FTC and Law Enforcement Crackdown on Debt Relief Robocalls

The Federal Trade Commission and its law enforcement partners today announced a major crackdown on illegal robocalls, including 94 actions targeting operations around the country that are responsible for more than one billion calls pitching a variety of products and services including credit card interest rate reduction services, money-making opportunities, and medical alert systems. Call … Read more

Florida Attorney General and FTC Slam the Door on Ring That Pitched U.S. Consumers Worthless Credit Card Rate Reduction Programs

At the request of the Federal Trade Commission and the Florida Office of the Attorney General, a federal district court judge has entered eight orders against an intertwined web of Orlando-based individuals and companies that bombarded consumers with illegal robocalls from “Card Member Services,” pitching worthless credit card interest rate reduction programs. In addition to … Read more

FTC and Ten State Attorneys General Take Action Against Political Survey Robocallers Pitching Cruise Line Vacations to the Bahamas

Settling Defendants to Pay More Than $500,000 in Penalties for Billions of Illegal Robocalls The Federal Trade Commission and 10 state attorneys general have taken action against a Florida-based cruise line company and seven other companies that assisted a massive telemarketing campaign resulting in billions of robocalls. The FTC and state partners allege that that … Read more

A Fraudster’s Weapon of Choice: Your Phone

Phones are one of the few things people keep close by at nearly all times, and there are millions of people and companies using that to their advantage, including criminals. Phone calls are increasingly the most common way fraudsters contact potential victims — more than email or other online scams combined — according to a … Read more

Credit Repair Group Robocalling is Harassment. – Nancy

“Dear Steve, While desperately searching the Internet for help with a Robo Caller, Credit Repair Group, I came across your article. Thru NO FAULT of ours, we’ve been harassed by this Company since last June. I have well documented every call with both my Caller ID, as well as, my answering machine. My Husband and … Read more

Bullshit Extended Auto Warranty Robocaller Banned for Life by FTC

American consumers won’t be getting any more telemarketing pitches from robocaller Fereidoun “Fred” Khalilian, under a settlement reached by the Federal Trade Commission. Khalilian has agreed to be permanently banned from the telemarketing business in order to settle FTC charges that he and his company allegedly used pre-recorded robocalls to sell consumers auto service contracts. … Read more

Auto Warranty Robocaller To Pay $2.3 Million, Sell Mercedes For Consumer Redress

One of the telemarketers who blasted U.S. consumers with millions of illegal auto “warranty” robocalls last year will pay approximately $2.3 million, give up his Mercedes, and be barred from telemarketing, under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission that wraps up the agency’s case against the deceptive operation. In sum, the FTC is collecting … Read more

Avoid Automated Calls Promising to Reduce Interest Rates

FTC Warns Against Credit Card Interest Rate Reduction Scams U.S. consumers are being inundated with prerecorded “robocalls” from companies claiming they can negotiate lower credit card interest rates – for a fee. The Federal Trade Commission urges extreme skepticism about these offers, because many of them are fraudulent. In a new consumer alert, Credit Card … Read more