FTC Charges Two Telemarketers Who Placed Millions of Phone Calls

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charged two telemarketing operations. They allegedly placed millions of unsolicited illegal calls to pitch education programs to innocent people who were looking for jobs.

The FTC named Day Pacer, and LLC and Edutrek as the charged. They allege that the companies had a relationship with websites that would offer people in many different areas such as Medicaid, employment, health insurance, benefits, and many other forms of assistance.

The FTC alleges that consumers who wanted these services were required to enter detailed personal information including telephone numbers. But instead of getting help, the consumers were now getting calls from telemarketers who were selling vocational and post-secondary education products.

Andrew Smith, director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection, “And they cannot rely on affiliate websites that use fine print and other deceptive tactics to lure consumers.”

Although there is nothing illegal about selling leads, consumers need to be made aware of the relationship between the two parties. Many who went on to sign up for these telemarketer phone calls is because they signed deceptive “agree” forms.

The FTC warns those looking for help with government issues such as benefits should just go down to the public brand offices.

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FTC Charges Two Telemarketers Who Placed Millions of Phone Calls

Photo (c) anyaberkut – Getty Images

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charged two telemarketing operations. They allegedly placed millions of unsolicited illegal calls to pitch education programs to innocent people who were looking for jobs.

The FTC named Day Pacer, and LLC and Edutrek as the charged. They allege that the companies had a relationship with websites that would offer people in many different areas such as Medicaid, employment, health insurance, benefits, and many other forms of assistance.

The FTC alleges that consumers who wanted these services were required to enter detailed personal information including telephone numbers. But instead of getting help, the consumers were now getting calls from telemarketers who were selling vocational and post-secondary education products.

Andrew Smith, director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection, “And they cannot rely on affiliate websites that use fine print and other deceptive tactics to lure consumers.”

Although there is nothing illegal about selling leads, consumers need to be made aware of the relationship between the two parties. Many who went on to sign up for these telemarketer phone calls is because they signed deceptive “agree” forms.

The FTC warns those looking for help with government issues such as benefits should just go down to the public brand offices.

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