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Two Robocall Telemarketing Scams Shut Down

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September 26, 2013

Two Robocall Telemarketing Scams Shut Down

By Carolyn J Dawson, TMCnet Contributor

Scambook has recently notified the public about the closure of two telemarketing scam organizations by the Federal Trade Commission. The two organizations had been autodialing customers with a pre-recorded message offering decreased credit card rates. The message explained that the intended victims had been accepted for reduction in credit card rates.

In a statement, Kase Chong, director of marketing at Scambook said, “Consumers need to be aware of what the FTC (News - Alert) calls 'Rachel calls,' where recordings of 'Rachel, from Card Services' defrauds consumers out of thousands of dollars in upfront fees without ever providing card services. These so-called 'Rachel calls' are not regular telemarketing calls – robots aren’t allowed to be telemarketers. We applaud the FTC for taking action against these calls.”

Both organizations, Treasure Your Success and Ambrosia Web Design, had similar lawsuits filed against them. They were both enticing consumers with very low interest rates of two or three percent, or were offering a pre-defined amount of interest savings. While the intended victims were required to pay large initial joining fees, the organizations never intended to deliver the guaranteed services.

The FTC has now prohibited these two organizations from carrying out robocalls. They are also not allowed to undertake telemarketing or conduct business with anyone utilizing those tactics. In addition, the FTC has frozen the companies’ assets and has imposed large monetary penalties on the two.

A spokesperson with the FTC said, “The defendants often deceived consumers into thinking defendants were affiliated with a government program. If consumers agreed to sign up, the telemarketer got their credit card information, often charging an illegal advance fee before providing any service.”

Scambook suggests that consumer be cautious when he or she receives such robocalls. It recommends that consumers immediately disconnect upon receiving such a call and, if a consumer is thinking of taking up an offer for the service, to completely study the company background using sites like Scambook before sharing personal or financial information. Consumers are also urged to file complaints with the FTC and Scambook in the event that they have been targeted by fraudulent companies. Such efforts will bring to light the company’s nefarious marketing tactics and will benefit other consumers, as well as legitimate businesses.

Edited by Blaise McNamee

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