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FTC sues telemarketers over Do Not Call violations

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If you’re on the Do Not Call Registry, companies shouldn’t call you out of the blue to try and sell you something. In fact, it’s usually illegal.

The FTC continues to take action against companies and telemarketers that ignore the Registry. The latest example: today the FTC announced a complaint against Alliance Security, a home security system installation company, Alliance’s owner, Jasjit Gotra, and two of Alliance’s telemarketing firms, along with their owners. These two telemarketing firms — Defend America and Power Marketing Promotions — and their owners have agreed to settle the FTC’s charges.

Like with many illegal telemarketing operations, each call typically started with a prerecorded message asking people to press 1 or follow prompts. Anyone who did was then connected to a live telemarketer.

Even after receiving many complaints, the FTC says, the companies continued to call people whose numbers were on the Do Not Call Registry. Some people went as far as scheduling installation appointments just to tell Alliance in person to stop calling, the FTC alleges. Alliance Security and Gotra previously settled charges with the FTC in 2014 while doing business as Versatile Marketing Solutions.

You can learn more about the Do Not Call Registry in our FAQs. If a company doesn’t respect the Registry, report it. To add your number to the Do Not Call Registry, go to donotcall.gov or call 1-888-382-1222 from the phone you want to register.

What if you’re on the Registry and still getting bombarded by unwanted calls? Odds are, many of them are from scammers — and they don’t care about the Registry. Find out more about your options when it comes to blocking unwanted calls— and report the ones you get at ftc.gov/complaint. We take the phone numbers you report and release them each business day to help telecommunications carriers and other industry partners that are working on call blocking solutions. Your complaints also help law enforcement identify the people behind illegal calls. For tips on blocking unwanted calls, go to ftc.gov/calls, where you'll find graphics you can share with your friends and followers.

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getting worse and worse - this article is from 2018.

sirs, thought that i was on the d not call list 931-879-5059 was the call that was a local number but a recording on the other line. Tell them to quite calling. Alton Gernt 931-879-2826 Thank you

It doesn't matter if you report them I have had 105 telemarketers call from 806 748-____ numbers since February and have listed them with the FTC and it didn't do any good so all you can do is get a phone with 300 blocker capacity and then maybe you'll get them to stop calling good luck it took me 10 months to stop them

I think telemarketers should have to pay the number they are calling $.50 per call. On the do not call list and still receive 12 to 19 calls a day. Four calls per day would pay my bill instead of me paying to be harassed. If it wasn’t so profitable for the telemarketers maybe there would not be so many. Same for scammers, plus with scammers they would have to have an account so the criminal activity would be traceable.

I am on the do not call registry but I continue to receive calls from area code 954 numbers daily. They leave no message but in checking the number it is a Medicare scam. How do I stop this?

I get calls from direct energy telemarketers 5 to 10 times a day wanting me to sign up with their energy program. I have tried telling them not to call, and they get nasty or hang up. I hung up on one, and he called me back, cussed me out, and said he would make sure I stayed on their call list. I run a business from home. It interferes with work. I have been on the "do not call list since 2003". It doesn't stop any of the calls. I get a ridiculous amount of scam calls in a day, even on holidays.

Signed up for DNC list and still get calls from same 2-3 companies need help

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