Consumer Watchdog

Robocalls cyber gang shut down by FCC after years of scams

'Royal Tiger' gang used artificial intelligence to impersonate banks, utilities and government offices, FCC says

Tara Winstead via | Used by permission

We knew it was just a matter of time. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has, for the first time, identified what it calls “a cyber gang” that has used artificial intelligence to scam an unknown number of people through robocalls. The group has been ordered by the FCC to cease and desist making illegal robocalls.

The group of voice providers has been named Royal Tiger. The companies cited in the FCC’s advisory have a history of generating and transmitting illegal robocalls, often impersonating banks, utilities and government offices, the regulator said. As such, they constitute a “Consumer Communications Information Services Threat” (C-CIST), the FCC said. 

At least 15 companies were named in the advisory, aimed at alerting other voice providers to block calls from any of these companies from traveling on their lines. When any call is made from one phone number to another, it usually will travel through many companies’ transmission lines, sort of like a relay race where the baton is handed off to the next runner.

The group named by the FCC includes individuals and companies in several countries, including India, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Royal Tiger’s U.S-based providers include Illum Telecommunication Limited of New York, PZ Telecommunication LLC of California and One Eye LLC of Delaware.

Anyone who suspects any person or company associated with Royal Tiger has committed a violation of consumer protection laws should notify the FCC. Send an email to: [email protected], file a complaint online at or call 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322). Notices can also be mailed to: Federal Communications Commission, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Consumer Inquiries and Complaints Division, 45 L Street NE, Washington, DC 20554.


  • Don’t engage with unexpected calls, texts, emails or computer pop-ups.
  • If you think a call, text, email or letter could be legitimate, call the relative or company or government office using contact information you look up independently and know is correct.
  • Never pay someone you weren’t expecting to pay through gift card numbers or money through Zelle, Venmo, CashApp or another instant payment option. 
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