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General News    H4'ed 3/27/19

In fighting 'scourge of illegal robocalls,' FTC Wins Serious Judgments Against Some of the Worst; More to Go!

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'Under court orders announced today defendants are banned from robocalling and telemarketing activities, including those using an automatic dialer, and will pay significant financial judgments,' FTC said Tuesday. 'The defendant in one of these cases provided the software platform that resulted in more than one billion illegal robocalls.'

Pointbreak sent robocalls claiming to be from Google “data service providers” or “authorized Google My Business agencies.”

The calls told small business owners that they were about to be listed as “permanently closed” in Google’s search results, then asked for hundreds of dollars to keep the listing online. 

If a business paid up, Pointbreak would ask for  higher rates to optimize its search ranking.

The settlements bar these companies from running other robocall operations and impose fines that range from roughly $500,000 to $3.64 million.

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I own an art gallery in Santa Fe.


I get at least 30 robocalls a day, which are always terrible interruptions, and I am glad to see that some of the worst that harassed me are among those cited, fined, and put out of business by the FTC.


The phony google guys threatening to remove your google listing and the ones telling "this is your last chance to pay back your student loan" were the worst. Many more to go!


I plan to write the FTC commissioners personal letters expressing my thanks.

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Robocalls scamming people are a clear sign that lying and stealing are an integral part of the American culture. I get calls, even threatening ones saying the I owe taxes and am about to be arrested if I do not send money immediately. I get only about six or seven robocall per day. I have a longish message that I hope wastes their time.


The time I checked the FCC website in order to complain it was pure garbage, almost impossible to use, typical of a dumping place for complaints, intentionally time intensive to use, and totally ignored. How much is stolen from tech frightened seniors? As I senior in this country, I fear getting victimized far more by unregulated capitalism, with its blinders hiding theft and fraud, than I do about any foreign threat.

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Thank you.


And despite FTC's announcement, I got another two just this morning threatening to shut down my google listing. It is all quite insane. There are statutes (federal) which allow suits for up to $1500 per call, and the lawyer gets a third.


This video is a commissioner tell you what to do about robocalls.



What To Do If You Get a Robocall | Federal Trade Commission Kati Daffin, attorney at the Federal Trade Commission, explains what a robocall is, when they are illegal, and gives consumers tips on what to do when they get ...
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Good luck trying to find a solution to this.

These calls are often made from outside the country and the IDs are spoofed to appear from somewhere else, should they even display a normal-looking phone number.

Every country has the same problem trying to nail these scammers, in that, governments are not willing to pursue the foreign offenders, saying they're out of the jurisdiction of the law.

And, though the technology exists within the phone system to absolutely shut out the scammers, service providers are unwilling to offer customers the option, as the present situation benefits them as well.

There has been a collective unwillingness among all those who could put a stop to it. It's just another wonderful "bi-product" of corporate capture.

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