Less than a month after holding a “Robocall Summit” and announcing a $50,000 cash prize for a technical solution that can automatically block robocalls placed to landline and mobile telephone numbers, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced two enforcement actions against robocallers.
In the most recent enforcement action, which was announced on November 1, the FTC alleged that five companies located in Arizona and Arkansas made millions of illegal robocalls to consumers. These calls from “Card Services” allegedly offered to reduce the interest rates on consumers’ credit cards in exchange for an upfront fee.
The FTC alleges that these companies violated the Telemarketing Sales Rule by misrepresenting their services, calling numbers on the Do Not Call Registry and collecting upfront fees for providing debt relief services. The FTC also alleges that four of the five companies violated the FTC Act.
The FTC’s press release also highlights the Commission’s close coordination with a number of state and local consumer protection and law enforcement agencies in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Missouri and West Virginia.
The drumbeat of the FTC’s robocall-related activity over the past month makes it clear that companies engaged in robocalling and the technology that enables such calls are squarely in the FTC’s crosshairs.
Click here to read the FTC’s press release announcing the enforcement actions and to access the complaints filed by the FTC.