The Federal Trade Commission announced settlements this week that could result in many fewer of those annoying Robocalls we’ve all been receiving. Who did they sanction and what were those companies doing?
NetDotSolutions (James Christiano)
James Christiano ran a company that provided and operated softwarea called “TelWeb,” a call spamming platform. His software violated several laws, including places marketing calls to people on the “Do Not Call” list, and using a spoofed caller id, intending to deceive call recipients.
Jones was also one of those charged in the Point Break Media case, where callers were told to “Press 1 to speak to a Google Specialist” who told them they were about to be “unlisted” from Google and charged them at least $169 to not be deleted from Google search results.
Higher Goals Marketing
Have you had the Robocall about reducing your credit card interest rate? It may have been coming from Higher Goals Marketing. ” According to the FTC’s complaint, Higher Goals Marketing LLC, Sunshine Freedom Services LLC, Brandun L. Anderson, Lea A. Brownell, Melissa M. Deese, Gerald D. Starr, Jr., and Travis L. Teel, have engaged in a telemarketing scheme that has deceived financially distressed consumers nationwide by pitching bogus credit-card interest-rate-reduction services.”
Travis Deloy Peterson
You’ll probably also be familiar with Peterson’s “Veteran scams”. Using many different fake charity names, including Veterans of America, Vehicles for Veterans LLC, Saving Our Soldiers, Donate Your Car, Donate That Car LLC, Act of Valor, and Medal of Honor, Peterson made millions of calls asking people to donate a vehicle to help a veteran. In addition to paying more than a $500,000 fine, Peterson also has to return 88 vehicles that he’s stolen under the guise of a charitable donation.
Point Break Media
Dustin Pillonato; Justin Ramsey; Aaron Michael Jones, a/k/a Michael Aaron Jones and Mike Jones; Ricardo Diaz; Michael Pocker; Steffan Molina, Vincent Yates, and Daniel Carver were all charged individually in the case. Three primary defendants in this case have agreed to settle.
As part of the settlement, the defendants will pay the FTC $3,637,386.57 and agree to forego any further work in the telemarketing industry.
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from CyberCrime & Doing Time authored by Gary Warner, UAB. Read the original post at: http://garwarner.blogspot.com/2019/03/ftc-shutters-four-robocalling-services.html