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MCDANIEL SUES FIVE TELEMARKETING COMPANIES

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Attorney General Dustin McDaniel today filed lawsuits against five Florida-based companies accused of engaging in telemarketing tactics that violated multiple federal and state laws. The five lawsuits, filed in U.S. District Court in Little Rock, claim the defendants made automated, prerecorded calls to Arkansas consumers for the purpose of offering to reduce interest rates on credit cards. According to the ... Read More »

Attorney General DeWine Announces Final Arrest in Telemarketing Land Scam Case

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that the last suspect in a multi-state telemarketing ring is now in custody. Deputies with the Howell County, Missouri, Sheriff’s Office arrested Michael Sweigart last night. Several anonymous tips to the Attorney General’s Office led officers to a home in West Plains, Missouri, where Sweigart went into custody without incident. He had been ... Read More »

Worthless Auto Warranty and Credit Card Interest Reduction Telemarkters Put Out of Business

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The Federal Trade Commission put a robocall operation out of the telemarketing business under a settlement resolving FTC charges that it bombarded consumers with more than two billion calls pitching a variety of products and services, including worthless extended auto warranties and credit card interest rate-reduction programs. The final settlement order against SBN Peripherals, based near Los Angeles, which did ... Read More »

Telelmarketers Charged With Illegal Robocalling By FTC

The Federal Trade Commission is taking action against a telemarketing operation that allegedly made illegal robocalls, called phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry, and masked Caller ID information, in violation of the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule. The FTC’s complaint seeks to make the defendants pay civil penalties and stop the illegal calls. The action is part of ... Read More »

Americall Will Pay $500,000 To Settle FTC Charges

Americall, an Illinois-based telemarketing firm will pay $500,000 civil penalty to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that it interfered with consumers’ requests to be placed on company-specific do not call lists and transmitted deceptive Caller ID names. The FTC alleged that Americall Group, Inc violated the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) in it’s efforts to prevent unwanted telemarketing calls. ... Read More »

FTC Continues TSR Crack Down

As part of its ongoing efforts to crack down on illegal pre-recorded robocalls, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is taking action against an operation that allegedly helped clients make illegal robocalls, call phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry, and mask Caller ID information, in violation of the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule. This conduct generated tens of thousands ... Read More »

Missouri Cracks Down on Selling Financial Services Over the Telephone

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Here are two recent releases out of Missouri that show they are concentrating on financial and debt relief calls to Missouri residents. Get Out of Debt Guy – Twitter, G+, Facebook November 16, 2011 Attorney General Koster obtains restraining order against Florida telemarketer Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today his office has obtained a temporary restraining ... Read More »

Hope Now Schemers Officially Out Of The Mortgage Business

It’s official! The last remaining defendants in an allegedly fraudulent mortgage modification scheme called “Hope Now” have settled with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that will permanently ban them from the mortgage assistance and relief business. They will also be forced to return any fraudulent-earned gains to consumers. The settlement with Michael Kwasnik and his law firm is part of ... Read More »

Scam Recovery Kits Business Continues To Scam Buy Selling Scam Recovery Kits

(Try saying that title ten times fast) In March of this year the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) stepped up it’s efforts against scams that targeted financially strapped consumers with more than 90 actions brought by the commission and its law enforcement partners in a investigation called “Operation Empty Promises.” Within this investigation the FTC looked into Brian Hessler and Business ... Read More »

Transcontinental Warranty Fake Auto-Service Warranties Lands Execs In Prison

After pitching $40 million in fake auto-service warranties two former telemarketing executives are sentenced to five years in prison and a fine of $15,000 each. Christopher Cowart and Cris Sagnelli of Florida pleaded guilty last December to federal fraud charges arising out of the telemarketing sales practices of Transcontinental Warranty, a Florida company selling so called “auto warranties” through robo ... Read More »

Meggie Chapman Grant Writer Scam Leads to Big Fines After Trial

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In response to charges by the Federal Trade Commission and four state attorneys general, a U.S. district court has ordered a defendant who assisted in a wide-ranging government grant scheme to pay $1.68 million, and has banned her from marketing money-making opportunities to consumers. Under the federal court order, Meggie Chapman is ordered to pay a $1.68 million judgment to ... Read More »

It’s Been A Year Since The TSR – What’s Changed With Debt Settlement?

A year ago this month the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) barred debt settlement companies that used telemarketing from accepting up-front fees. Although it’s been an entire year since this change we are still see companies trying sneak in those up-front fees with businesses trying to exploit loopholes. The whole purpose of the Telemarketing Sales Ruling was to help consumers from ... Read More »

Morgan Drexen Won’t Stop Calling Me.

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A reader from Ohio reported the following issues regarding Morgan Drexen telemarketing. “Morgan Drexen. Unless they want to buy me out im filling suit against them very soon. They have been calling non stop to finish our conversation and finish paper work. Even though I have NEVER spoken to them other than my recent calls to tell them to stop ... Read More »

FTC to FCC: Sellers Responsible for Outside Telemarketers

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In a statement made by the FTC to the FCC, the point that end providers are responsible for what outside telemarketers and agents say was reinforced. This is a very important point to keep in mind if you are using a call room or an outside sales force and you are not monitoring what they are telling consumers. A sales ... Read More »

Florida Continues Crackdown on Telemarketing Licenses. Sales Scripts Need to Be Submitted in Advance.

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Last year I wrote about the need for a Florida telemarketing license if you are calling out of or into Florida for clients. Information on how to get a license can be found here. Apparently telephone sales scripts need to be submitted to the department prior to use. At least that’s what some folks found out the hard way. This ... Read More »

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