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FTC Crackdown Stops Operations Responsible for Billions of Illegal Robocall


David H. Lipman
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FTC Crackdown Stops Operations Responsible for Billions of Illegal Robocalls

 

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Four separate operations responsible for bombarding consumers nationwide with billions of unwanted and illegal robocalls pitching auto warranties, debt-relief services, home security systems, fake charities, and Google search results services have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they violated the FTC Act and the agency’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR), including its Do Not Call (DNC) provisions.

The settlements are part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to combat the scourge of illegal robocalls. Under the court orders announced today, the defendants are banned from robocalling and most telemarketing activities, including those using an automatic dialer, and will pay significant financial judgments. The defendant in one of these cases provided the software platform that resulted in more than one billion illegal robocalls.

“We have brought dozens of cases targeting illegal robocalls, and fighting unwanted calls remains one of our highest priorities,” said Andrew Smith, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “We also have great advice on call-blocking services and how to reduce unwanted calls at www.consumer.FTC.gov.”

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A lot of robocalls try to record your voice for later use in scam messages or political campaigns, so whenever I receive one I try to say something humorous that would make no sense within the context of whatever their scam message is going to be. Things like "Job's done, boss. Where do you want it?" in an oldschool mafioso voice, or "This is an illegal robocall." in a monotone text-to-speech-like voice.

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