One billion robocalls net $10 million in telemarketing scam

The perpetrators of a mega telemarketing scheme many of us have been exposed to, have been identified and targeted by the Federal Trade Commission ((FTC) in a suit filed in in federal court.

Four people are alleged to be responsible for more than $10 million in telemarketing scams. The deceptive “robocalls” are part of an effort aimed at consumers to sell them vehicle service contracts for between $2,000 and $3,000, under the guise that they are extensions of original warranties, which are falsely portrayed as “about to expire.”

Court documents name Christopher Cowart, James and Maureen Dunne, and Damian Kohlfield as those responsible for the automated “robocall” schemes that have sent out more than 1 billion telephone calls since 2007, according to a FOX News report.

“This is one of the most aggressive telemarketing schemes the FTC has ever encountered,” said Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz. “I’m not sure which is worse, the abusive telemarketing tactics of these companies, or the way they try to deceive people once they get them on the phone. Either way, we intend to shut them down.”

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One Response to One billion robocalls net $10 million in telemarketing scam

  1. Jack says:

    I read his lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, which I imagine is the state where this scam originated. I can’t even begin to count the calls I received from these creeps. I eventually stopped hanging up and pushed “1’ for the “specialist.” Each time I asked for my name and number to be removed from the call list, I was either hung up on or laughed at. I’m glad to see the FTC is going after these goons.

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