FTC, Florida Target Robocalling Operation

The Federal Trade Commission and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi (R.) have brought a complaint against an illegal robocalling operation, and convinced a federal district court to stop the operation – Life Management Services of Orange County LLC – from making illegal robocalls and selling its services pending an upcoming hearing. The FTC and Florida AG allege that company and its affiliates have been utilizing illegal robocalls and other deceptive practices in an effort to sell consumers bogus credit-card interest rate reduction and debt relief services. Calls were made to hundreds of thousands of consumers in the United States, including consumers whose names are on the federal do-not call list. The complaint alleges that the illegal scheme tricked consumers out of more than $15.6 million since at least January 2013.

“This is the latest effort by the FTC and our international, state, and federal law enforcement partners to stop illegal robocalling operations that harass consumers day and night with unwanted calls,” said Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. According to the complaint filed with the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the agencies charge Life Management and its various affiliates with violating the Federal Trade Commission Act, the Telemarketing Sales Rule, and the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.  The agencies are seeking a permanent injunction to ban the companies from operating, as well as refunds for the affected consumers. – Carrie DeLeon, carrie.deleon@wolterskluwer.com

Courtesy TRDaily