The Federal Communications Commission announced a $2.96 million fine against Travel Club Marketing, Inc., its related companies, and the companies’ owner Olen Miller. Travel Club Marketing, based in Tampa, Florida, made or initiated at least 185 “robocalls,” all of which were unsolicited, prerecorded advertising calls to over 142 consumers who had not consented to the robocalls and the majority of whom had placed their telephone number on the National Do-Not-Call Registry. This is the largest forfeiture order the Commission has issued for robocalling violations.
“It is unacceptable to invade consumers’ privacy by bombarding them with unwanted and intrusive robocalls,” said Travis LeBlanc, Chief of the FCC Enforcement Bureau. “All companies, and their owners, who thwart the Do-Not-Call list should expect to face severe consequences.”
The Enforcement Bureau reviewed complaints from consumers who had received unwanted prerecorded calls to residential and cell phone lines promoting travel deals, free vacations, and time-shares. In addition, many of these consumers had sought to prevent unwanted telemarketing calls by placing their telephone numbers on the National Do-Not-Call Registry.
Full story available on the FCC’s website.