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Washington State Attorney General Sues One Of the World’s Biggest Tech Support Providers to Stop Deceptive Scam

Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced a lawsuit against one of the biggest independent tech support providers in the world, iYogi, and its President, Vishal Dhar, to stop a scam that uses deception and scare tactics to pressure consumers into buying unnecessary tech support services. The lawsuit, filed in King County Superior Court, alleges iYogi’s… Read more »

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CRTC executes first inspection warrant as part of telemarketing investigation

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced that it executed an inspection warrant to enter and inspect a property in Brampton, Ontario, on November 24, 2015, as part of an ongoing investigation of a significant telemarketing operation. This company is alleged to be making unauthorized calls to numbers registered on the National Do… Read more »

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ICO Issues Nuisance Calls Fine

The ICO has fined a green energy company, Home Energy & Lifestyle Management Ltd (HELM) £200,000 after ruling it recklessly broke marketing call regulations. An ICO investigation discovered that HELM made over six million calls as part of a massive automated call marketing campaign offering ‘free’ solar panels. This is the largest fine the ICO… Read more »

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FCC Imposes $2.96 Million Fine for Prerecorded Sales Calls

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… Read more »

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FTC Returns Money to Consumers in Credit Card Interest Rate Scam

The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 10,387 checks totaling more than $969,000 to consumers who lost money to a credit card interest rate reduction scam. The FTC sued Innovative Wealth Builders (IWB), a telemarketing operation that falsely promised consumers it could reduce their credit card interest rates and save them thousands of dollars on their… Read more »

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Porter Airlines Inc. agrees to pay $150,000 for allegedly violating Canada’s anti-spam law

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced that Porter Airlines Inc. has agreed to pay $150,000 as part of an undertaking for alleged violations of Canada’s anti-spam legislation. Once made aware of the investigation by the CRTC, Porter Airlines was cooperative and immediately took corrective actions to comply with the legislation. Read more… Read more »

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Montreal‑Based Deceptive Telemarketers Sentenced

June 23, 2015 — OTTAWA, ON — Competition Bureau Three Montreal‑based telemarketers have been sentenced by the Court of Québec for their role in a deceptive telemarketing operation that sold business directories, subscriptions to online directories, office supplies and first aid kits using misleading sales techniques that targeted thousands of businesses in Canada, the United… Read more »

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