FTC shuts down multi-million dollar phone scam

What do you say to a group of thieves that steal more than $20 million from tens of thousands of older consumers? The FTC says, “Gotcha!”

The FTC filed a lawsuit in federal court to stop a multi-million dollar cross-border telemarketing operation led by Ari Tietolman. The FTC alleged that phone scammers in the U.S. and Canada pitched bogus fraud protection, legal protection, and pharmaceutical benefit services in a ruse to steal money from unsuspecting seniors. According to the FTC’s complaint, the scammers used scare tactics and outright lies to get consumers’ bank account information. Sometimes the scammers impersonated bankers or government officials and told consumers their accounts were at risk. The FTC alleges that, once the scammers had the bank information, they withdrew money from the victims’ accounts without their knowledge.

A federal judge granted the FTC’s request to halt the scam and freeze the defendants’ assets pending the outcome of the FTC’s lawsuit.

Telemarketing scammers are good at what they do, but you can take action to counter them and help others from becoming a victim:

  • Recognize the signs of telemarketing fraud, like callers who ask for money first or who want to know your bank account, credit card or Social Security number. Share the warning signs with family, friends, and co-workers.
  • Report the calls to the FTC. Complaints matter at the FTC; they help drive agency investigations and cases just like the one against First Consumers.
  • Sign up for the National Do Not Call Registry. You can register online or call toll-free 1-888-382-1222 from the number you wish to register. You’ll get fewer telemarketing calls within 31 days of registering your number.
  • Subscribe to our blog for consumer news and scam alerts, and share the information.
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Thanks for this warning. Every scam, deception, and fraudulent information these scammers used is welcome to the consumers. We must be alert to any phone calls and what they asked of us concerning our personal information. Thanks for the info.

They are still at the scam.

They sure are. They've been calling my house every week day for a week.

YES, they have called us. They are simply switching tactics.

They called me today, 8/26/2014.

they called me today

These phone calls have not stopped, in fact getting at least 2 or 3 a day...wish there were something you can do to stop them. I have registered complaints to no avail...btw, we are on a do not call list and have been registered for years. Phone calls come from all different area codes, including our local area code and local numbers.

Just called me, there still going. I just ask them for an IP address they are monitoring and they hang up

Yes, they just called again with a new number. I can only block 20 numbers with my home phone so I may have to get a new number to stop this. But what really makes me mad is that today they also began 'following' me on Pinterest. I blocked them and told Pinterest they are spammers. Hopefully, they will do something as the FTC hasn't stopped this. I get multiple calls a day at all hours of the night and day. Maybe they get paid by call instead of sales.

they got me with Verizon wireless internet for the home at 59.99 charge and i'm afraid they will try to get 19.99 for 18 months or so they said, aug. 29,2014 how do i go about getting my money back and help putting a stop to these theifs?

They are still doing this- I constantly receive calls from them daily although I am on the DO NOT CALL list and request this every time . It's annoying and totally unacceptable that they can use a phone farm to call US citizens and harass them.

They are still at their game. A man calls us every week and he is selling Viagra Pills or pain medication.

Thank you for sharing your experiences. We can't address complaints that come through the blog comments. Please go to ftc.gov/complaint to report this.

I get the same call at least 5 times a day. I have blocked the # but it does me no good because they call from a different # everytime.

As of April 13 2015 this number is still calling people and trying the scam. NO reason that this number Really FTC - try harder, take the number out of service along with the scammers

Current technology makes it easy for scammers to fake or “spoof” caller ID information, so the number you see on your phone probably isn’t real. The FTC analyzes complaint data to identify illegal callers based on calling patterns, and is pursuing technology-based solutions to combat illegal calls and practices. The Robocalls information page has details about the FTC’s Robocalls Initiative and a list of some recent cases.

They shut down nothing. They just called me, with the SAME PHONE NUMBER. That laugh at and give the finger to our FTC that does NOTHING to stop this nonsense. The technology exists to STOP these calls, but it is not enforced.

Please report this to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

Blog comments don't go into the database.

Way to go, FTC!!!

I go to the Do Not Call complaint page every time I get a bogus call on my phones ( both registered in the DO NOT CALL data base. More often now it is my cell phone number . I sure hope my efforts to tell the DO Not CALL people are paying off and I get less instead of more calls soon.

I have three numbers on the "do not call" list and I keep getting robot calls. These calls tell me that my credit rating is such that I qualify for reduced credit card rates. How do I get these to stop?

Do not answer the phone for any call that is not in your address book.

I have been plagued by "Rachel with Card Holder Services" calling me, when we are on the Do Not Call registry. I am terribly concerned about this particular call because the caller ID showed my home number when it called me at home. I don't know how this company is able to get away with this, but it is very disturbing that it continues. I have filed multiple complaints on the DoNotCall.gov site and am seeing no improvements. I could not even file a complaint on the website because it was the same number. This same company (foreign, b/c I was curious to see who it was)has multiple numbers from which it called. They started out as out of area and slowly became more local and now my own number. How is it that a company is able to modify their number for caller id??

The FTC is not helpful in stopping the robo calls and the DoNotCall Registry also fails to help consumers. I receive 3-5 scammer calls per day. My new tactic is NOT TO ANSWER THE PHONE. I will let all calls go to voice mail and call back only those that are tried and true. Additionally, I also press *60 on my phone and add the scam numbers to my block list. If we all band together and don't answer our phone calls personally,the scammers have no one to speak to other than a voice message. Take that you scammers!

Sign up for the National Do Not Call Registry. You can register online or call toll-free 1-888-382-1222 from the number you wish to register. You’ll get fewer telemarketing calls within 31 days of registering your number..IS NO LONGER EFFECTIVE. I VERIFIED MINE IS STILL ACTIVE, BUT USELESS AGAINST ROBO-CALLS. MY VERIZON WILL NOT ACT AGAINST "MULTI-DIAL" CALLERS

Nice going F.T.C. !!!

.., Btw, Up 'til recently, I had'nt been bothered by these scum-calls.., but, last week I received a couple calls from "000-000-0000".., and, just today, I received 3 calls from "732-195-4384"..(??!!). I don't answer uninvited #'s. It sux having to share this beautiful world with bottomfeeders..More power to ya F.T.C. ...(!!)

The Do NOT Call List doesn't stop junk calls! Just give me a way to contact you and I will supply you with dozens of numbers who have called me in violation of the law. The latest come from people who want me to change my power supplier.

I continue to get calls from Jamica, saying I have won money, and asking me to send money in order to get my winnings. Here are a few of the tele#


The same scam artists call over and over again, both my home and cell phones. Both have been on the national Do Not Call list since it was introduced several years back. Why don't we have a law which prohibits robo calls? That would go a long way towards shutting down these thieves.

I have signed up for the do not call list every year. It had always worked for me, until 2013, then all the electronics in my house went crazy, especially my cell phone and my computer. I had money taken from my bank account and credit cards. I received calls from people claiming to be a collection agency. I told them I had nothing in collections, and I would not give info like that on the phone... the girl yelled at me and told me they would just come to my house and take the money from me.I hope shutting down the phone scam takes care of this problem for all people.

Good Job FTC! This reassures my faith in you, somewhat.

So is the FTC going to contact the people who assisted in this arrest with all the information provided to them?
What about that persons identity and accounts ? What about irreversible damage ? The complete emotional breakdown of being violated ? Is the FTC going to find damages for that person who never gave up hope & kept informing you?

what I do to get the people off my cell phone and home phone,I'm on do not call list both phone,but they still call, please help

I gave up my land line, went with a phone for my home, though Verizon it is called home connect. It is only 22.99 a month all the call you want to make including out of country calls. I purchased a Panasonic phone with the featured block called in it this way you don't get charged for the service, because of the service through Verizon. I have had this service 4 years now and just love it. I save a bundle of money. Oh, yea you can take this phone anywhere you go on vacations, motels, etc. I use an inverter in my car for regular electricity to plug it into. I thank Wal-Mart has one, I saw advertised, but I am not sure of the name. I also register the phone through the no call, and they finally stopped. Good Luck

I know that some telemarketers are terrible at their job and probably hate what they do. But there are MANY like me. I have done telemarketing for 18years and I am very good at it. I feel your pain with the DNC list. I don't want to call you if you don't want me to. HERE IS A TIP: telemarketers are humans, but when some people believe one phone call ruined their meal, day, morning… and so on, and start talking down to me! No I will not remove you from my list, I will mark you as an answering machine so my dial has someone else call you soon. If I am treated with respect then I reciprocate. I am never rude I simply hang up. This is why people wonder "why won't they take me off the list?" Try having a conversation instead of trying to tell another human what to do. What I'm saying is show some humanity and it will come back to you tenfold!

You're biggest scum to even have the audacity asking for us to talk to you nicely... Nobody has asked or gave you the permission to call ANYONE at ANYTIME with whatever scap you're trying to sell. If I need something I go out and find it myself. Thank god for the smartphones now that we can block every single blocked, and non-blocked number at will and never have to deal with this waste of time ever again. Hope that all the tele-scammers out there are looking for regular decent jobs like most of us have. Peace out!!

countless times, telemarketer, and I still get multiple telemarketing calls a day. Now I just pretend I'm senile and going to get my credit card and waste as much of your time as possible.

To THE_telemarketer
I would NOT be respectful to you in any way. You should be ashamed of what you do. You wasted 18 years of your entire life. Show some humanity? Are you on drugs? You are so wrong on the part that telemarketers are human, NO you are not, I'm sure you laugh at every single negative post that these people have posted. Your Mom and Grandma would be so proud of you. SHAME ON YOU..

f u THE_telemarketer... get a real job and stop wasting our time. better yet give me your number so I can call you....

I have been looking for a job for about a year now. Most companies now require an online application. Most require a telephone number and email address. All job search sites require this info. I have to work so had to submit this contact info. I have not been contacted for a job ever, but receive about ten calls a day from telemarketers with indian accents and about fifty emails a day from scammers. I was polite to the first 500 of them, but each time I ask one to stop calling me, I get 2 more calls within the next 10 min. Mr. telemarketer; I am not sorry if I offend you because you are not sorry that you waste my phone minutes that I rely upon to look for work. You are to lazy to get a real job, and profit from working people who sweat, bleed, and hurt. You are pathetic and useless. If the workers of this country knew where you were, and where the corporate CEO who hired you was, you would both probably hang from a telephone cord. America was great at one time,but the greed, corruption, and manipulative methods of the wealthy corporate gods who rule us destroyed that greatness. Make a good product, put it on a shelf, and I will buy it. Lie to me, harrass me, and try to manipulate me instead, and I will try to bankrupt you and destroy you. Don't ask me to treat you with the dignity and respect that a human deserves, because you care nothing about humanity.

hahaha...telemarketer, I waste your time when you call...I pretend that I don't hear very well, make you say things two and three times. I had one guy on the line for nearly 15 minutes, until I started laughing and hung up on him. So, telemarketer, I am waiting for your call...and to waste your time. Oh, don't think I am wasting my time, I am working on my computer while I waste yours--and that is why I also need you to repeat. lol....

Great job FTC. Keep making those arrest.

Got a voice message from someone called Richard Jefferts purporting to be serving papers on behalf of a claimant at 1-866-579-5433. I did not call the number and the name of the party being served does not live at my address. Researching this exact same scam is well known and reported on the internet. I have reported this to the CT State Attorney General.

I was victim of fraud last year for two months and this people took me a lot of money.
Thank you so much.

ok, the scammers goal is making money, right? well, it seems to me that if you waste as much of their time as possible acting genuinely interested in their "product" or "offer", pretend to try to get them the info they want about you but feign forgetfulness or misplaced corrective lenses, then tell them you must go due to some made-up emergency, and ask em to call you back tomorrow, then do same thing to em again if they do call back, eventually they'll realize they cant get any $$ from you, and they'll move on...anyone ever tried that?

Thank goodness for caller ID, these creeps start early in the AM and call until late at night. Sue them for all they are worth to get it to stop! PLEASE!

If you get a call about you have won money and please send this much to claim your prize. Tell them to just take it out of what you have won and send the rest. They never know what to say to that and usually hang up I have not got a call about that in years. :)

I for such a call saying I had won $989,000,000+, all I needed to do was pay the taxes which was $9500. was told it was from Publishers Clearing house. Since I had sent things to PCH I was a sucker and sent the money in cash through Federal Express. there is more to this story but this will give you an idea of the scams out there.

The information says I can print a copy of my registration but all I get printed is the name and logo nothing more to verify the number I want blocked.
How do I solve this?

Someone called me identifying herself as a person who was investigating my grandson's wife on a fraud charge and wanted her phone number. In additon to my number, the lady also had the telephone numbers of several other relatives and also my grandson's wife's imployer number. My grandson's wife said this was a scam, but I don't know why anyone would go to such lenghs to scam someone of very meager means! Is there such a scam? Also, how do I go about removing my name from any telephone list to be called for such reasons?

This was more than likely someone doing a skip trace, they are trying to get information on this person because of money they owe for medical bills, credit card debt, etc.

These scammers will go to any lengths if they think there is a chance they will get money. They don't care who they scam.

I understand we have to allow certain robo calls, but I feel they all should be banned. I have tried to trace calls by reverse scan on the internet and come up with a city or cell or landline, but no more info. I get at least 20 calls a month and wish there was an easy way to trap them.

My scammers number is GADS1 404-891-5588. They will cal to ask for small fee to send up to 15,000 for home repairs, student loans, etc. sometimes they don't talk and hang up. They have said they're calling from Utah. Broken English. I have not reported them but will. I've also gotten 3 of the Nigerian lotto scams in different forms in the last month. Very thoughtful of that Emmanuel Fred and the queen of some African nation to think of me!

I am being harassed by repeated, random calls from someone whose phone number is always tagged with JM at the end. He calls at all hours--over 60 times thus far. Various phony offers and different names; always disguises his voice. It's always the same person, and the numbers are phony and can be manufactured for free through Google and other sources. THERE SEEMS TO BE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING THAT WE CAN DO TO RID OURSELVES OF THIS NUISANCE! If the FTC does anything, I would like to know how to rouse them!

My scam came by email. I answered an add to get my own web site and make a lot of money by selling on it. They got me and now I'm waiting to see what the FTC's final decision is as to what they will do to them and will I get money back.

I have been receiving calls saying they are with Microsoft and are getting a signal from my computer. I tell them I have an Apple Mac. They don't even know what it is. The man has a very strong accent. He tells me to go to my computer, turn it on, and then he can fix the Microsoft Windows problem. The number I finally got on my caller ID is: 999100100. Today I got a call from this same foreigner and the number that showed up was: 442031298925. Any information on these numbers? Thanks.

i just received another call from these people at 6:30am! last time she told me the same thing and would not give up when i told her the computer was i the basement & no phone there. they most likely are coming from India based on the accent and the time my call was received. Snopes has nothing at this time nor did any site. i don't have caller ID so can't help there but the FTC has the number filed and supposedly shut down. if so, why are the calls still coming?

I get these calls multiple times in a week and have been getting them for over six months. Sometimes I just say that my computer is a work computer and they give up, or I go along with them for a while then ask them to hold and hung up on them. Today I asked if I could call them back and they gave me a number of 209-436-9644 and I called it back and it was the same guy with the heavy India accent...I think I will start calling him daily and harassing him! By the way, the phone number he provided is a Calfornia number and he said his name is Eric. I have filed a complaint with the Do Not Call Dept.

We received these calls literally every single day for six months. At first I would ask to be removed from their list, and they would tell me that they would not remove me, then they said they would only remove me after I connected them to my computer. I even told them that I have a Macintosh, which I do, several times. That sent one of them into a foreign language tirade. I imagined Rumplestiltskin stamping himself into the floor. They tapered off when I started to tell them that their families were ashamed of them for not going to college so they could get a legitimate call center job. LOL! All kidding aside though, these people were verbally abusive on a daily basis. I even tried to get them to stay on the line long enough to get useful information, but then they would shout obscenities at me and hang up when I wouldn't connect them to my computer. I wrote down the numbers for several days because they were always different, and from different state/city area codes, and called my local law enforcement, but they told me that there was nothing that they could do because they were all out of the country. We have senior citizens from our church who came very close to connecting these same scammers while we were at their home, but we able to stop them in time by telling them to hang up the phone. These people are a menace, but they must be making money or they wouldn't still be doing this.

This outfit still exists! I had a call yesterday!!

I have received several calls from GADS1 at 404-891-5588. They claim to represent "Windows" and want to help me clean out my computer virus. I have put them off and they keep calling. I thought they were "out of business" ?
Can I help, 941-966-0084.

Have received several calls from Longview Acquiescence asking for info on daughter,saying she is in big trouble and needs to call 866-846-0337,that they have sealed papers that need to be served. They called her cell phone yesterday,left a threating message. Read online that it is a scam,so don't answer the phone now,and they leave messages saying this is your last warning. The calls are all blocked,so have no idea where or who they are.Please look into this scam.

I have received close to 24 calls in the last two days. I tried reporting it to the FBI but they said to call the FTC. I played along today and was able to get a call back number from the man. I am posting it on Craigslist under free office furniture. I hope they get
a lot of calls!

When you receive a call that you suspect it’s from a scammer, best thing to do is to hang up the phone and file a complaint with the FTC. The more details you give in your complaint the better it is for law enforcement to track these callers. The FTC’s complaint database is available for investigations to more than 2,000 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.

We have been receiving these calls from JM for nearly three years, telling us of our big winnings, but asking for money before we can get it. So many times we've asked them to stop, but they continue. When we refuse to co-operate, they get angry and even use abusive language, such as "F--- You!" We rarely answer their calls now days, but sometimes the caller I D shows "private caller" or "Unknown caller", then we do answer. One day we listed their calls, and had 111 calls in one day. Very nerve wracking !! What can be done to stop these people ? We have a list of about 30 numbers they call from.

I am so glad to hear you've had a victory!!! Scam activity via phone seems to have really exploded over the past year. We've been plagued by Stonebridge Life for nearly a year, for example, and others, supposedly selling "insurance" and other scams, like fake debt collection. We can typically get a half a dozen supposed "toll free" calls daily. Stonebridge has slowed down for now (I am boycotting JCPenney for life as a result of the harrassment and fraud with which they collude) but others seem to be increasing activity. Today we got one call with a CID with just zeros, another one "private" and then 4 calls in 4 hours from an ostensible New York number (212) 777-3456 that is all over the web for various scams, most commonly bullying to try to get people to let them log onto their computers remotely, claiming to be from Microsoft or other "tech" support, for years. We had to turn off the phone volume so we could have a few hours of peace tonight. I am jobhunting and phone interviewing and these calls are seriously impacting my productivity. Our phones have become vehicles for trespassing and thievery. It is becoming scary. Put them in prison and throw away the keys!!!!

THERE IS A NEW PHONE SCAMMER MAKING CALLS, PLEASE BE WEARY OF 210 NUMBERS, 210-390-0070 & 210-625-3672 ARE THE NUMBERS I HAVE GOTTEN. They claim they are from Pretrial Intervention and tell you there is a warrant for your arrest for unpaid Payday Loans and try to get your personal information. Please spread this around. I have reported them to the FTC again today. When I tell them I have reported them they get nasty and tell me this is not a joke. I have told them several times I am waiting for someone to show up with the warrant, but no one ever shows!! They are a true piece of work and need to be stopped!!

I received a call from someone with a strong Indian/Pakistani Accent. They said that I was eligible for a $twenty Thousand Dollar loan. At the time I was desperate for money. I am on Disability, and my monthly payment is barely enough for me to get by. I must have had a brain fart, because I fell for this scam. They told me that I had to purchase a Green Dot Money Pack in the amount of $220.00 for a "Transfer fee. While I am ashamed that I fell for this, I'll tell you that I did get that card, funded it with the amount they asked for. After that transaction, they again asked for more money for A "Good Faith" payment in the amount of $155.00. I bought another Green Dot Card, and funded that as well. To make this long story shorter, they kept asking for more and more money. By this time I was desperate for money, as i now had less money left in my account than I needed to pay the rent. This scam, and my gullibility, wiped me out, and I had to ask my brother for money to pay the rent, and ask my son for money for food. I was humiliated, but had no choice. I reported this to the FTC. While my rent was paid, and my refrigerator full, I had no cash for an entire month. I take several medications for my disability, and couldn't afford it. Some of the medicine was addicting, and I started to go through withdrawal. I had to write a check for the medicine, even though my checking account did not have the funds to cover the check. I had no choice, beside going to the hospital to relive the withdrawal. The most hurtful thing about this incident, is that I have tarnished my name and trust. The Pharmacy will no longer take a check from me, and perhaps most important, I have embarrassed myself for asking for handouts. And I no longer trust anyone with an accent I can't identify. I have learned a valuable lesson, and if this message helps even just one person, it is worth the time I took to write this.

The calls from the people representing Microsoft Windows are definitely back. I got six calls yesterday. They change their ID numbers constantly. Please FTC, do something about these scammers and robo callers. My number is for emergencies only. This is scary.

Just out of curiosity, are any of you senior citizens? Ever since I got an AARP membership, I started getting about 10 calls a day from telemarketers and scammers. I sent an email to AARP asking who they sell our info to and why. The calls I get all know my name, address and phone number.

dino, it's not aarp. The big three credit agencies sell lists of seniors to anyone.

Just got a call from GADS. I never answer them.
They come directly to my cell, from forwarded calls to my business and home land line. Never open/answer emails from unknown parties. Only look at Tim from either iPhone or iPad.

I also am getting a call from the very telephone number. Since I do not know anyone in that particular code area nor that I ever call to that code, I figured that this call might be a scum and never answered it.

My 80 year old mother is getting phone calls from Jamaica, Idaho, CA & NY. Different numbers every time. Foreign accents. Telling her she has a certified check. Yesterday she got 6 calls in 2 hours.
She in on Do Not Call.

Asked to be put on the do not call list. they keep calling. My wife even told them that we do not have a pc! They keep calling back. how can i block it?
gads1 1-404-891-5588

RE: "DO NOT CALL" list. I am just writing this note to agree with a few others here on this one topic, and that is to say the "LIST" is a joke. I have signed up my home phone I forget how many times, for years, ever since this thing was supposed to be working, and my family has yet to notice ANY decrease in the # of banned call types we signed up to be blocked. The offenders DON'T CARE about the un-enforced threat of a fine or the empty threat of their numbers being nullified. They just continue to do what they do, secure in the knowledge that as long as they don't allow any one of the business names and numbers to get to big, they are safe. The law is toothless.

I don't see anyone writing in to say how great the "Do Not Call" system works. This lack of positive comments is more than likely due to the fact that the "DNC" System doesn't work at all. Not as far as I can tell. I would like to see just ONE message praising the "DNC" system.

I'm using a device, Call Blocker Plus, which blocks up to 140 phone numbers. I've found it to be very effective.

Hey, thank you, Yrdneh!

This group is still at it. Just received a call from them. Guess the FTC didn't get the job finished...

An official-sounding gentleman (pffft) called and left a message stating that he was serving papers, he indicated (as MANY of the scams do, in one way or another) that this was his LAST attempt to contact whomever. This may be a phishing operation to collect information from the unwitting, scared person who immediately calls back a number about a supposed "court case" and "papers" that may be brought to their "place of work," if they cannot be contacted. FORTUNATELY, we know that this is NOT how legitimate operations work. My husband said, "No one is going to WARN you that they are going to serve papers, that this is their final attempt. They just DO. If you are in that kind of trouble."

the BEST thing you can do is NOT ANSWER an unknown number. If it is the Federal Government, they will contact you BY MAIL. GO DOWN IN PERSON to the nearest office and ask what they need. Do NOT call a number.

PLEASE be aware that the Social Security Administration does business via mail. They will NOT call and ask you for your social security number. This is a SCAM, sometimes to re-route benefits to another account. GO TO THE SSA OFFICE and they will BLOCK internet access to your account and FLAG your account. DO IMMEDIATELY if you have fallen victim to these idiots and given out your SS number.

Seems as though some group is making it APPEAR that they are calling from a number located at a Jamaica, NY SS office. If you trace the number, it goes to Jamaica, NY SS office. HOWEVER, they can make (obviously ARE) it LOOK as though that is the number that the call is coming from. It may not be. DO EVERYTHING IN PERSON WITH SSA.

I have received 15 calls in 2 hours today. I kept all the numbers and tried to call them back, all of them are none working numbers. Why isn't there a way these area coded numbers can be deleted by the phone company? There should be a way to make a phone number to be contacted back by anyone. If these idiots can purchase a working phone number, we should be able to call them back. They all need to get a job and stop scamming the elderly.

This SCAM IS NOT shut down, I just received the fifth call this week. I guess the Do-Not-Call list is just a joke or a scam the government is running.

Gads1 is still operational on the number listed above. Definitely not shut down.

I have been getting calls from someone that sounds like they're from India almost everyday for two years. They say they're with US Pharmacy and are trying to sell Viagra and similar meds. They call from all different numbers with area codes through out the USA, and if you don't answer they call unknown. There has been nothing to stop these harassing calls. If anyone has this issue, please respond. I googled it and found a blog of angry Americans about it. Apparently the do not call registry has done nothing.

The same thing every day. They asked what meds I take and that I'd ordered from them. I don't take anything at all so how did that happen?? They told me there in Houston TX. I'll sue them for TCPA if I can find them.

I get calls from US pharmacies up to 4 times a day, almost everyday at all hours, including weekends, for the past 2 years. I am on the do not call list, I have told them repeatedly to stop calling. I have told them I do not participate in scams. One person told me they would continue to call me daily. I have blocked about 20 different numbers on my phone, but they still call, if I do not answer they call back. I have told them that this is harassment, but they do not care. It is frustrating and I want it to stop.

If you're getting telemarketing calls after you registered your telephone number, you can file a complaint at donotcall.gov. You need to know the date of the call and the company’s name or phone number to file a complaint. A telemarketer who disregards the National Do Not Call Registry could be fined up to $16,000 for each call.

Hello Bridget. I have been on donotcall for years. Does that matter to someone calling from India? Not a chance! Unless there was some collaboration with the U.S.and Indian governments to trace these operations in India, what hope do you have to stop these calls? In the case of Rachel of Cardholder services: It was more than one company using that robocall. And the U.S. government did manage to close several of them, but others have taken their place. Most of the calls that I receive from U.S. Pharmacy show on caller ID as a single digit - 1. You cannot even enter that on the donotcall website, because it expects a ten digit number, so it gives an error message. In my experience, any company that calls themselves 'U.S. anything', or 'American anything', is from India. Sorry not to be able to offer a solution.

I keep getting the same calls! I told one that I wasn't a guy and didn't need Viagra he then stated that they had it for women. I hung up. I've cursed at them and hung up the minute I hear the accented voice. I'm on the do not call list but these people don't care! I'm considering just changing my phone number so I can get real phone calls and not lazy idiot scammers.

same thing happening here

I literally just got off the phone with these a-holes who actually threatened to keep calling if I didn't order some of their product. "Just place an order with me, or we will keep calling you for the rest of your miserable life." If anyone finds a way to get at these guys, let me know.

I get emails from them stating there is a warrant for my arrest copy and they working with FTC, bureau of default. They said I'm in violatin of check fraud. There is no address only a state of CO which I have never been to. These emails are very annoying and drive me mad. The calls never stop. Anyone know what is being done about this? Whhy can't these people be found and stopped.

On August 15, 2014, I installed a call blocking system and blocked all but three U.S. area codes, which means 99 percent of the scammers who attempt to ring my phone can't. I was astonished when I saw my call log yesterday morning. Unbelievably, a scammer attempted to call my landline TWENTY-NINE times, beginning in the early evening on the 28th and ending on the morning of the 29th. There was no telephone number or any other caller identification listed. Had I not had a call blocking system, I would have had to turn my phone off for 15 hours! I cannot believe that the telephone companies in cooperation with the government cannot stop this blatant harassment. I also cannot believe that these scams are profitable to the perpetrators. Most senior citizens are not uninformed, gullible, or addled. I am 70 years old, and neither I nor any other senior citizen I know answer these illegal calls.

Calls from 305 761-1213 and 305 921-7709 - that I need to call immediately - my name and social security number is involved in a case and I will be prosecuted.

There is nothing you can do to stop the U.S. pharmacy calls. I have tried everything. Many of the calls can't be blocked, also they use new numbers all the time. Just change your phone number.


thank you

How is it that we can file complaints to the FTC concerning issues that affect consumers. When they have been taken advatage of by bad policies and practices of businesses. However,they require them to settle in judgemen. For wrong doing. But consumers are requierd to file for a refund through FTC?.

They called me today 2/19/2015. Today, they said they were "Windows Technical Support." They said that my computer was infected with viruses and about to crash. They were getting messages sent to them, they said. They needed to take action immediately. It was so lame that I just told them to hang up. So, they did.

I get this call daily also along with the U S pharmacy call to my cell phone. I always tell them if my computer is sending them s message to provided me worth the ip Address it is sending it to and they ask me what is ip address, that when I tell them well ur windows tech support I would hope you would at least know what am ip is and they usually hang up, but someone the threaten to shut my computer down with many viruses.

I got a call from this number on 2/21/2015.

Please please don't be offended at the ones stating they still receive these calls. You are doing a good job and we appreciate it but these crooks just simply switch phone numbers and tactics.

If I am reading the latest article correctly, a 10 million dollar fine and a cease and desist order from future telemarketing scams for stealing over 20 million dollars, then please explain to me why these people are not in jail! Of course they are simply going to relocate and continue scamming people.

I always being register in the Do not call, but I still receive calls from the same company with different numbers. Other times,there is no Id # or name, if they do, I call back but sounds no valid, or the system announce a private number.Other one, my code ID # shows my own cell or home #.The Microsoft calls for technical support keep calling me claiming that I did call them, which I did not. I receive international calls the ID shows local area code, but they are calling overseas. The worse experience is, every time I file a complaint about bad customer services from any public store or business, immediately after, I star receiving, scams or marketing calls that I never solicited. USA should not permit business hire workers from overseas, especially from Caribbean Islas, Banks, or medicine mail providers like CVS, Or business like a Domino's Pizza,as a regular customer for the one near my home, But one time after I have give my credit card, the call sounds like far away and I asked why, the say because the orders receives are locate in Mexico, I live in Miami.. The pizza also did not taste as good Dominos are, and the logos in the box looks like in color but they were some how different..Obviously this pizza was made in the little Haiti according its presentation and taste... We have no place were to report this kind of scam, in South Florida is a lot scam going on, and there is no government control of it.

For problems with businesses in your state, you can contact the state Attorney General and local consumer protection agencies. You can file a complaint about unwanted calls and robocalls at ftc.gov/complaint

I've been getting emails about a bank account with a bank that I don't deal with !!! it's always urgent or something

This is a lie YOU DID NOT SHUT THIS DOWN!!!! Im still getting calls from that same number.

We are relying on a goverment agency to actually do the job they were created for and they are unsuccessful. Either they do not have the technology to stop these scammers, or they simply do not care. My theory is that if they did their job and eliminated the problem they would no longer have such an easy job with good pay and benefits. If all law enforcement and all goverment officials did what they are supposed to do, there would be no need for so many of them and they would have to do actual work like the rest of us. If they purposelly allow certain crimes to continue and keep making new laws that criminalize new things, then they will have job security and the ability to further rape the tax payers who provide their' salaries.

I have received 8 to 9 calls per day for well over six months now. Caller ID says AUTO INSURANCE w/ the #916-347-0717. I am on the DNC list and told them so. I told them to stop. They didn't. They have a press 1 feature to be taken off their list. It doesn't work. I filed a complaint with the FTC. This number shows up on the FTC website as a frequently reported number. I didn't expect immediate action but the calls were increasing. Verizon said they could not block the call and were useless. I called the Office of the Attorney General in my state (NJ) and got a lawyer on the phone. He said it wasn't his area but he would forward the info to their consumer department and they would reach out to me. That was on 3/20/15 (Friday). Today is 3/24 at 7am. I haven't heard from the AG's office yet BUT....I HAVE NOT RECEIVED A CALL FROM THAT NUMBER SINCE THE LAWYER IN THE AG'S OFFICE TOOK MY COMPLAINT. TRY IT!!!!!

This report is dated more than a year ago. How can they claim to have closed these crooks down when I just a call not more than 10 minutes ago.

Please report the call, with as much detail as you can provide, to ftc.gov/complaint so it becomes part of the FTC database that's used by investigators nationwide.

These Gads1 callers offer to remove your number from they're data base but never do and call over and over, I think they are the lowest form of life and told them so with other insults...I suggest folks start calling the FBI ,IC3 ,FCC or what ever it takes to oust these turkeys from bothering us again!

Still calling! Must not have shut them down!

I received a call from GADS1 #404-891-5589 on
May 22, 2015, at 10:52 A.M. Can't these be stopped?!!!!

YOU HAVEN'T STOPPED NOTHING. THIS PAGE IN ITSELF IS A SCAM Mine came up GADS1. They wanted to remove a virus they were monitoring thru my web browser. She was very rude in trying to get me to play along so I gave her hell for 10 minutes and played along. THIS IS A SCAM. DO NOT LET ANYONE HAVE CONTROL OF YOUR COMPUTER LIKE THIS, THEY WILL ROB YOU BLIND.

the GDS1 "scam" is still going on... I received a call today, 6/28/15

I get a call from US Pharmacy - 2-3 times a day trying to sell me Viagra. I ask them to take me off their list. I block their calls from the numbers they call from. They find new ways around it. It is non-stop. I have had one of the people curse at me and call me an F...-er. It is so aggressive. Any ideas on how to stop them?

Hi, these people have been calling me from the longest. I've blocked every number they called me from. Today they had the audacity to call me from an unknown number, they call me like every other day, When I asked them nicely to remove my number from their calling list they hung up on me and now I just tell them no thank you" and hang up on them. Anyone knows where I can report this people so their annoying calls can stop?

You can report the unwanted calls to ftc.gov/complaint. If you keep answering the phone, even to say 'no thanks' or to tell them to take you off their list, the may keep calling, because they know your number is a working number.

Even if you don't answer, they keep calling. I get at least 5 calls a day from them. I've ignored them, I've asked nicely and I've screamed. Every time they call, they call from a different number. I've been hung up by them, laughed at and called names. US Pharmacy has seriously got to be stopped. They are getting ridiculous with the amount of calls. Being on the no call list doesn't matter and you can't call them back because the numbers they are using aren't even registered working numbers, so reporting them does nothing.

Honestly, reporting the unwanted calls to ftc.gov/complaint is a ridiculous waste of time. Absolutely NOTHING ever happens. Is this what our taxpayer dollars are going to? A worthless FTC that does nothing for the actual public complaints? Read the comments - the public has been reporting these calls from US Pharmacy for YEARS and they are still getting the calls.

Let's start a Trade Embargo against India! All calls are coming from there!!! Contact your State Rep and complain!!!

What a joke! These scammers call me four or five times a day. You sure did a great job of "shutting them down"! Typical government agency, all talk, no action. As long as you have good press releases you can all keep your unaccountable government jobs.

they call me daily for years. I tried many different approaches, anger, humor, serious, customer (not really) etc. It does not work. I blocked what feels like hundreds of #s. Kinda got used to this BS.

US PHARMACY... I get these every day... sometimes 4 times a day... numbers listed, unlisted, and blocked. Please fix this epidemic in our Country.

IOLO System Mechanic fraud. I get calls all the time from people saying they represent IOLO. They are obviously foreign and not knowledgeable. They do attempt to have you download their software for remote access. NEVER LET THEM

Been getting calls from US Pharmacy for over 10 years asking for my deceased father. I've tried everything to get them to stop. Nothing can be done because they are based overseas. We need a good hacker to take down their system. They don't play by the rules, either should we.

next time they call, I'll just act like i'm interested and keep them on the phone for hours. I bet they stop calling me then.

just mess with them.... make then take tons of time explaining their service, ask questions, keep them on the phone for 15+ minutes then make fun of their mom... they will quit calling since they know youre wasting their precious 'scam-time'.


My cell phone is registered with do not call i have in my block list! all of these keep calling 201-450-9009 205-319-0909 949-280-6485 there are more but I have to keep changing from my blocked list to this screen which is not easy for me I appologize

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