FTC Sues Int'l Spam Text and Robocalling Operations

Law360, New York (July 29, 2013, 4:11 PM EDT) -- The Federal Trade Commission on Monday accused an international network of Internet “gift card” companies and telemarketers of convincing consumers to share their personal information through misleading, costly prize schemes and then pestering them with illegal robocalls.

In its complaint, filed in Illinois federal court, the FTC alleged that the companies sent unwanted text messages to consumers, many of whom had to pay for receiving the texts. The messages promised consumers free gifts or prizes, including gift cards worth $1,000 to major retailers such as Best...
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