FTC Takes Action to Stop Massive Robocalling Operations

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on February 24, 2012

News release: “As part of the Federal Trade Commission’s ongoing efforts to crack down on illegal, prerecorded “robocalls,” the FTC is taking legal action to stop two operations that allegedly enabled telemarketers to place hundreds of millions of illegal prerecorded calls to consumers around the country, including many who had registered their phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry. The FTC’s complaints, here and here, in both cases allege that the defendants offered “self-service” voice broadcasting – a service that makes it easy for marketers who have no telecommunications expertise to deliver tens of millions of robocalls for pennies a call. The defendants arranged for marketers to deliver prerecorded sales pitches by uploading a recorded message and list of telephone numbers through web sites owned by the defendants that would then dial each uploaded phone number and play the designated prerecorded message.”

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