update on the "warranty" robocalls [telecom]

Well, the FTC didn't listen to me. Nor to gazillions of complaints people made. But a week after Sen. Schumer called them up...

------- [from the FTC web page]

For Release: 05/14/2009

FTC Files Suit to Stop Illegal Robocalls Pushing Vehicle Warranty Extensions

Companies Charged With Making Hundreds of Millions of Deceptive Calls to Consumers

The Federal Trade Commission is asking a federal court to shut down a telemarketing campaign that has been bombarding U.S. consumers with hundreds of millions of allegedly deceptive "robocalls" in an effort to sell them vehicle service contracts under the guise that they are extensions of original vehicle warranties.

In two related complaints filed in federal court, the Commission took action against both the promoter of the phony extended auto warranties, as well as the telemarketing company that it hired to carry out its illegal, deceptive campaign. In its complaints, the agency contends that the companies are operating a massive telemarketing scheme that uses random, pre-recorded phone calls to deceive consumers into thinking that their vehicle's warranty is about to expire...


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