Federal regulators filed suits Thursday against several companies they say are
behind a national wave of spam "robo-calls" that warn people their auto
warranties are expiring and offer new service plans.
I guess all of the complaints to the FTC were actually worth the time it took to fill out the form. They've identified two companies who have been making these recorded calls and plan on taking them to court over it.
The FTC named Voice Touch Inc. and Transcontinental Warranty Inc. in the
suits. It is seeking injunctions forcing them to return allegedly ill-gotten
Oh, I hope they drain these scam artists dry. I can only imagine how many people have been inconvenienced because of these calls and how many have been suckered into giving these frauds money. It warms the cockles of my heart to see these people dragged into the light and identified after they hid behind their annoying number spoofing for so long.
"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," Leibowitz said. "Either way, we intend to shut them down."
It took some heavy sleuthing to determine what companies were responsible since they made "extraordinary" efforts to conceal their identities by masking their true
phone numbers, he said.
If a consumer received such a call about his car warranty, "there's a very real chance that these guys did it," Leibowitz told reporters in a conference call.
Representatives from Voice Touch and Transcontinental Warranty were not immediately available to comment Thursday afternoon.
Oh, I'll bet they had no comment. The very thought of having to pay back a bunch of money probably has them quaking in their boots right now.