Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is warning consumers about an increase in robocall complaints and, apparently, scams.
Bondi and the Federal Trade Commission took legal action this week to shut down two scams involving robocalls targeting Floridians. Bondi also points to the Federal Communications Commission formal ruling issued Friday to further tighten laws related to robocalling.
One reason for the increase in the number of robocall complaints could be advances in technology that allow companies to make up to 1,000 robocalls every minute, she said. Generally only non-profits and political organizations are allowed to make robocalls. Companies that have obtained written consent from their customers are also allowed to send prerecorded telephone messages.
Scammers hide behind robocalls to take advantage of consumers and to disguise their identities, but these tactics will not work in Florida. My consumer protection investigators are diligent in their efforts to track down the sources of these illegal calls and to hold the individuals profiting from them accountable, said Attorney General Bondi.
Bondi will be reaching out directly to consumers this week via Twitter with tips to avoid robocalls scams. To follow the social media campaign, click here.
Last week, a federal court froze the assets of a nationwide debt relief telemarketing scam that allegedly stole millions from consumers, pending resolution of allegations made by the Federal Trade Commission and the state of Florida.
The complaint named Steven D. Short and his wife, Karissa L. Dyar, as defendants, and their companies, E.M. Systems & Services LLC, Administrative Management & Design LLC, Empirical Data Group Technologies LLC, Epiphany Management Systems LLC, KLS Industries LLC, Christopher C. Miles and his telemarketing company, One Easy Solution LLC.
The scammers allegedly used a variety of phony business names with associated websites, cold-called consumers with credit card debt and falsely promised that, for an upfront fee between $695 and $1,495, they would save them thousands of dollars by reducing their credit card interest rate.