Nessel. “I have made it a priority of my department to hold accountable the companies and bad actors flooding Michigan phones with deceptive, predatory, or illegal robocalls, and our participation in this Task Force strengthens those efforts. What is alleged here in New Hampshire is a surreptitious voter suppression scheme using the widely available AI tools I have worked to warn Michigan residents about encountering, and it must be stopped.”
In their warning letter, AG Nessel and the other 50 bipartisan attorneys general on the Task Force warn Life Corporation (Life Corp) and its owner and executives that they must cease any unlawful call traffic immediately. If they do not, they may be in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Truth in Caller ID Act, and other state consumer protection laws.
The Task Force’s investigation indicates that Life Corp allegedly spoofed their calls to make them appear to be coming from legitimate New Hampshire political party officials. They then proceeded to provide incorrect information about elections and voting to the call recipients.
In addition to this warning letter, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office has issued a cease-and-desist letter against Life Corp as part of its ongoing investigation into the matter. The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau also issued a cease-and-desist letter against Lingo Telecom, which was identified to have originated a portion of these calls for Life Corp, demanding that it immediately stop supporting illegal robocall traffic on its networks.
The Anti-Robocall Multistate Litigation Task Force of 51 bipartisan attorneys general investigates and takes legal action against those responsible for routing significant volumes of illegal robocall traffic into and across the United States.