FTC Shuts Down Two Robocall Telemarketing Operations
The Federal Trade Commission has long battled with telemarketers on the issue of “robocalling”: the process of using pre-recorded messages to entice consumers to do such things as buy a product or consolidate their credit card debt. Recently, the organization was able to shut down two more robocall operations in the United States.
Justin Ramsey and Aaron Michael Jones are the primary defendants in two separate cases involving the FTC. They have both already been sued by state attorneys for their telemarketing operations, but the fines from the FTC will be more severe. The organization has ordered both parties to immediately stop making robocalls as well as calling people on the Do Not Call Registry in accordance with the law. The defendants will pay $1.4 million and $9.9 million, respectively, along with $500,000 in fines as a result of their actions.
In the Justin Ramsey case, the FTC found the company had made millions of automated phone calls in a short period of time. During a single week in July 2012, the defendants made 1.3 million illegal phone calls, and 80% of those were to people on the Do Not Call list. The FTC reports these groups have been operating this way since 2012, around the time they had a similar bust for five major robocalling operations.
The Aaron Jones case is even more extensive. This organization made automated calls from March 2009 to May 2016 at a much larger volume. In the first quarter of 2014, the FTC found 329 million robocalls from Jones’ associates, and 10% of those were on the Do Not Call Registry.